Monday, January 30, 2006

Yesterday

On snowshoes: view to the north.













Incoming snow.













Snow-spattered, electric green, wolf lichen on a ponderosa pine.
The bark smells like vanilla, or maybe butterscotch.














Fog and snow arrive.













Two ravens wheeling in the fog.

















Enlightenment on a spring.





18 Comments:

Blogger feminine expressions said...

breathtakingly beautiful photographs.

the last one, of course, just goes to show us we can find enlightenment anywhere...

1/30/2006 12:27 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Beautiful photographs. Thank you for sharing them with us, MB.

1/30/2006 12:49 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Cold and fresh and pristine (in the way snow is), very beautiful!

1/30/2006 4:41 PM  
Blogger Rexroth's Daughter said...

It's beautiful where you are! These photographs are so lovely. They capture the fresh snow, and the enlightenment that it so often brings.

1/30/2006 5:11 PM  
Blogger Frankie said...

What absolutely gorgeous pictures! Thanks so much for sharing them!!

1/30/2006 5:41 PM  
Blogger rdl said...

Nice pics!

1/30/2006 8:36 PM  
Blogger snowsparkle said...

so, so beautiful!!! thank you for bringing these phenomenal photos to me today! maybe when the sun comes out you'll see the snow sparkle. :)

1/30/2006 11:07 PM  
Blogger Jean said...

Gorgeous landscapes. But I was riveted by the Buddha-on-a-spring. I love these little toys. Once when I was a very silly college student a group of us all bought some bright pink rabbits-on-a-spring and constituted ourselves as the 'pink rabbit society'. We stood pink rabbit candidates in the student union elections, fly-posting posters of the pink rabbit all over Cambridge ... (we were very immature 18-year-olds making up for our repressed swotty adolescences). Anyway, ever since then they have a special place in my heart. And I've never seen a Buddha one. And I am craving one, in a very un-buddhist fashion.

1/31/2006 2:36 AM  
Blogger MB said...

These photos don't do justice to the beauty of the place, to the light which was extraordinarily and eerily beautiful, and to the feeling of encroaching snowstorm. It's hard to capture all that with the limits of my camera and skills.

Jean, I think that little "buddha boy" is probably very un-buddhist and completely unenlightened of me, but I admire his equanimity as he bobbles on his spring all the way down the road, and he makes me laugh which is always a good thing. He was given to me, but I had a hunch and was right: if you look here, you can find one. I loved your pink rabbit story. Such youthful exuberance!

1/31/2006 8:30 AM  
Blogger Lhombre said...

mb: The landscapes are sublime. They remind me very much of the paintings of the Northern German Romantic Caspar David Friedrich. Where were these taken. I may want to don some snowshoes myself! Simply breathtaking. I wnat that light!

Thanks too for the comment you left on my Luz blog. I'll try and share more later.

1/31/2006 9:16 AM  
Blogger Lhombre said...

I meant "want!" Ooops, and I forgot the (?) Impetuosity...sigh.

1/31/2006 9:18 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Lhombre, thanks for introducing me to Caspar David Friedrich, I'd not heard of him before. Yes, some of those landscapes (like this one) look a lot like places around here. His work reminds me a little of Thomas Moran's paintings of the American West but Moran's work is far more overblown and less sensitive than Friedrich's, I think. Much further into romanticism, I guess... These photos are in Idaho. (You may have to plan a trip!)

1/31/2006 1:16 PM  
Blogger mermaid said...

Beautiful pics of Winter.

1/31/2006 2:13 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Thanks, mermaid. Hope you are staying warm...

1/31/2006 6:44 PM  
Blogger leslee said...

Oh, how beautiful! Love the last photo, too! We've had very little snow here this year, not that many of us are complaining. But it's beautiful in the mountains and forests when there's snow like this.

2/02/2006 10:46 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Leslee, we had little snow for the first part of the winter. Suddenly now, we're at 148% of normal snowpack. Go figure! I agree, it's beautiful. I feel fortunate to be able to get out into so easily.

2/02/2006 10:59 AM  
Blogger Richard Lawrence Cohen said...

Beautiful! A wonderful antidote to the snowless 60-degree Texas winter (which I also love, of course).

2/04/2006 6:10 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Oh, Richard, it's actually snowless much of the time where I live, but this is not at all very far up the hill. So I'm blessed with both. Although, it doesn't usually make it quite up to 60 degrees down here!

2/04/2006 9:05 AM  

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