Monday, December 14, 2009

Shhhhhhh



The season of the leaves is almost done. There are still a few trees with leaves hanging on for dear life, but mostly the sky has opened, even on streets that have the densest leaf canopy during the summer.

Now the land land will quiet down, settle into itself for the winter.

I know it's strange, but I think the colorless landscape of winter is every bit as beautiful as the lushness of summer. Sometimes it's kind of a relief not to have to encounter the powerful life force that infuses this swamp in spring and summer, and even into late fall. Winter is a modest season in the midatlantic, modest and beautiful.

From now until March, the bugs are gone, the flowers are gone, the leaves have fallen. All is quiet and subtle, except Brother Wind, of course. It's not winter solstice, but winter is here. Nice!!

15 comments:

Liza said...

I am always amazed how some of those leaves hang on.
Beautiful pics.
Welcome winter!

Linda Sue said...

WOW your photos are stunning as usual- these are perhaps my most favorite! First snow here over night and the world is ...quiet.
Thank you so much for your comment on my Dad thing- I live with an exagerated skeptic- we rarely "talk" so sometimes I need imput from more enlightened, more connected persons like you.Thank you, Reya.

NanU said...

I find the more monotone winter landscape a welcome relief from the business of spring and summer and the rich colors of fall. It's a time to relax, and appreciate the tone-on-tone of bare branches against the cloudy sky. It invites reflection and calm more than the other seasons do.

We're having our first snow of the season today. Just a dusting. It'll all be gone by tomorrow.

willow said...

I'm ready for winter. I love the seasonal change.

Tom said...

looking forward to the first heavy snow and that pristene blinding blanket of white...the crunch of boots through that top layer of frosting...yeah, but i'm already pining for spring ,and Santa is still putting on his Christmas Eve weight; milk & cookies!

Ronda Laveen said...

Nice to be able to sit down with a good book or to write without thinking I should be outside doing yard work all day. Ahhh...

Reason said...

Just an fyi, I still read your blogs for inspiration. Thanks.

lakeviewer said...

Time to rest.

The Bug said...

I would like to say that I'm ready for a break from outside work - but really I'm ready for a break from feeling guilty about not doing any! I'm looking forward to the nothingness that is January & February (my birthday is in March & THAT's not nothing LOL)...

Barbara Martin said...

This is a good time of year to reflect on what has passed and what may come in the spring. A time to rejuvenate one's own energy sources.

The second photo with the leaf: I see a wolf's head inside gazing out. Beautiful, Reya.

Linda Sue said...

Reya, sorry, me again I promise I am not stalking you,,,maybe,,,just read your comment on Stevens blog and laughed untilI read that you woke up to realize that the three pups were not there...There are so many pups looking for you to be their person, you know...I think winter dreams are packed full of messages!

Reya Mellicker said...

I'm still wondering why I named the wiener dogs Jet and Jetta. Roxy is a perfect name for a Boston terrier, if you ask me, but Jet and Jetta? Weird!

ellen abbott said...

We went into the city today for a few things. On the way back, I was noticing how dormant the landscape was. We've had three days of fog here. And I can't remember when was the last time I saw the sun. I'm ready for a sunny day.

Mrsupole said...

On the second picture I am wondering if you saw all the little winter fairies in it. There are a lot of them in the picture. Maybe they are watching over you right now during this time. They have special powers to spread joy and kindness, along with love during this time of year. Because winter can sometimes be so harsh, the winter fairies have to constantly working and then they get to rest during the spring and summer.

I hope you can see them and find more throughout the winter season. You have to be specially blessed to be able to find them, and just look at how many are there. Go Reya!!!!!

God bless.

Reya Mellicker said...

Winter fairies and wolf faces and the ghost of a leaf. Wow!!