Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Change of Beauty!

The need for beauty is as positive a natural impulsion
as the need for food.
          Luther Burke


I am pretty sure I found my lost hour while sitting at the kitchen table at two in the morning and listening to the sound of my beautiful snowy world disappearing last night. The pounding rain bounces off the window, a sound so loud I cannot hear the usually loud ticking of that clock behind.

 My mind wanders to just one day ago hiking in the bush with those Pink Cadillac Boots making a slushy trail over the ridge and down to the valley below. I loved playing in this slushy mess while hopping, skipping and splashing like a child. I hope I never lose that ability to never feel my age I know my Mom never did and I  am happy about that. I cannot believe I will turn sixty in just two weeks, I feel like a ten year old on days like this.


The wind is bending and swaying those tall Pines and I listen to the snapping always conscious of looking up to watch for falling branches. I could see where my snowshoe tracks are melted into perfectly formed prints of ice, I walked around them as not to slip and fall. I made my way to the pond and the leaning tree that the Woodpeckers have obliterated it is leaning so much now I am sure this will be the year we will have to cut it down for safety. The creatures of the forest floor will enjoy hiding in that hollow log. I could see the water surrounded by ice on the pond, I knew enough not to try to step anywhere near that beauty as it was very deep and since I am alone that would not be a good situation to place myself.


The Cadillac Boots are warm and with the great traction I am confident, I slide over the ice and slop through the slush, being aware of my surroundings and any impending danger. I was distracted by some Canada Geese flying over my head as I made myself across a snowy patch and while looking up I felt one foot break through and just as fast the other one fell through the snow to the racing water hidden below. I stood there to get my footing hoping that this was the bottom as I stood almost knee deep in cold water. I must tell you those Pink Cadillac Boots (Muck Boots) made with the diving suit material are not only pretty they are incredible. I stood in that water which was swirling under the slush and around my legs well protected by this lovely pinkness and realized I felt neither cold nor wet. The bottom of those Stylin’ Coveralls were not so lucky, the boots had passed the” Buttons test”.

I did have Leo around my neck and my first thought when I broke through was for its safety. I remember telling someone I would rather break an arm then break Leo, on one of these crazy adventures I seem to find myself in. I know those of you who read this blog regularly know what this camera means to me. We were both safe standing in this racing river of melted ice and snow where no river had flowed yesterday, so I decided I needed to take advantage of the shot.


I hiked with the dripping wet Stylin’ Coveralls now clinging to the boots and passed where a couple of Deer had been sleeping. I was puzzled why they were sleeping out in the open rather than under a tree. I know there has been a lot of Coyote activity because I am seeing many more tracks and wonder if that is the reason. I realized that soon the snow would be gone and I would not be able to see the tracks and those telltale signs of the creatures that share this bush with me. I was a little sad as I made my way to the house, but I took the beauty all in. I stopped to take just one more photo of the pump house and that beautiful snow knowing it will be changing very soon.


 Sitting here in the middle of this night listening to the pounding rain I head back to bed and wonder what change in my beautiful world the morning will bring. I cannot wait.

Later

35 comments:

  1. Yay for those Cadillac boots, and glad Leo is safe!! Wish I lived closer...I'd plan a trip in two weeks to have lunch and get a tour of the bush on your birthday!!

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  2. I'm so glad you (and Leo) made it through your adventure none the worse for wear!
    Never, ever lose that childlike enthusiasm, wonder, and joy Buttons.

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  3. I'm going have to get some of those boots! I'm still using mine with holes but the snow is gone so I'm good.

    I admire how you enjoy life and the world around you.

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  4. We had rain the day before, but now covered with snow with it still coming down.

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  5. Your posts, Buttons, make me remember wandering through the woods back home as a child, when the snows were thick on the ground, and all was quiet and still...

    I don't get much snow here in TX. What does arrive, usually is gone in 24hrs anyway.

    Thank you for sharing your winter!
    Vic303

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  6. Thank you for beginning my day with beauty.

