Monday, January 4, 2010

The last day of the old year


~The last day of the old year was one of those bright, cold, dazzling winter days, which bombarded us with their brilliancy, and command our admiration but never our love.~

-Lucy Maud Montgomery


Almost the last day of the old year, and brilliant winter sunshine, crisp and cold air.  

We could see our breath as we walked Crescent Park early that morning.  We had been given a gift that Christmas week, a treasured gift of unusually beautiful weather.
Hoar frost, and foggy clouds of mist emanated from the ground, as the sunlight pierced the forest floor. There was very little noise from the trees, the birds were silent, and only one squirrel dared to show itself as it darted up a tree.
The frozen drops of rain started to fall from the branches onto our heads, sparkling like a drift of glitter on a perfect Christmas card.  
And we knew that this was the parting gift of an old year.
 

33 comments:

  1. Very Beautifully written Jen! Lovely. Carol

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  2. Your photo would be a good one for the Garden Rant photo contest about the beauty of winter.

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  3. Gorgeous image. Both the visual and written form.

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  4. I am so happy you are starting this year with such magic and beauty! Kim

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  5. Jen..
    thanks for allowing me to tag along on that beautiful forest stroll..what a perfect parting gift to year end!
    beautifully written..
    warm hugs..Loui♥

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  6. Beautiful photo...beautiful prose.

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  7. How lovely, Jen. I must tell you (if I didn't already) how amazing your photos look on my new iMac ...Wow!

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  8. I wonder what this new year will bring to us.
    Patsy

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  9. Beautifully poetic - just like your luminous photo!

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  10. I was thinking just what Mother Nature commented: submit this photo to Gardening Gone Wild's Jan. photo contest. It's a winner.

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  11. NIce post, lovely thoughts & a great photo! You should submit it to Gardening Gone Wild's picture this photo contest, it's perfect for the topic this month! http://www.gardeninggonewild.com/

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  12. Once again Jen your words and photos evoke such emotions. Thank you.

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  13. MOTORHOME FOUND! Just one road from our house. Completely trashed the inside. Police say it was probably homeless people. WHY would homeless people trash a potential home? How come the police didn't drive around the neighborhood looking for it? Aren't they always patrolling? Sickening, isn't it?

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  14. Pretty photo and a great description of the day!

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  15. Lovely, Jen!! I can't help but smile :-)

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  16. Beautiful tree.a Birch? It looks like it has clung to Fall long enough! Great post Jen, I always enjoy my visit here! :)

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  17. Happy New Year Jen and may 2010 bring you only good things :)
    Thank you for all your wonderful blog posts, your kind comments over on my blog and for the inspiration you have given me to be a better photographer rather than a 'point and shoot' queen! :)

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  18. May 2010 bring you health, happiness and prosperity.
    Warm wishes for a wonderful 2010!
    Karin //

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  19. Ooooh, glowing leaves! I'm feeling warmer for it!

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  20. LOVE this photo! You should frame it.
    Brenda

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  21. A lovely shot and text to match. Good luck for the competition, Jen! Jack

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  22. Jen girl .. what a beautiful shot of the frosted leaves .. and a quote from LMM to go with it was perfect !
    I am getting fed-up with no pretty sunrises to photograph .. we have had so many dull mornings with not even a peep of sun to mark the sky .. I think I will lose my touch for those shots if I don't get one SOON !
    Your description of that morning walk was spot on .. I felt like I was there too !
    Joy : )

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  23. Jen,
    What a beautiful day, and a beautifully written post. I take great delight in your images, and there are a few I'd like to order, but I am wondering if you have an email address where I can direct a couple questions?

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  24. You just know I have to be a smarty pants and point out that IMHO, the perfect Christmas card is NOT adrift with glitter. Otherwise, this is a lovely sentiment. LOL

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  25. Jen, absolutely stunning photo! your capture of the ice crystals at the leaf's edge and the back light... so very beautiful,

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  26. Lovely and lyrical. And a great capture. The texture of the leaf, laced with frost, and filled with sunlight. Terrific.

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