Thursday, January 15, 2009

From my Window, White (SWF)

The Woods Beyond my Window

From my window, I look out over the yard, through the Hawthorn just feet beyond the house, and into the woods sloping gently down to a small creek. Watching, from over the screen of my laptop, and behind glass, the lives drawn to this edge each morning.

Often, they flow past unnoticed.
Into the rusty browns of the fallen oak hickory woods and slender gray stems of the graceful young trees filling the understory, they step into invisibility. Without movement, added to this tapestry—
in the softened tones and textures of a woven winter wood.





Until I wake on a snowy morning like this,
and find the darkness brighter.
The Hawthorn filled with forms,
plumped and fluffed against a white cold.

American Golfinch, Carduelis tristis








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32 comments:

Angie said...

You have the most lovely way with words, Nina!! I just fall into them and want to stay wrapped up in them. Envy---green with envy---my Mom always told me to never envy another person---but oh my, I would give anything to be able to express myself as you do! I thoroughly enjoy your blog (that statement truly does not express the sheer joy and delight that I find here with you.)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

It is such a cold day Nina. The poor birds aren't even exposing their legs any more than they have to. I hope this horrid arctic air passes through quickly. I feel so sorry for the wildlife out in it.

bobbie said...

First - I love your snowflake suncatcher.

These are wonderful photos - as yours always are. and, as Angie said, you have a lovely way with words. Beautiful post.

scienceguy288 said...

The birds never seem to mind the cold. They find joy all the time. Perhaps that is why I especially love chickadees.

KGMom said...

Plumped--perfect word.
Yes they do--plump up and look snuggly even if they aren't.
Keep feeding them so they have fuel to ward off the cold.

Deborah Godin said...

I always look forward to your posts - this was very appealing with the observation of the cold weather comings and goings. I am also fond of the word "understory."
It's one that's not used often, but it's so evocative, to me at least. And I very much enjoyed the link to the archived post about the deer. That was before I had discovered your blog, so hadn't read it before. Wonderful wonderful!

Cheryl said...

I love your words.......the goldfinch are beautiful...in the UK ours have a red face.......

Photo Cache said...

I love how you write, how you tell a story.

Steffi said...

Really nice SWF photos and a sweet post!cute pictures of Birdies!
Have a nice weekend!

Naturegirl said...

Nina Your words aways poetic and I love the photos of the puffed up bird friends. I am amazed how they survive in this cold here at my space..
((((( -22C..freezing!!)))))
Happy SWF

imac said...

Love that 1st shot, great idea, great post.

Petunia said...

WoW! Love these shots:)

Ida said...

Great shots of the birds. :)
The "snow crystal" in your window is beautiful. :)

Quiet Paths said...

Our finches are brightening up as well. Great birding shots but I truly like the art hanging in your window.

Wren said...

Goldfinches look much more like their European cousins in winter plumage. I don't think I've seen that large a flock around here.

Darla said...

What a view you have!

Gail said...

Nina,

Really lovely...I felt wonderfully relaxed after reading your post..thank you. Isn't the last photo of the gold finch hanging on the branch wonderful! gail

Appalachian Lady said...

The photos are great and nicely arranged with the prose. Great job!

Arija said...

How wonderful, I love your snowflake and all your little visitors.

Babooshka said...

The last shot is like my garden. About 30 at a time. So cute. Gorgeous snowfake.

hitch writer said...

Beautiful captures... lovely sight !!

Pam said...

What a wonderful post!

floreta said...

these pictures are really cute. especially like the first bird picture.

Bird said...

Beautiful words. And lovely first image. And I'm enjoying the American goldfinches - make me think of a cross between our (European) goldfinch and (European) greenfinches. They're all pretty close to each other I guess.

People with Cameras said...

beautiful photos :)

Grammy said...

Great photos. I did not know you could buy a thermometer that reads below 0. We had the -0 too. In Missouri.

ratmammy said...

lovely photos!

Mimi said...

Very nice!

Darla said...

Yep, we are spending way too much money on bird feed here too. It was 23 this morning, my plants are not happy!

Reader Wil said...

These goldfinches are splendid and the photos are great. Thanks for sharing.

Anna said...

I love the birds. They're so cute!

Kathy said...

Oh wow, I don't think I have even seen one much less that many. What a great shot.