Monday, December 2, 2013

Invisible!

Nature is avariciously frugal; in matter,
it allows no atom to elude its grasp; in mind,
no thought or feeling to perish.
It gathers up the fragments that nothing be lost.
                                       David Thomas


 As I drive the tractor down the lane to feed those cows that need me I can see the common thistle those invisible barbs pierced my skin making me uncomfortable for days now covered up and invisible, morphed from something ordinary to something amazingly beautiful. I can see the prickly ash bush whose thorns ripped at my coveralls leaving a gaping hole that made me upset at the thought of how I was going to fix it now invisible and forgotten under pure white beauty. Oh it is so beautiful out here my mind cannot think of anything.


I take my time driving down the lane to feed those cows that always need me they are not invisible they stand under the snow covered trees and run to welcome me when I show up with breakfast. They kick up their hind legs knowing it is going to be a wonderful day full of all things new. They gather round the bales of hay and munch in the middle of a sea of possibilities. I jump down from the tractor do the walk about conversing as I go, on making sure all is well I bid goodbye, they smile and nod their heads, knowing where I am heading. I climb back in the tractor and drive as far down the lane as those heavily laden snow covered trees will allow, I park under those branches of pine and cedar now bent down trying to touch that ground that has always eluded them.


I reach behind the seat grab those snowshoes and turn the tractor off; I am as giddy as a school girl who skips in the school yard surrounded by all her friends everyone laughing and knowing life is wonderful. I climb down and slip on those gifts that have never disappointed me and have always taken me to a place where I needed to be and what I needed to see and feel. I head through the gate to this place where anything is possible. I pass those prickly ash bushes and those common thistle plants that shoot high trying to reach the sky where the sun does not shine today. They are covered but not invisible, remaining exactly what they have always been just under a fluffy mask of white.

Two sets of turkey tracks cross in front of me; I wonder where all my other Taunting Turkeys have gone, the other seven that now remain invisible from this farm girl who sits in her kitchen window watching for them every day, patiently waiting for their return. I stare at the huge lone coyote or possibly wolf track just ahead and wonder if this could be that reason.


The deer have been out long before me this early morning pawing the ground trying to find those shoots of grass now invisible to the eye, still knowing that it is there, lying in wait for them, covered up but they always know that with a little digging they have no worries, it will always be there. Their tracks head up to the ridge, I round the bend to the right in search of the peace and calm that has remained invisible to me lately always believing it is there too, waiting below the surface, always there just waiting. I am now invisible and hiding from the world completely surrounded by those beautiful trees that are my constant now covered in a snowy white new beginning.


Standing under a huge grove of pine trees and watching as the east wind picks up and the tops of those snow covered trees bend and sway, something behind me thumps and my heart stops, could that be that wolf or coyote? I can feel a painful fear hidden below the surface, I turn quickly but there is nothing there. I look up to the tree tops again. A beautiful heavy, cold and wet blanket of snow descends down from those lovely tree tops and completely covers me, I burst out laughing knowing I am just like those giddy school girls in the play-ground surrounded by my friends and knowing life is indeed wonderful.


It is so beautiful back here; this is truly where all my peace lies, possibly invisible but I know it is always back here waiting.


Later.

50 comments:

  1. It's beautiful, Buttons! The snow covers up the nasty stuff, and makes it all invisible for a while...and we can imagine it actually goes away, can't we?! Hope you're having a great day up there!

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  2. Buttons, this was so well done that I re-read several sentences!!! I am anxious for our blessing too!...:)JP

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  3. You seem so calm in the snow. I ADORE that picture of the cow in the snow! Fabulous!

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  4. It is a beautiful winter wonderland...the stuff that dreams are made of :)

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  5. Country is so peaceful . Even the animals are loving it really.

    Nice photos. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I am so glad you are happy again. You just need snow! I just need sunshine!

    Oh my gosh! My heart stopped too!!! Did you ever find out what was behind you...

    Cindy Bee

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  7. I'm so glad the cows have those beautiful trees for shelter. A perfect property for you and them.

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  8. You are the only person I know (grown up person that is) who takes such delight in snow. Personally, I am happy that we don't have any yet!

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  9. Completely, utterly gorgeous~

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  10. Nice to hear your 'happy' voice again girl....beautiful snow shots. We don't have much of anything over here.

