Thursday, January 15, 2015

Looking forward to getting back out there….

Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own;
and from morning to night,
as from cradle to the grave,
is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy
that we can scarcely mark their progress.
                           Charles John Huffam Dickens



It is Saturday morning and the temperature is hovering at -13 degrees Celsius and I cannot wait for the sun to come up, so that I can once again get back out there in the bush with my snowshoes on.

On Friday I had made my way back to that bush with those neglected, dusty old snowshoes that have been waiting and was certainly not disappointed.  It was just as beautiful as I had remembered from last year. Beautiful is the only word I can think of, it was so beautiful. I could compare it to a once used canvas now covered with a base coat of white paint. Where black, grey and brown textured trees poked out from this new wet paint, standing naked and tall surrounded and now painted with a wispy whiteness also dripping from its own branches.


I wished I could take out a pallet of paint to try to capture and show you this beauty with my own paint brush. I cannot even come close to describing this kind of beauty with mere words. I am not a painter so I tried to capture the beauty with my camera, trying anything that could freeze that moment in time.

There were deep tracks from a meandering deer cutting through the snow, slipping between those dark naked trees. The tracks headed down the hill and to the edge of the frozen pond. I could see where the lone deer had walked out onto that frozen pond and had found the small opening where the cold water bubbles from a never disappointing spring. The deer had found what it needed and then headed off to look amongst the trees for anything resembling green.


There is nowhere I would rather be. Those cool damp days of spring where new sprouts of green cover the ground and the trees spring forth with life. Those hot sweltering drought driven summer days where those greens shrivel, turn to brown and crunch under my feet. Those beautiful fall days full of an incredibly bright mix of colours, a beauty beyond any imagination, to then fall to the ground like a lush carpet of many colours.


I have always found beauty and peace back here.


The winters, I have to say are my favourite, its beauty is incomparable to the other seasons. It has always looked and felt like something brand new waiting for me to make it anything I wanted. Mother Nature has pretty much made those other three seasons her own canvas but I can make this wintery blank canvas my very own. Make it my own piece of art just by snowshoeing through that white paint and creating a pattern of tracks alongside those other animals that wanted to not miss the beauty and take the opportunity to create their own painting too.


Oh I cannot wait to get out there again this morning. Here comes the sun, I have to hurry, my canvas waits for no one.

 Later


46 comments:

  1. I just found a "new to me" pair of cross country ski boots - I've been looking - the ones I had cracked - now, Saturday here in Ringle, WI looks great to do both - snowshoe or ski.

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  2. It looks so beautiful. We haven't had more than a dusting of snow so far this year....I also, cannot wait to get out in it with snow shoes.

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  3. It sure looks serene out there in your woods. Enjoy your daily adventures out there.

    Hugs,
    JB

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  4. Your images do show the beauty through your lens, Buttons. I do love freshly fallen snow untouched. Enjoy the beauty of it. Love your images!

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  5. My favorite part of a deep snow is the absolute quiet that makes you feel like you have cotton stuffed in your ears, but if you sit quietly for a few minutes, then you start to hear the birds and all the unseen critters moving about. Snow or no, I love walks in the woods. Enjoy your day!

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  6. Great post! So wonderful when we stop and appreciate God's beauty all around us, even in the cold winter. Maybe especially in the cold winter. I wonder if showshoes would be the thing for me. Sounds wonderful!

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  7. The days are getting noticeably longer, beckoning us to get outdoors and enjoy nature's beauty. Bonus: the sun is shining. ;)

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  8. Beautiful words and photos. We have not had any measurable snow this year, but I am not disappointed as would have been in the past. I just enjoy each day for what it is and enjoy the photos of others. xo Laura

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  9. hooray for you and your snowshoes!

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  10. yippee for snow!!!! I just love it!!!!

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  11. What a beautiful post. I too love the monochromatic elegance of winter - and would LOVE to see one of yours. Thank you.

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  12. Lovely to see in our summer. Can't imagine what it's like in reality. I've always said that. Hugs xxoox

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  13. Yesterday i was in a sports shop - the smell of wax was such a trigger for my x country skiing days !

