Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Glass Beads (SWF)



Like a strand of glass beads, broken,
and bouncing loosely onto the roof in a million tiny pieces, the first sounds of this morning woke me with an abrupt reminder of the day’s promise—ice.
The gentle tapping at the window last evening, the fine mist I’d left falling softly in the darkness before bed, almost forgotten.
And what, in the dimness of dawn, seemed a delicate satiny glaze, with the daylight showed, in fact, a much chunkier covering. Which, with each slight sway of the tall, broad trees, repeated its shattering, as sections of the glassy layer fractured and fell in silver showers all around.


By mid-day, the freezing rain had become large flakes pouring wildly from a thick, swirling sky—
until there was no more to fall from it.
And then, in the stillness it remained,
soft and white above the night’s icing.


And I, without the demands on it of every other,
could let this day be just that.
Soft and white and still.

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Glass Beads
Ice on Ironweed



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41 comments:

Kristin said...

Everywhere I went today arounnd our farm I was amazed at the transformation. It was magical, though seemingly very bad for the fauna. The weight of the ice on the trees must be immense, but the delicate coverings on the smaller vegetation was like looking at ice sculpture done by a magnificent artist.

hitch writer said...

Tender pictures and Tender Words !!

fudgelady said...

Oh, how wonderful! The pix are all lovely -- the last one especially so. I rushed out today to capture some of those moments, but didn't have the success you did. But, despite the rain and my so-so shots, I heard a great chorus of birdsong overhead, so the try was worth it!

jozien said...

Incredible!

Beth said...

Those are beautiful pictures, Nina. I'm glad you got out and took them--the beautiful side of an ice storm. The network news forgot to cover that part :)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Gorgeous photos Nina. It is interesting to see those little capsules of ice.

Mary said...

Nina! Your photos are striking but this time, your words knock me over. Oh, how I'd love to say it so beautifully - post after post after wonderful post.

Wanda said...

Beautiful! I will forever think of "a broken strand of glass beads", when I hear ice falling gently at the window. Thank you for your comment also!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Spectacular pictures.I would echo what others have said,that too often the media focuses on only the negative side of nature.
Unfortunately I sometimes get caught up in this as well,shame on me.Thanks for showing us the beauty in nature,even in the stuff that is inconvenient.
Blessings,Ruth

Lynn said...

I am hooked on your writting,I check each day to see what you have written. You make my day!!!

Kelly said...

...soft, beautiful words. It's always such a pleasure to read your descriptions.

Diane C. said...

I think it's great that people like me, living in warmer climates, can enjoy snow and ice through your beautiful pictures and words.

bobbie said...

Ice can be so beautiful - and sometimes so deadly.

NCmountainwoman said...

Soft and still and white. Lovely post.

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Great photos and writing. As always. A real pleasure.

The ice missed us here along the river, not all than many miles north from you. We had some sleet before midnight, but it was snow after that. I love the way ice transforms even the smallest twig or weed stem. Your photos capture this new beauty.

Dave Coulter said...

You caught the silver lining of the storm!

Cheryl said...

Magical photographs....surely nature provides the best artwork........

Deborah Godin said...

Pure magic! I would wear a necklace of those beads outside...

imac said...

Great frosty shots

Walker said...

Beautiful picture, thanks for posting it.

bowledover said...

As Ice enhances nature, so your words enhance what we are viewing. Simply wonderful.
You bowed plant enlarged, was it a bower, a bridge or a crown.
Leaving the mind space to enjoy something so simply seen.
Thank you for sharing.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

:::sigh::: Beautiful, beautiful!

Guy D said...

Beautiful pics Nina, your photography is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

Photo Cache said...

Okay, I get your point, it's cold where you are :). Lovely post as usual.

KGMom said...

Nina--the last several photos are just stunning. Your eye never fails you.
There is a wondrous beauty in the ice.
I must confess--every time I see SWF--I think single white female. Then I tell myself--no no skywatch Friday. Mind, I have no idea why the first association comes to mind, as I have never placed nor answered a personal ad in my life.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hi Nina
These are all beatiful.. like diamonds and jewels.. a treasure trove of pictures for Sky Watch.. :O)

Tom
My Sky Watch Pictures

Tranquility said...

Wow - ice is amazingly beautiful. Such pretty photos!

Ida said...

WONDERFUL series.
Great shots.
LOVE IT! :)))

Rune said...

Truly beautiful photos! Happy weekend and SkyWatch :o)

vincibene said...

Gorgeous! Wonderful ice-collection!

dAwN said...

Love er lee

Kathiesbirds said...

So cold, so pretty. I really love that last shot. The ice covered iron weed truly looks like glass beads! Can you make me some earrings from it? How about some buttons for Frosty the Snowman? I bet he's hanging around there somewhere.

Patricia said...

I will remember your words all the day today: "And I, without the demands on it of every other,
could let this day be just that.
Soft and white and still." so nice words and so beautiful photos!!
Happy weekend!
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Naturegirl said...

Nina your images are pure magic and your words like poetry! Great SWF entry!

lunaticg said...

Hi!
Great picture you have in here. What kind of camera do you used?
See you around.

Anne-Berit said...

What a wonderful serie of beautiful photos.Great Sky Watch-post.

esnorway said...

Good pics have nice SWF weekend

Beverly said...

Your eye (what you see) is only surpassed by what you write. Your work is stunning. Like so many others I like to visit regularly; in many ways it must be like the ritual of picking up a prayer-book. You are inspirational.

(I wonder if I spelled that right?) LOL

Sparverius said...

Very pretty ice beads.

Barbara said...

Love all these shots. Very beautiful. The last one look like the ice is magnifying the plant in is covering.
Smiles B

"Ice Pony Girl" said...

Ah....beautiful!