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Looking for warmth

Waiting his turn.
Waiting his turn.

Only with winter-patience can we bring
the deep-desired, long-awaited spring.

~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh, “Autumn 1939,” The Unicorn and Other Poems, 1935-1955

Sunset at the Point yesterday,
Sunset at the Point yesterday,  It’s frozen as far as the eye (and binoculars) can see.

We are in a deep freeze, something that’s true for a lot of you who visit me here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch.  I could show you more images like this:

On shore.
On shore.

Or like this:

Swans on ice.
Swans on ice.

Or even like this:

Frozen waves near the shore.
Frozen waves near the shore.

But since so many are looking for warmth, let’s start with sunrise.

Warm colors in the sky.
Warm colors in the sky.

Then we’ll have to move to the archives because most of my recent stuff involves ice and snow, and I know many of you are tired of winter’s landscape.  I’ll save the snow and ice for July and August when I’ll need to cool off.

Before we go to the archives, a Junco in the garden.
Before we go to the archives, a Junco in the garden.

A huge flock of Red-Winged Blackbirds is still hanging out here.  They’ve been here for several days.  Now that it’s so dangerously cold, they’re invading the feeders.  The feeders have been filled twice today.  I may have to let them fend for themselves a while just to discourage the blackbirds.  There are too many of them for us to keep feeding even though I’d like nothing more than to feed all of the critters trying to survive the arctic cold.  Thankfully, nature is providing food as well.  There are still dried cherries on the cherry trees, sumac berries, multi-flora roses (we left some in the thickets because the birds eat the berries, or hips), and other seeds and berries too numerous to name (or I haven’t identified them and hence, can’t name just yet).

Warming daffodils.  (March 2012.)
Warming daffodils. (March 2012.)

I watched a Dark-Eyed Junco sitting on the front porch this morning, fluffed up and shivering from the cold.  I wanted to invite him or her inside to get warm.  It hurts to watch the birds dealing with the wind and cold and snow and ice.  Or maybe I’m just far too sensitive.  Some people probably think so.

A wish for spring.  (2011)
A wish for spring. (2011)

“Why are you crying” shivered the otter.  “Because I am cold!” shouted the gnome.  “Then why are you shouting?” chattered the otter.  “Because,” yelled the gnome, “when I shout it gets part of the cold from the inside out.”

~ Stephen Cosgrove, Gnome from Nome

This gnome must have shouted out all the cold.  (2012)
This gnome must have shouted out all the cold. (2012)

We have one more day of the teens and single digits, then we’ll get above freezing for Saturday and into the 50’s on Sunday.  It will be a small break from winter, but winter will be returning again on Monday.  That’s February for you.  It can’t make up its mind.

Sunshine yellow.  (2011)
Sunshine yellow. (2011)

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope the flowers and reminders of spring helped to warm you up a little.  I don’t think I’ll be going out for sunset this evening (which is at 5:45 PM).  The actual temperature is around 16°F and with the winds gusting up to 30 mph, it is, as the weather folk are saying, dangerously cold.  Let’s stay indoors where it’s warm.

Wouldn't it be wonderful to tip-toe through these tulips?  (2007)
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to tip-toe through these tulips? (2007)

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Huddling.
Huddling.

Today’s joys:  Shelter from the cold; my first good yoga workout in what feels like forever; stretching and relaxing; colorful images to explore and share; my favorite hoodie to keep me comfy and warm.

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, yoga teacher, sometime poet, wife, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She shares her daily walks and meanders, a lot of quotes, some of her artwork, and a lot of her photography here on Ye Olde Blogge. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are (still!) in the midst of renovating the house and cleaning up the property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

35 thoughts on “Looking for warmth

  1. I end up being very slow about filling feeders when the red-wing and yellow-headed blackbirds come en mass in order to protect my budget. There were 4 red-wings in my bird tree this morning – advance scouts, I suspect.

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  2. Totally enjoyed seeing all your ‘warm’ photos on this miserably cold day. And those sweet little birds always make me smile, though I, too, worry about them, it is so harsh out there. Bundle up, let’s get through tonight and tomorrow the best we can.

