Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Sun-kissed planet

The ice will be gone tomorrow.
Today’s sunshine left a kiss—a now frozen starburst within the mosaic surface of our pond.

We skated here last night, under a starry sky—gazing off to the point beyond all brightness. And savored the moments alone with our thoughts.

A speck of life in this vast darkness.

Where discussions revolve around foreign policy and health care, immigration and gun control, budget and economy.

While all that really matters—
revolves around the sun.

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mon@rch said...

Wow, such amazing shapes!

Marvin said...


Magic Cochin said...

What beautiful photos Nina!

Thank you for leaving a message on my blog. No ice and snow here - 30th Jan is my Mum's birthdays and for a long as I can remember it's been one of the coldest days of the year - a few year's ago we were snowed in and no-one could get in or out of the village! But today the sun is dazzling and it's 6C. A cold snap is forecast for the weekend - and maybe snow.


Joan said...

Nina--what great pictures and poetry! Thank you for sharing.

T.R. said...

Absolutely stunning - you have such a remarkable gift for finding art in nature. I wish our weather would afford such texture and a lot less wind.

Weeping Sore said...

Nina, the photo is lovely. It looks like a fossilized Aeinium arboreum "Swartzkopf".

There's something about being out in nature that helps us to re-align our perspectives. "All that really matters revolves around the sun" captures this realization perfectly.

Sandpiper said...

Really beautiful writing, and so true, too. I love the picture!

kate said...
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kate said...

Sorry for the above-deleted comment - something odd happened when I went to post.

You have a way with words, Nina. Your imagery of sunshine leaving a kiss and a starburst in the mosaic surface.

We often get so caught up in the details that we lose sight of what truly matters -

kate said...

Oh and I also meant to say that the flowers I used in my collage were from a Mandevilla vine. When they fell off the vines, I collected them in a basket. They are really fragile though and already two of them have been damaged.

Selma said...

This is such a magical image, like a door to a fairy castle that only appears in winter. I love it!

Diane said...

what a lovely post Nina and a great photo to boot!

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Carolyn Hietala said...

Lovely post Nina. I felt I was actually there;0)

nina said...

Monarch--cool, huh


Celia--we're forecast snow, too--stay warm

Joan--you're probably having much the same?

T.R.--yes, the wind reached to us a bit, too

Weeoing sore--it seemed so clear to me, and I felt so small and powerless to help in any way of significance--it's so frustrating at times I could scream

Sandpiper--amazing, the beauty up close, of things you'd normally walk past

Kate--The whole sun/ice connection seems so real on the pond's surface

selma--and i could see through in some places, too--it was really cool

Diane--thanks, I'm glad you're able to comment

Carolyn--isn't it fun to share images!?

DrowseyMonkey said...

wow...just beautiful, both the photo and the words.

nina said...

Drowsey monkey--thanks!