Thursday, January 29, 2015

I think, I can see spring…..

Stern winter loves a dirge-like sound.
                                                     William Wordsworth



Oh yes I do...
 and you will not convince me otherwise. It is 6:15 in the morning and I can see the outline of the bush off in the distance from my kitchen window. Those days of pitch dark mornings are fading. Light (spring) is creeping in, one second at a time.

Winter has always been very important to me, but this winter I have to say “Not a fan”. Those miserable, minus double digit cold, windy, with no snow, no sun days, have me wondering about that so called "favourite" thing. Does that sound like any fun to you?


I did venture out to that bush one warm day the first of this week, -23 degrees Celsius not including that biting wind chill, making it feel like -30. I knew I needed to get back there, longing to feel its arms around me. The tractor will take me halfway, the halfway that is wide open and not sheltered from those cold biting winds. The trees have always sheltered me from those biting winds, once I walk into their comforting arms. Oh yes that is what I needed. I could feel the warmth of its love, even with that brutal cold settling into my bones rather quickly.

No matter, I convinced myself I would do this as uncomfortable as it may be. I picked one of the many deer tracks tracking through the leftover snow, with icy patches and followed them till I made it to my favourite big old century maple tree. The tree I have been ignoring. I climbed up onto its branch and sat.


It seemed my tree had been missing me too. We sat there snuggled in, listening to the sounds that had been lost to me while I had cowardly huddled in the house trying to avoid this winter. A pounding, off in the distance echoes through the trees coming from the east. I smiled knowing things have never changed back here. A woodpecker, the one that had left holes in the trees that I had passed was still working. I could not see him, but his presence was echoing and loudly received, waking any creature of the forest that may still be sleeping. Loving the sound I closed my eyes and leaned back on my old maple friend.

Chick-a-dee-dee-dee, that familiar sound came from above. I opened my eyes to see two black and white beauties flitting from branch to branch above my head. Welcoming me back, no doubt, I said hello and smiled. The cold was settling in, even with my being sheltered from the wind. Those layers, upon layers, the ones I had pulled on anticipating this cold were no match against this bitterness. I shifted around trying to find some warmth that may have been hidden back there.


The sun which had always shared its warmth streams through the trees, bringing no relief, keeping its warmth to itself. Toughing it out as long as I could, I relented. It was just too uncomfortable, even with the music and the silence mixing together while I sat with my friends in nature. I had to leave. Hugging my century old maple I vowed to return soon. I am obviously not strong enough, these old bones of mine, sadly are not like they used to be. Defeated, I climbed down, hiked down the ridge just in case there was something I may have missed. I picked a deer trail to follow back to the tractor, always waiting to keep me out of those biting winds.


No matter, I know spring is coming. I have seen the signs.


Later.

40 comments:

  1. Oh, I hope you are right! I am ready!!

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  2. Your love for the trees goes very deep as I would have to wait till Spring to venture out in the woods on such a cold day. I find as I age, I can't keep warm like I used to and once my bones gets cold, I can't warm up.
    Nice selfie on the branch.

    Hugs,
    JB

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  3. I'm not a fan of biting winds but I do love winter just the same. I was just thinking yesterday that I really need to get out and get some of those magical winter photos that you cannot get during the rest of the year: snow-lined tree limbs, shadows on pristine white, icicles, ice on lighthouses....that sort of thing. :)

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  4. Miss B,
    We have been taking full advantage of the nice weather we've had on the prairie. I saw 62*F on Tuesday! Yesterday afternoon it got gloomy and I see it's 24* this morn. The weatherman shows daily high tempts steadily on the decrease for the next week.

    It doesn't take long to see a few signs of spring. I had a fly in my house and saw 1-2 wasps buzzing around the outside dog dish.

    Enjoy your treks into the bush!

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  5. I see spring too. I think the birds see it as well.

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  6. The increasing daylight cheers me to no end! Love that tree trunk photo! :-)

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  7. cute shots. love the sun from the trees!

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  8. I'm not ready for Spring! It seems we just got our first staying snow this week. Although, if I had to go out in that chill like you, things may be different. :-) xo

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  9. It's the most lovely feeling when you can see signs of Spring isn't it! Over here, the days are brighter, nights are getting darker later, trees are covered in buds and the snowdrops are ready to open :)
    Lynne x

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  10. B,

    I see signs too!!!!
    I have buds on my orchid inside the house, and celery growing.
    Springs knocking at our doors :-)
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  11. Spring would be good....it's not that cold today but the dampness makes it feel colder.

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  12. Well, you must have better eyes than I do! I can't get my eyes past the -10 on my thermometer!

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  13. Sounds mighty cold. You descriptions of the sights and sounds and weather make me feel like I am right there with you. Your writing is amazing my friend.. Here in San Diego I think it always feels like spring.. LOL...

