Saturday, February 4, 2012

the winter garden

I could, also, call this post, "just forget what I said in the last one...." I had just finished putting the finishing touches on my dreamlike words of winter isolation and had contentedly sunk down into the muffled quiet - the comfortable pillow - of a welcome hermitage, when, the temperature rose and we experienced a week of unseasonally warm temperature. A vague sort of thaw! I mean, we have patches of bare ground, here and there!!! Someone even said that they heard the chickadees calling their spring songs. I'm confused - I was all ready for winter but who could resist venturing back out of their cave - both literally and in their psyches - when they hear that!?!

Being reticent to hope too soon for spring - only to have 'Indian Winter' sneaking back to disappoint - if you don't mind - I'd like to celebrate the pretty, glittery winter garden that we had, early on. Ooooh, we had some sparkling mornings at the very beginning of the season! The light was thrilling! =] In the meantime, I'm still going through one kajillion, bazillion photos of my summer garden - trying to get them down to a handful so that I can, FINALLY, share them with you - wish me luck! ;)

(try clicking on this next image so that you can really see the ice crystals...=])

The Sky is low - the Clouds are mean.
A travelling Flake of Snow
Across a Barn or through a Rut
Debates if it will go.

A narrow Wind complains all Day
How some one treated him
Nature, like Us is sometimes caught
Without her Diadem.

~ Emily Dickinson



  1. Katie your images are stunning! I am missing our cold and wintery days here in Virginia. I'm afraid the season will leave us with no snow fall at all, just one dusting. Therefore, I am turning my thoughts towards spring and thinking of planting a new vegetable bed and also ponder where to transplant my rose garden to as the deer were able to enjoy it more (munch, munch) than I was. Looking forward to seeing your summer photos!

  2. Beautiful !!...we have also winter here lots of snow and it is freezing - 18 degrees on the day !!...brrrrrr......Trevor do not like the hurts her feets...she want not to walk in......and Iris our old dog ... she feel like she is in heaven !! ..she jumps and run verry hard through the snow she likes it........happy

  3. Dear Katy Noelle,

    Your winter garden looks magical! The structures, the colours.....we couldn't have made it more beautiful ourselves. How pretty nature is! That last mosaic is my favourite. The photo's look perfect together.

    After having mild temperatures for months we finally have snow and temperatures up to -23 degrees. Winter has started in Holland at last. I hope my garden will survive :-)! My daughters are already fetching their skates from the loft. We will definitely see some ice tomorrow :-)

    Happy weekend!

    Veel lieve groetjes van Madelief x

  4. Yes, Julie, even, here, I'm missing winter - a bit. I should NOT complain, though! There will be other years. It seems like spring may be early but, one year, we had eleven feet of snow in March. We couldn't see out our windows. I don't know whether to start planning early or to just stay wisely hunkered down.

    Oh, Ria (wonderful joy that you are=]) our chickens have ventured out of the hen house which usually doesn't happen till spring. When there's snow on the ground, the line up down the gang plank but won't jump off! They must be so glad to not literally be 'cooped' up anymore. The dogs, of course, love any kind of weather!!! =D

    Oh, Madelief! It sounds beautiful! and, how fun to skate and celebrate winter with such a fresh excitement - magic! You've said it perfectly, 'the structures, the colors.... we couldn't have made it more beautiful ourselves. My poor pictures are absolutely nothing - didn't catch it at all. I can't wait till next year to try again. I've ordered a rain jacket for my camera and bought a pair of alpaca wool, fingerless gloves, lined with felt so that I can focus properly, the next time! =]

  5. Well, you beautiful photography makes winter look quite inviting, romantic, beautiful. But we know better don't we?

  6. Your photos are fantastic Katy! Frost does make for beautiful images if not for nippy toes and nose. ;)
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
    xo Catherine

  7. Hi, my Dear-

    wonderful impressions. You are such a great photo-artist!!!
    Thank you for your lovely comment- yes- you are right- creating something- if photos ore paintings ore wonderful table decorations- it´s a great feeling...

    Thank you for showing your beautiful iced world in your garden...

    In the moment it´s really frosty here. So it´s better, to stay in the house...

    A big hug- Ines♥

  8. Gosh your photographs are breathtaking . . . . . .Thank you for sharing them,
    Love Helen xx

  9. Hello Katy:
    What icy magic you weave here with these most delicious of images. It is amazing how every snowflake looks different, such an intricate structure that is mesmerising to look at.

    Although Budapest has had many inches of snow and all around us here in Brighton there is chaos with snow and ice, here in Brighton itself, there is absolutely nothing! So very different from last year when there were battalions of snowmen all in a line along the beach.

    Hoping that signs of spring are now coming your way and that the 'Indian Winter' will be fleeting!!