Thursday, February 9, 2012

Winter's Foliage

Those of you who follow such things will have noticed that there was no POTW post again, yesterday. That's the bad news. The good news is that I should have one for you, next week and it will probably be supersized.

For now, here are a few simple photos and quotes. I hope you enjoy them. I'll be by to visit your blogs before too much longer.


wispy seeds
"The poetry of the earth is never dead." ~ John Keats




sunlit snowy cedars
“I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets.” ~ Hamlin Garland




snowy pine
"If winter comes, can spring be far behind?" ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley




white decorative cabbage
"Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand." ~ Henry David Thoreau




still seeding
"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." ~ Lao Tzu




cedar grove morning
“The shadows now so long do grow, That brambles like tall cedars show, Molehills seem mountains, and the ant Appears a monstrous elephant.” ~ Charles Cotton




cabbage with icy center
“Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” ~ Mark Twain

59 comments:

CorvusCorax12 said...

very pretty...love the first one

SueAnn said...

Not even snowflakes escape His hand...love this and love your photos!! Beautiful
Hugs
SueAnn

Brian Miller said...

you pics are like visual poetry that is for sure....smiles....lovely H

Steve Gravano said...

Great collection of photos and quotes again. I'm in awe of the first photo. Beautiful sharpness and depth of field. And now I understand why I like cabbage more that cauliflower. ;)

Bob Bushell said...

Great photos and beautiful phases.

LadyFi said...

Such exquisite shots!

Had to laugh at your last quote.

DJan said...

Ah, lovely as usual. I love the last picture and quote, I'm still smiling. :-)

christopher said...

Wonderfully crisp winter photos.

Enjoyed the quotes as well...especially Lao Tzu.

Sandi McBride said...

the beautiful photographs along with the wisdom of the poets just made my POTW! loved this do much
Sandi

Tabor said...

Such a nice winter you are getting.

Ruby said...

very beautiful pictures! and the quotes are as lovely as the nature they portray!

Kat said...

Beautiful! I love the second pic of the woods. It looks magical. :)

Karen said...

Hilary! I have shot almost the same picture as your first one! I saw those grasses at Busch Gardens. Does that mean I'm getting better with my camera,-to shoot something you did? :P I love the fir with the snow, too. Loverrrrly!

Mental P Mama said...

Love my Mark Twain! As beautiful as ever...

TexWisGirl said...

oh, wish you'd sprinkle in a few POTW now and again just to keep the blog roll manageable! but i understand if lack of time or internet access limits... :)

Raajii said...

I love the last image :-)

Red said...

Again, amazing quotes to go along with the amazing photos!
Really like the first shot of the seed head.
A theme could be made of each quote or each photo. I'm not trying to give you more work just a hot tip!!!

Indrani said...

The focus of your shots stuns me.

Out on the prairie said...

Some real nice finds.I always like the dried plants contrasted with snow.

Stephen Hayes said...

Your beautiful pictures do more to lower my elevated blood pressure than the pills I'm currently taking. Thanks.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

All of these are so beautiful. I love those quiet winter scenes.

ellen abbott said...

beautiful as usual.

messymimi said...

Thanks for the Twain quote. These are beautiful.

Mage said...

You always make me smile. What more could I want. :)

yaya said...

Love the purple cabbage leaves and the pine with snow looks like home to me! I also love the "dead fall" trees that cross..beautiful pics as always!

JillsyGirl Studio said...

oooh...that 4th one looks like frosty coral! Very nice!

Linda said...

"If winter comes, can spring be far behind?" ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

I do believe Percy must be a "glass half full" kind of person. :)

Beautiful pictures, especially the snow on the pine bow and the purple cabbage.

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful pictures and quotes, the one about the fragrant breath of the trees really stikes a cord with me because I love the smell of the forest especially after it has rained.

Scott said...

You're getting a lot more winter than we are . . . lucky! Love that purple cabbage and the rest of them too.

roobo69 said...

Ah, that final shot. Supreme.

Dave said...

I enjoyed you 'trees in the snow' photos Hilary. and liked Mark Twains quote about the cabbage/cauliflower too - Dave

Aurora Rose said...

I have no idea what that first image is of....but I captured one like it recently - my nephew nicknamed it a "fluff bomb!"

Russell said...

Thank you for letting me take a quiet walk in your world. I enjoyed it very much.

I always like it when I can literally hear the quiet of my surroundings.

Very, very peaceful few minutes this morning. Thank you!

Daryl Edelstein said...

Twain was right .. but that's an ornamental cabbage .. just sayin'

Elizabeth Grimes said...

So you finally got some snow that stuck? It makes these photos very very pretty. And the quotes to go with are just right.

CiCi said...

I like the Mark Twain quote. Gave me a chuckle. Your photos of nature in winter help me remember all the small things I tend to overlook.

Dianne said...

Oh My Goodness - as Hope would say

the cauliflower is so beautiful

and the first shot is endearing, as though the sweet weedy thing is waving
decorative grass as Daryl would call it, she's so classy

Leah J. Utas said...

Beautiful. Those are so soothing.

Anvilcloud said...

That's a very pretty cabbage even if it's the cauliflower that has all of the education.

holdingmoments said...

Lovely selection, but the one before the cabbage is a stunner.

Reb said...

Lovely winter scenes Hilary.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

The first photo and quote are so lovely, and you made me laugh with Mark Twain! :)

Kerri said...

Oh so pretty :)

Nezzy said...

Oh what I wouldn't give for you to give me a photography lesson or twelve!!!

Your lovely pictures always take my breath away!!!

God bless ya and have a fantabulous weekend sweetie!!! :o)

cheshire wife said...

Thew snow make such a difference. It is just cold and grey here.

MaggieGem said...

Lovely winter image and quotes that match perfectly!

Daniel said...

Number 3 does it for me. A beautiful green tree with winter make-up.

Wendy said...

Love that last quote and pic! LOL! Nice collection, Hilary.

lime said...

that first shot is such a gorgeous wispy thing. what is the plant above the thoreau quote though. is it a dried out ornamental cabbage?

Anyes said...

The beauty of each season always shows in your photographs. The purple cauliflower is stunning, with it's snow/ice heart

Michael Manning said...

I love them all, Hilary!

Have a very nice weekend!!
Michael :)

Shrinky said...

Your photography never fails to make me catch my breath, when I see it. You have the special art of placing us right there with you, viewing everything with the wonder of how you see it. Of course, you DO live in a very beautiful place.. (smile).

Maggie May said...

Harsh weather does make lovely pictures.
Can't help looking forward to better weather though.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Wendy said...

Haha - just read your comment on my blog. I thought it was hilarious that you used your winter jackets as kites or sails as the wind blew you across the ice while skating. How cold was that!!! Mind you, back when we were in our 20's anything was possible. LOL.

Strange to think you were here in the west island where I grew up (and am now living). I'm in Pointe Claire on Lakeshore Road. I'm sure you know where that is.
Hugs - keep warm.

Laura said...

Lovely Hilary...I am quite drawn to photos 1 and 5...but you know I just love weeds, sometimes to me they are more beautiful than "flowers".

Barbara said...

Lovely photos but that last one and the quote are my favorites!!

SandyCarlson said...

These are gorgeous. They are winter, and they feel wonderful. Only you can make that happen!

Hilary said...

Thank you all so much for your always kind comments. I will eventually get back to responding to each of you individually but until then, please know that I'm so appreciative of your visits and your kindness. Thank you. :)

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

fantastic set of shots!
glad to see the snowy woods on a shine-y day!

xo
lol at your last quote.