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  11. Beautiful photos Buttons and very moving words.

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  12. oh, these photos were just gorgeous! LOVE the cow one!

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  13. Beautiful peaceful surroundings. What a lovely post.

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  14. These photos are beautiful! I love the one with the cow, and the peaceful look of the snowy woods. I love the peace and quiet that surrounds me when I'm in the middle of a snow-covered field or woods. I'm glad you find peace out there. Like the grass for the deer, it's there, even if invisible.

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  15. I LOVE knowing that you and I share a love for snow! It's so beautiful!

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  16. The cow standing in all that snow is awesome! Everything around you is covered in pure white. How beautiful, B! You are one lucky gal. :)

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  17. magic right almost at your doorstep , you too are another lucky Winter Wonderland girl. Your photos are stunning.

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  18. I keep meaning to ask you, you had a faithful follower, Clint who doesn't comment any more nor blog-has he mentioned anything to you?

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  19. I can't believe how much snow you have!!
    Looks cold! But cold or not, snow always looks so pretty!

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  20. Oh your writing and photos just make me giddy!!

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  21. All the girls are happy, especially you.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  22. Wonderful post and photos ! Glad you got your get up and go back again ! Thanks for sharing ! Have a good week !

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  23. Wow....what a wonderful post and awesome, AWESOME, shots!
    I'm going to read it again!!!

    diane @ aug's blog

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  24. How lovely, Buttons. And I love the idea of the cows waiting for you, knowing what a good day they were going to have once you arrived...

    Pearl

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  25. I like your very descriptive account of your peaceful walk in the woods. Your walk is a very spiritual journey to find peace.

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  26. Its always so very peaceful in the woods, one of my favorite places.

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  27. Looks so peaceful and quiet.

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  28. What a beautiful "winter wonderland!" One has no doubt that you enjoy it, especially after reading this exceptionally-written account! xo Nellie

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  29. I just love the snow...I know I might complain about the cold, but its so beautiful when everything is white and sparkly... so pretty.. And the Hereford, cant go wrong there. :)

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  30. The beautiful cow, in the fresh white snow....GORGEOUS!!

    Your second home buttons, in the woods, in the snow!!

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  31. LOVED this post. I find that kind of joy in every big snow.

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  32. That first shot is a fine portrait. I hope it ends up in a frame.

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  33. Your words are as beautiful as your photographs.

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  34. Lovely post, very uplifting. You seem to like snow and its beauty. The cow shot is precious and those trees covered in snow are gorgeous.

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  35. There is such beauty in gentle snow...the first few are welcome. Fresh and inviting.

    It's the late ones that overstay their welcome.

    Jen

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  36. I really enjoyed the stroll with you. Thanks for taking me (virtually) along.

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  37. Oh all that snow - here I go again :)
    Lovely....hugs M xox

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  38. Peaceful beauty I'd say. We're hoping for more snow this year as last year was a bust.

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  39. Beautiful! Here today it is raining. :-P I'm waiting though because it will come eventually and make our world beautiful too.

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  40. I love your writing, you are documenting your life in such a beautiful and touching way. I hope this will be a books someday. And I too love to see tracks in the snow.

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  41. The face of that cow is great!!!! The the peace in the woods too Buttons---and you leave the wind behind also!!
    Peaceful thoughts to you my friend!!
    Rain :)

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  42. Oh, so beautiful! Thanks for taking us along :-).

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  43. The snow is so beautiful! I love the first shot with the cute cow. I know how much you love the snow so I can only imagine how giddy this made you feel :) And you sound like me with tearing up your coveralls - I'm always getting holes in my clothes!

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  44. What a beautiful, beautiful place. I love the snow for many reasons - the main one being that it uncovers the secret night life. I love to follow the tracks and put together the story. Thank you for such a lovely post.

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  45. it seems like just yesterday when you were tromping around in the snow...a whole year is flown by!! beautiful post miss buttons!! hugs!!

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  46. Awe, what beautiful snow photos. I'm looking forward to some snow here, we've had a dusting here and there.

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  47. Buttons, you sure have some beautiful scenery!!! My favourite image today is the first one - that cow standing under the tree!

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  48. I so wish you were with me today...

    :)

    because these photos of yours are fantastic!!

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  49. just gorgeous, buttons! the cow shot is amazing! "do you want me to stand here? under this tree? how's this...?" lol

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