    I feel a need for pink cadillac boots - although, I'm off to catch a bus - with cookies & a book for story time and rather doubt I'll see anything like your lovely snow adventures -

    I'll be a lady of adventure - in eyes of children & guardians - my inner fire stoked by your Joy Filled Sharing.

    Happy Day to You,
    love & love,
    -g-

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  7. Take care out there. Don't let your love of adventure take you into deep water.

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  8. So glad you and the boots had a good adventure together and that most of all, you are, once again safe. Keep that child inside you alive, always!

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  9. Oh, my! I think I need to get a pair of boots like that for the swamp. I know what you mean about how you'd rather break an arm rather than the camera. I'm always telling hubby when we're hiking, if I should fall, try to save the camera first! I'm ALWAYS more worried about Bertha than my own self. :)

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  10. Interesting reading of your memory of the day before whilst you could not sleep...hugs M xox

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  11. Wow, such a wonderful pictures.. and I can't wait to see how does the spring look like there!

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  12. Have you ever thought about putting all these lovely posts together in a book? I would certainly buy it~

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  13. Another great post Buttons. Love those boots!

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  14. Did you get your replacement boots yet?
    Spring is always so full of hope, and anticipation, I eagerly await the new shoots of future flowers and buds that turn the trees into a canopy for shade. I love spring (well- except for the mud!)

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  15. Buttons, I enjoy your posts so much. I feel like I'm wandering in the bush with you, seeing the beauty around you. And I admire your sense of wonder and adventure. I'm glad you and Leo made it through the water adventure OK. Love the river photo!

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  16. The river is beautiful!

    I'm glad your cadillac boots keep your feet dry on your adventure!

    Glad you are ok and only went knee deep in the water - how scary!

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  17. well, the rain should wipe out a lot of snow. be careful out there!

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  18. Most of our snow turned to slush the past two days, but it snowed overnight! I am like a child when it comes to snow, I love it!

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  19. I completely understand the love of your camera....mine is treated like a baby.

    Glad to hear that your boots are waterproof, that would be a soggy walk back.

    Jen

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  20. Ah Buttons ...love going for those quiet walks with you to see all that beauty and listen intently to your thoughts. You are Leo the "more than just a mere cameras"s guardian angel ...and Leo the angel is yours ~

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  21. This made me remember Sweden and the coming of spring, melting snow, slush, the sound of running streams once again. And that special smell. Thank you so much for this dear Buttons. And I still feel like a kid in the snow at age 72.

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  22. Nature has this uncanny ability to bring out the child in all of us! I am constantly amazed and in awe when I explore the world around me.

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  23. B-I thought of you yesterday! I looked across the street and saw dozens and dozens of crows! I think they've picked a new meeting place this year, so maybe we'll have peace and quiet-and maybe, if it can't be snowy where you and I live then spring is welcome to come!

    I love your childlike spirit, my friend!! xx

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  24. Don't ever grow up Buttons! :)
    I hope things aren't too much of a muddy mess after all that rain.

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  25. I've never really grown too old to muck around in puddles of melting snow in my rubber boots. May the day never dawn

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  26. You have a wonderful appreciation for nature.

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  27. I have truly and surely enjoyed reading your blog tonight, such wonderful images,

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  28. another great entry b, i am sure i know what leo means to you :)))

    gorgeous reflection, in your new found river!!

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  29. I do love the sound of a nice rain fall outside, even though the quiet of the snow just can't be matched! Nature gives us so many gifts.

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  30. It looks like Spring is slowly making it's way into the bush and the frozen world is melting away. Lovely thoughts as you share nature's changes. xoxo

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  31. Those boots are tough! You have been through a lot with them this winter!

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  32. Wow, what a blessing with that gorgeous scenery around you. I love your child-like heart, I too hope I never lose that.

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  33. dang when I read your posts backwards (about a weeks worth!) to catch up I can almost here the horror music playing in the background, gaining momentum as I read and look at your photos on this post that led up to March 15ths post...and then the be careful comments... YIKES!!

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