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    1. Good advice, Eliza. 🙂 Hopefully the birds can hunker down and get through today. Tomorrow we’ll be above freezing (and I’ll be able to get out the driveway and purchase some more bird feed!).

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  3. All of your photos are just stunning today, Robin. I especially liked the birds on the ice and your frozen waves on the beach. It is what it is, and magically beautiful. So rare to see what we are seeing this week. We just don’t have the cold to sculpt our world like this very often- and we get to witness it 😉 So glad you’re back to yoga. What a difference that will make 😉 Did you get much snow last night? It was the prettiest we’ve had this entire year. It looked like it was coated in a fine dust of glitter as it fell. Best wishes, WG

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    1. Thank you, WG. 🙂 We had a dusting on Thursday night. Just enough to have to shovel the boardwalk to the driveway again. It is beautiful (sparkling!) outside this morning, but only 5 degrees so I think I’ll wait to go out for my walk. I’m enjoying winter’s visit although the watermen are not too happy. The Bay is frozen, and the mail boat to Smith Island isn’t running.

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      1. Well, that means everyone gets a gift of time to do something unexpected 😉 Yes, please stay in until it warms a bit, enjoy your tea, and have time for Asana or just sitting. Best wishes, WG

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  4. Warmth is coming! We’ve had record breaking temps locally. Of course, it’s in the 50’s but that’s a record for our area for this time of year. This morning I noticed that my neighbor’s daffodils are blooming and there are buds on my crocus so I know warmth is on the way. I’m sure it will get to you soon, too. Hopefully sooner than later!

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    1. I hope so too, Corina, for those who have had to endure a lot of cold and snow. I don’t mind it too much because I happen to love winter and snow, but I know it’s been rough on those in more northern climes.

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    1. I found the quote online, Jane, and then looked up the book. It’s one of the Serendipity series which, it so happens, we have in our attic. I knew it sounded familiar, but couldn’t think where or how. Our youngest son loved that series (Leo the Lop, Flutterby, Raz-ma-taz, etc.). I hope to find them soon as it would be fun to look them over (and then give them to my granddaughters).

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  5. Loving your winter scenes, and the frozen waves, Robin. A couple of days ago a large flock of grackles visited my feeder. I was glad they moved on. I’ve fallen in love with those adorable little juncos this year, too. Your bird shots are so lovely.

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. 🙂 I’m enjoying the juncos, too. Ours have been so friendly that it’s easy to get shots of them. I know so little about birds, and decided this winter to start learning more since they have been surprising me by not minding me when I’m out with the camera. I didn’t realize the juncos are Canadian and that they only winter here. It’s so difficult to see all the birds during the summer months (so much growth to hide in!) that I’m never sure who stays and who goes and who is just passing through until I take the time to look it up.

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  6. Mmmm would love to be among those tulips. Thank you for the bright color and warmth today on this super-cold day with crazy low wind chills. The sun is out – how very deceiving it looks!

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    1. You’re welcome, Karma. And thank you. 🙂 I know what you mean. I keep looking out the window and thinking, “Oh, what a nice day!” Then I opened the back door and got hit in the face with frozen air and decided my walk outside for today can wait. In fact, I might not go much farther than the front porch.

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  7. Tried to send you warmth from Yuma and the Mojave Desert. Funny, I always hated driving across the desert on the interstate highways, but fell in love once you get off those boring stretches. Perhaps I’ll show you what I mean (once I get settled back into being home and caught up on mundane household stuff and blogging!) I’ve missed all my bloggy friends, not having internet for roughly two weeks!

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    1. I’m looking forward to it, Gunta. I’ve been to a desert once and I loved it. I just missed the spring flowers blooming (there had been some rain) but there were still some here and there, and the temperature wasn’t bad at the time (upper 70’s). At first it seemed so stark and then, as I looked a little closer, I realized there was so much life going on. It was amazing.

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      1. You’ve reminded me of a time (several decades in the past) when we lived in Utah. If you caught the desert right after a good rain, you can see cactus blooming everywhere in about every color imaginable (except perhaps blue). Utterly marvelous, but it doesn’t last long. I think it’s the drives along the interstate highways through seemingly endless desert that have created my love/hate relationship.

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