Tuesday, November 28, 2006

First snow

morning sun, suffused by cloud,
glowing at the brink of the hill,
casts a shaft of yellow light
on the pale trunk of
the bare sycamore

birds in the branches above
are singing, too

Click on the photo to see a larger version.
This isn't the sycamore; it's an ash. By the time I got back outside with my camera, the light had shifted and much of the snow melted.


Anonymous marja-leena said...

Ah, I see you are excited by the first snow too! Lovely composition of words and image. The yellowness is intriguing.

11/28/2006 9:37 PM  
Blogger floots said...

nice one
love that shadow-filled shot too
thank you

11/29/2006 12:07 AM  
Blogger GEL said...

Besides your lovely closeup photography, this gentle cheerful piece effervesces with vivid imagery and sounds crisp when read aloud. (nice k and b sounds to offset the s's)
"suffused by cloud"- wonderful phrase

11/29/2006 1:27 AM  
Blogger alan said...

Catching up...can't imagine tenting this time of year!

Before too long I think we'll both be wishing it would melt a bit faster!

Thank you for your visit and kind words!



11/29/2006 1:34 AM  
Blogger leslee said...

No snow yet here - tomorrow they're saying record highs in the 60s. This is not New England weather in near-December! Sigh. Thanks for sharing your snow.

11/29/2006 4:13 AM  
Blogger gautami tripathy said...

It never snows in Delhi. Never will. Hence I like this very much. Picturing it.

11/29/2006 5:02 AM  
Blogger Sky said...

we are beautiful here, but now our sore throats, congestion, and sniffles have prevented us from the playtime we long for outside the window. :(

i love this image, MB....the shadows of the branches reflected in the snow are perfect details.

you may have more snow by now! i heard it is blowing your way. more due here tonight, and we just broke a record for low temperature this morning..18 chilly degrees.

11/29/2006 5:16 AM  
Blogger charlie said...

I love looking at photographs of snow covered trees and ground in far away places :o) Fine words, MB!

11/29/2006 8:18 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Marja-Leena, the first snow is always fun for me. We don't actually get much snow here, typically.

Floots, thanks. I love watching the play of shadows and light.

Gel, welcome! Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I'm pleased you found the sounds and enjoyed them.

Alan, you are right — we'll be wishing for warmth soon enough!

Leslee, I think many of us are noting erratic weather patterns this fall. Enjoy the warmth while you can.

Gautami Tripathy, thanks. It is hard for *me* to picture living completely without snow!

Sky, I hope you are all feeling better soon! The cold temperatures you've had have definitely arrived here; we won't make it out of the 20sF today.

Charlie, thanks. Savor the last of that warm Alabamamamama weather — you might see about bottling some to take home with you. And don't drive too fast, no matter what's singing in your ear.

11/29/2006 8:35 AM  
Blogger trinitystar said...

she is like a child when it snows.
she runs to the window to watch the gentle silence as it falls.
Beautiful photograph and words.
thank you for sharing your first snow. :O)

11/29/2006 9:38 AM  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

You! Everything you post is magical!

11/29/2006 11:11 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

There's something about snow, the way it takes the edges off the world, makes everything look curved and sensual and transforms sunlight and branches into art.

11/29/2006 11:14 AM  
Blogger polona said...

i'm not a fan of snow but this is so beautifully presented... enjoyed.

definitely erratic weather here... way too warm (not that i'm not enjoying it but it's not good for the nature)

11/29/2006 11:18 AM  
Blogger trinitystar said...


Perhaps you would like to take a look at this site ... most amazing.
hugs for you.

I have to say the same as Polona.
Our weather here in England is quite warm ... very unusual.

11/29/2006 11:27 AM  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

i love that you took a moment in time, a moment that some people might ignore or see as unimportant, a very ordinary moment, and you gave it meaning and beauty. you named it and that act is so powerful

11/29/2006 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love snow, utterly love first snow. Remember grade school magnetism of large windows and huge flakes, even the teacher entranced.

11/29/2006 12:26 PM  
Blogger mermaid said...

So many witnesses to our process.

11/29/2006 2:38 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Trinitystar, your comment made me smile because that's pretty much how it feels. I haven't changed much over the years in that regard!

Corey, the magic is in what's around us, I believe. I just try to stay out of the way.

Robin, you describe it well!

Polona, reluctant as you may be about snow, I'm glad you managed to enjoy it! ;-)

Trinitystar, thanks for the link. It is astonishing to think each one is different.

Michelle, I work at finding meaning and beauty in moments, for ultimately that's what life consists of.

Zhoen, yeah. Me too.

Mermaid, we're part of it all!

11/29/2006 5:42 PM  
Blogger charlie said...

Or who?

11/29/2006 6:05 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Yeah, or who, Charlie... ;-) Pay attention now!! And take good care in your travels.

11/29/2006 6:18 PM  
Blogger firebird said...

What a lovely photo--it looks just like a brush painting on a Japanese scroll! And the haiku-flavored poem to go with it...so refreshing like the snow. Love the rich subtle colors!

11/29/2006 9:12 PM  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

How'd I miss this??? You slipped it in when I had my back turned. Even with the cold and snow there's still singing. Love it!!

11/30/2006 3:31 PM  
Blogger Sue hardy-Dawson said...

I often look out when it's cold annd wonder that animals can be so cheerful when I long for a warm fire

12/06/2006 10:29 AM  

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