Archive for February, 2010

Don’t miss tonight’s Snow Moon — the full moon of deep winter.  If last night’s preview (above) was any indication, tonight’s display should be spectacular!

“Meditate.  Live purely.  Be quiet.  Do your work with mastery.  Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds.”
– Buddha

As I stepped outside immediately following our latest winter storm, I could hear Judy Collins singing Winter Sky.  There is a certain poignant, muted beauty on a winter afternoon that we don’t see at any other time of year.

Not treetops against a clear sky, but a blueberry bush backed by snow that reflects the clouds and sky above.

You never know who you might meet on a walk in the woods!  A rustle in the fall leaves caught my attention, and I was surprised to meet Mr. Toad!  In his attempt to be still and blend in, he did a marvelous job of posing for a picture.  Do you think he’s smiling?

With more snow coming before the old white stuff has melted, let’s enjoy a November sunrise that silhouettes one of my favorite trees.

Islamorada

This beautiful shot of the water and sky was taken by my son, Max, on a visit to the Florida Keys.  Thank you, Max!

Sunrise - February 22, 2010

“There are no ordinary moments.”  – Dan Millman

Let’s take a break today from winter and travel to an early Fall day and a walk by a stream, where the yellow leaves color both water and sky.  Can you hear the rippling water and the rustling leaves?

One of the best things about winter is the way that the background of snow and bare branches make any bit of color just pop out of the landscape.  On a recent February day, I was struck by all the shades of blue in a sky that never had seemed more fresh and clear.

A young oak tree couldn’t quite relinquish all of its leaves last Fall; and now, as the winter days grow longer, it captures the rays of the setting sun and lights up with the promise of warmer days to come.