    Hugs~

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  14. Lovely post Buttons... lovely thoughts. I love our trees on the Tiny Ten too. I know just how you feel... you can call me a tree hugger!

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  15. My bedroom heater is cranked up right now. Oh I love spring!

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  16. Just beautiful. Our winters are nothing like as hard as yours, and I love them. Love the monochromatic beauty on display, and love the elegance of tree bones silhouetted against the sky. Love it, and don't spend enough time out in it. Thank you for the courage and beauty of your reminder.

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  17. At least you had a short visit ... it looks so beautiful out there, but, oh the cold must be incredible. It amazes me how you cope with it all. Going back inside your lovely warm home must be such a relief. A lovely post and beautiful words and photos, thanks B :D) xx

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  18. Each day is closer to your spring. Sounds a bit weird to me with - 20 and no snow, the days would be very bleak and miserable. Hugs M xx

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  19. I hope you're right .... not feeling Spring in the air here yet .... soon, I hope!
    diane @ thoughts & shots

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  20. I love these photos. Yes, we remarked at 6:50 this morning that it's bright out! The lengthening days is more obvious now and I'm loving it too. And when the sun is shining it's just glorious! Enjoy.

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  21. beautiful scenery! Looks like you caught that one tree by surprise from its expression. :)

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  22. You are having a winter chill and here in CO, we've been unseasonably warm. (That will change tomorrow with a new snowstorm.) I like hearing the drumming of the woodpeckers. Maybe he's announcing his availability as a mate. Keep warm!

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  23. I do that in our valley I love just getting lost in the woods watching listening to nature and you describe it just how I see it and hear it all here . yes it does get to me the cold now even being all layered up . It has been snowing here all day and still is this evening . Lovely post and photos , Thanks for sharing have a good day !

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  24. Love the expression of the tree. He looks surprised too see you on such a cold day.
    I see the signs here too. Lighter longer, a few Robyns, baby calves hitting the ground and green grass! :)
    Cheri

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  25. Spring still seems like a ways off to me, but the days are getting a bit longer. Thank goodness.

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  26. We have heard the birds singing here, and our forecast for the week-end and into next week is definitely not springlike!:-) xo Nellie

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  27. We have been having spring like weather recently with snow drops, crocuses and Forsythias cropping up everywhere. Not much snow pack in the mountains which is a concern for us. You are certainly bundled up well for the frigid temperatures.

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  28. You've seen the signs of spring and you're getting excited. Yes this winter has been bummer. I've set my ski tracks 3 times.

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  29. Spring is coming, and I think earlier this year. Still, there is the biting cold of winter and lots of mud before Spring brings her joy. Soon your maple will be budding ! Soon.

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  30. Defeated? Not likely my friend... You went out, and that is a victory in itself, and then you came back with signs of spring to share with us. Nope, most certainly not a defeat.

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  31. The third photo with the holes in the tree... made me yawn because it looks just like someone yawning! Hope it warms up for you so you can enjoy the beauty of winter.

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  32. Glad you are wearing the scarf thing! I can feel spring too...just round the corner now, I guess I am waiting for the groundhog to tell us how much longer!! It is so much lighter now and my heart does rejoice in it x

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  33. I can imagine the crunch, crunch, crunch of those faithful boots on that freezing snow, Buttons! Lovely to get out to hear the chickadees and woodpecker and hug a tree, even for a short while. So uplifting.... xo Karen

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  34. I agree...as each day passes I keep saying, "one day closer to spring." - I'm glad you made it out to visit your tree even though it was so very cold.

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  35. Not many signs here yet, I am glad someone is hopeful:)

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  36. Love your shots and you have captured my thoughts well on wishing spring would come. Love how you captured the sounds of the birds in the cold, still at work. I was out yesterday and there were lots of signs of spring around. Hoping for more soon!

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  37. Glad to see you are getting out in the sunshine!! I am struggling with everything this winter. At least the sunshine makes me feel better!
    Tomorrow is groundhog day. My Grandma used to say that if the groundhog saw his shadow, then it was only six weeks to spring. If he did not see it, that meant another month and a half of winter...

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  38. This post is as lovely as that coming sunshine, my friend~

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  39. This was a wonderful post and something I needed. It's the only way I get to experience any sort of Winter at all. Sadly, it's been toasty here..no Winter to speak of. The flowers are bloomiing out front..I'm watching the tree's for signs of new leaves..but I know it's too early. Warm or not, those tree's seem to know when Spring is REALLY here. No fooling them.. Yep..I know I'm too old and too accustomed to warmer weather to ever fair well in such cold as you know, but I can't stop the longing to once again experence the deep quiet it provides. Nothing is like it.

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