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  14. Thanks for the comment over on my blog! Nice to meet you, I see you appreciate snow much more than I do:)

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  15. You most certainly capture the incredible beauty of your surroundings dear B... not only with your camera, but your words. A double treat for us :D)

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  16. You may not be able to paint the beauty on canvas but you sure do with your photos and your writing! I wish everyone could see the beauty in nature that you do.

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  17. Buttons, these photos are so beautiful, as are your descriptive words. As you know, it is extra special for me to see these photos as I often miss "real" winter and those lovely snowy landscapes.

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  18. Doing some snowshoeing sounds like a lot of fun to me!

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  19. Buttons, You have described it flawlessly. I also love the white of winter and the brand-newness after a snowfall. Thank you for taking me along.

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  20. I feel like this about all the seasons here in our valley and I love being out in it amongst nature watching , listening and loving every second of it all ! You captured it beautifully as did write beautifully about it ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

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  21. Beautiful scenery! I would have to shop for warmer clothing to be able to enjoy it, though. xo Nellie

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  22. You caught some great photos of long winter shadows. I'll bet you wish more people would get out in the bush and we'd have more happy people.

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  23. Looking at all that snow makes me feel cold. Thank goodness I have a nice little heater next to the computer that keeps me snug and warm.
    You are brave to be out and about in it.

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  24. Fabulous post. I must admit as much as I hate the cold, the snow is very pretty. Your photos are great send more of your snow art.

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  25. beautiful indeed, even though I get cold just looking at it xo

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  26. Enjoy!
    We are expecting a warm up this weekend. I know my husband is itching to get out in the woods!
    Beautiful, Peaceful Place!

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  27. Oh, Buttons! I don't get over here as often as I'd like, but when I do I am never disappointed. I think your canvas isn't where you think it is...your brush is your pen, your paint; adjectives and pronouns, your canvas is that ever intimidating blank page, your beautiful spirit, thoughts and feelings are all the colours that you mix with expertise on your palette. xo

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  28. I knew I liked you . . .
    A Winter Person . . .

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  29. There is beauty in every season. Some look, but don't see. God has given you a gift to see through His eyes. What a blessing. Thank you for sharing this with me. Most people rush through winter, waiting impatiently for warmer days. You SAVOR winter. What a joy! Blessings from Missouri!!!

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  30. Beautiful indeed, painted by the Master's Hand.

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  31. I love your positivity. Pretty pics. I can definitely say winter is not my favorite ;-)

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  32. So much snow, that looks beautiful!
    Lynne x

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  33. We don't have enough snow to do the snowshoes - yet. We have company coming from the city for next weekend so it sure would be nice to get some.

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  34. Good thing you love the snow considering where you live! Enjoy your walk!

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  35. Wow! That is beautiful and serene. Quiet of mind in a place of grandeur, awesome.

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  36. Oh wow, all these pictures are sooooooooo beautiful! I love snow, too and I wish I could go for a walk with you there. I'd love that so much.

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  37. You do make winter seem more tolerable. Enjoy your journeys.

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  38. I agree that winter is an incredibly beautiful season, Buttons. How sad so many people let the idea of COLD get in their way of seeing its beauty. You are smart o bundle up and get out there to enjoy it...especially on sunny days.

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  39. Beautiful images, and such evocative writing!!!

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  40. Buttons, I know winter is your favorite, as it is mine too. No winter here though, except for cold mornings. The welcome sign for our town reads: Land of four seasons. It hink they may change it to three soon.

    I am so glad you checked out Jill's post. Isn't she and her Samoyed just gorgeour I hope Feral went there too, because that's so gorgeous. I also wanted you to know that I referred Julia of Of Petals and Wood to your blog because her feet were frozen as she attended her cows. I told her about your Cadillac boots. As it turns out she is already a follower here. Poor thing had to put her foot in a hot water bucket. Have a lovely week, my friend.

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  41. beautiful, is the perfect word.

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  42. What beautiful scenes...... Just makes you want to be there.
    Blessings, Maureen

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