Sunday, January 18, 2015

Silent, Soft and Slow

Out of the bosom of the air,
Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
Over the woodlands brown and bare,
Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
Silent, and soft, and slow
Descends the snow.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


We've been getting our share of cold, snowy weather. It's been better than last year, so far but winter is well and truly here. All photos were taken through glass -some through glass and screen. And some on different days.

came in through the bathroom window
My first glimpse of the sun coming over Blueberry Island, as seen through my bathroom window.





morning sun through screen
Turning to the opposite direction, you can see her lovely rays landing across the snow of our yard.






icy treetops2
Through the kitchen window, across the yard, across the road and up the hills on the opposite side, the trees collected frost and snow which lasted over tend days before we had a warming spell.







through kitchen window
And then the snow came in earnest.






snow squall
It continued to fall despite a few shoveling sessions.






sunny snow
Eventually the sky began to clear and the vague warmth of sunshine tried to burn through. Despite that, it kept snowing for a while.






wind pattern on ice with blue filter
The wind got creative - making icy patterns on the frozen, snowy lake.






through office window
Sunset arrived with huge, cotton candy clouds. This is the view from my computer desk. I just lifted my camera over the monitor.




 

moonrise over lake
And not wishing to be out-pinked by the sun, the moon did her best to illuminate a lovely sky.

Even for a summer person like me, it's difficult to not love a winter like that.

61 comments:

Midlife Roadtripper said...

Beautiful. The moon, the rising sun. I especially like the patterns made by the wind on the lake. Seems odd to me that I grew up in the snow for my first 32 years, but now can't imagine living in the snow. Looks so cold, yet so enticing.

joeh said...

I love a good snow storm. So far not much in Jersey.

ADRIAN said...

Wonderful. I could live with these views.

Linda said...

Beautiful! I'm glad Benny is okay.

Cloudia said...

Magnifique!

Wish we could trade views for a while.

ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
<3

Gary's third pottery blog said...

I have had enough snow myself to last any lifetime, but have to admit its beauty :)

Andy said...

Winter storms can be real ugly but the after effect can add eye pleasing beauty to the countryside.

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

A really beautiful snow series!

sage said...

Your first couple of photos show the lovely light of winter, that is especially seen in the north country, where the light is low and the shadows long.

Tabor said...

This is the year that I know I am aging as I avoid going outside or driving somewhere unless I absolutely have to. Today the rainy is falling in sheets. the air is white with the falling water.

June said...

You make it all look so pretty.
My favorite is the lacy ice-covered trees. When the trees and bushes look like that it reminds me of the fairy tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses." Do you know it?

Out on the prairie said...

Sunrise here the last three days has been real nice.Lovely pics

The Furry Gnome said...

Looks like a wonderful winter place. Your pix give a good impression of it.

messymimi said...

Very pretty, especially for one who doesn't have to shovel it. Truly i admire you, and your lovely photos.

Brian Miller said...

wow thank you for sharing your snow with me...we have only gotten a little so far and i look forward to seeing the world under the blanket of white...and all the flakes falling...it is so magical....

Maggie May said...

Three cheers for Benny! So relieved!

You are living in a magical place! Wonderful to be able to look out of a window at those views.
Maggie x

TexWisGirl said...

you brought back a whole lot of memories for me. the blue sky never looks bluer than across white snow. the gray days that seem to last forever. the blustery, windy, cold days. the snows that don't end. and that icy wind pattern - that's what really hit 'home'. :)

Crafty Gardener said...

I love seeing the frozen lake and the patterns the wind makes. The snow and frost covered trees would be fantastic to see when the sun was out.

Leah J. Utas said...

Beautiful pics, Hilary. I especially like the falling snow. That can be tricky to photograph.

Red said...

The first photo is a keeper. It's awesome. You live in a very photogenic area and are making good use of it.

Marie Flutterby said...

Outstanding beautiful breathtaking nature shots I really enjoyed those, thank you. =0)

rosaria williams said...

Each photo a mesmerizing scene.

ellen abbott said...

outstanding images as usual. and still my favorite way to view snow.

Rita said...

Love the winter shots! The snow swirls and patterns on the lake are marvelous. Isn't it great seeing trees through a snow screen and the results on the furniture and the hillside? I do love winter. And I have missed snow this year. We haven't had a good deep snow yet. You do live in a magical place!! :)

ds said...

Oh, beautiful! How lucky you are to live among such natural riches (you know this). The moon, the snow, the clouds, the trees....sigh...the wind patterns on the lake are just so cool. Thank you.

Betsy Brock said...

Gorgeous! I do love my snow! And thos pink clouds sure are beautiful!

Linda Wildenstein said...

I have said it before and here, I'll say it again.....where you live is enchantingly beautiful. How lovely it is that you have a "view" 360 degrees. Love what you do so much, Oma Linda

Ruth Hiebert said...

These photos show the beauty of winter.There is even beauty in a heavy snowfall.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

such pretty shots. Kudos

William Kendall said...

Gorgeous shots, and my kind of weather!

Barbara Shallue said...

I would love a few days of winter like that. So beautiful and peaceful. Also, I truly believe your windows are way cleaner than mine. :)

Bob Bushell said...

Superb settings Hilary. I agree with you, the winter is a special time, but, I am looking, only looking.

Jackie said...

You have a gorgeous view.
I am spellbound at the beauty!

DJan said...

Really stunning shots, Hilary. I especially love the blue sky behind the fabulous snowy trees. And that pink cloud! So lovely. :-)

Shammickite said...

I like looking out of the window at the snowflakes falling, not so keen on it when I have to drive anywhere! Very little on the ground here atm, but I'm sure there's a big snowstorm in store for us in the not so distant future.

Stephen Hayes said...

That looks like some serious snow. I love the long shadows in that first shot.

Tammie Lee said...

you have such lovely views!
Sunrise is a special thing to have. my son has to rise over a forest and it takes a good long while, i live in a hollow.

Glo said...

Picture(s) perfect! What an amazing celebration of your silent winter world.

Rob-bear said...

Those are all just so very beautiful, Hilary. It's much like that out here, though we haven't had any major snowstorms lately.

See you in the spring. Blessings and Bear hugs!

Ramakant Pradhan said...

Love the pictures, especially the sunrise and the snow blizzard pics. They are fabulous!

yaya said...

Looks like you have a gorgeous view from every room...including the bathroom! If I was somebody who never saw snow, your photos would make me want to take a trip just to experience that beauty! But since I have enough right here, I'll just enjoy your view!

ladyfi said...

The snow is magical! Lovely pictures.

EG CameraGirl said...

You did very well taking these photos without going outdoors! I think snow is beautiful and that most of winter is a gorgeous season/ But I admit it has been rather cold lately. ;)

Crabby McSlacker said...

So beautiful!

OK, maybe not beautiful enough to prompt me to move from San Diego in the winter, but still, pretty darn spectacular.

You shoot and shiver, I'll bask and marvel. :)

photowannabe said...

What an amazing view over your computer monitor. I think I would be staring out that window all day. Gorgeous Hilary.
Wish we would get some rain for our drought stricken area. My trees and plants don't look so hot. I know it's winter but they do still need a drink now and then.
It's gray and blah again today and I just can't get inspired.

Daryl said...

what beauty ... dont like the cold much but you do make it look appealing

L. D. said...

I am so tired of snow. That being said I was surprised to have such a great reaction to both of your snow photos. I really like the area where you live as the scenes you see are so good to see.

Anvilcloud said...

Well you have some nice views wherever you are looking thru.

Good news re. Benny.

Indrani said...

So much of snow!
After my recent experience of snow in Greece I have started loving it more. Great pics.

Gayle said...

Those of us that rarely see winter,except on TV, love a glimpse into your world. What breathtaking views you have from various vantage points. What a treat. However, cannot imagine it all in real life! Your photos are gawjus!

Kat said...

We just got dumped on again last night. I wasn't expecting it. I didn't want it. But I must admit it is pretty.
Beautiful pics! I love that first one and the way the light works itself in between the trees and falls on the snow. Lovely!

Mage said...

What does Benny think of all that snow?

Marvelous landscapes. The first one took my breath away. Speaking of photos...thank you for your comments on this B&W series I am working on. It's been a far harder thing than I anticipated.

Gail Dixon said...

It looks so beautiful, but that's just me after a 70F day. Sorry! I do wish we had the opportunity for snow so I could get pics like this. Every ten years or so we'll have snow and it's always a treat. My dogs hate it and refuse to do business in it.

Michael Manning said...

That glorious sun streaming through the clouds is captivating, Hilary! I've tried to capture similar outings with my iPhone, which is probably impossible! :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Those shots of the falling snow are something straight out of a dream for me :) WOW!!

Pat - Arkansas said...

Ahhhhh! Beautiful-- but I'm happy to be where there is no snow on the ground, at presen!

I have been catching up on posts and was delighted to learn that sweet Bennie's tumors were benign. Good, good news!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

You must be so gloriously happy with your vista! Thanks for sharing it!

A Cuban In London said...

The title is as appropriate as the photos are beautiful. Thanks.

Greetings from London.

Pauline said...

Absolutely. Splendidly, Beautiful.

Linda said...

Hi Hilary, so to be slow in getting around. These are lovely. I so enjoy your winter pictures. The icy trees are gorgeous, as is the snowy sunrise. Thank you for sharing your winter with us.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

I'm amazed to see such lovely sun despite your cold, snowy weather. One of the not-so-wonderful things about where I live now: the many days where we are enveloped in fog and the sun is far beyond our gray world.