It’s ‘a great day for up’
when you go
off the beach cliff
and up, up, up
into the sky…
with these high up hang-gliders.
Up always reminds me of A great day for UP, by Dr Suess –
a fun read with a child!
with thanks to http://www.sodahead.com for the cover picture.
After a week away, we return to an icy ‘welcome’ with biting winds, freezing rain and icy roads in the dark, early morning hours. Dress shoes with smooth, hard soles slide on the ice-covered pavers. I shuffle gingerly to the front door, grasping the textured bricks of the house wall to keep me steady and upright .
In contrast to the dangers in the dark, morning light reveals a derth of delicate decorations…
Icy maple branches and
icy spruce branches.
An icy clothes line and
icy chicken wire.
Icy ‘antlers’ of cedars and
icy crystals of spruce.
And buds in ice prisons, wait to burst free…
Is it spring or autumn in your part of the world?
What does your environment look like?
a long, leisurely, loquacious lunch,
a low-cal, lingering, longhand lunch
and a lively, laughing, literature lunch!
What is it? Look out the living room window.
A yellow machine up the road. A man in it. Another man by the side of the road. What is he doing?
Dress quickly. Add warm coat, wool hat and mitts, grab the camera and rush out the door.
Exciting morning. Watch a back-hoe clear snow out of a ditch to help icy waters flow through the drains.
Man and machine at work.
Imagine how children would love to watch this on their way to school.
I love to see the clean swathes of ice and snow
the back-hoe takes from the ditch.
Go for a walk…
Slushy snow melts slooowly,
and icy water makes small creeks
and large puddles.
a frozen dinosaur appears…
and a large, cookie face gives a crooked smile as I pass!
With a sunny 7 degrees today there are welcome signs of spring.
A rhododendron escapes its cold enclosure
and its shiny leaves welcome the sun.
Sedum spears appear as snow disappears.
Rocks break out and absorb the sun’s rays whilst
dock wood dries out and feels warm again.
But… roads soften and crack
and garbage is uncovered.
Thankfully and gradually, buds appear
and burst in happiness against a brilliant blue sky.
Spectacular snowy sights of early morning,
give way to ‘back to normal’ by lunchtime.
Bird seeds available…
a maple branch springs back and…
a stick snowman disappears leaving a bamboo wigwam.
A walk in the park.
A short walk in the snowy park.
Delicate, soft snow. Deep, top-of-the-boots snow.
Grey skies overhead, clouds swelling
At the riverbank, bare branches protrude
and summer grasses rest over winter.
Snow slides down the bright, slippery slide: where are the children?
A lonely leaf resists winds and hangs on as long as… ?
Two dark blue berries hang on, too… for early birds in spring?
Black and white reflections in dark, cold water.
Through a pipe darkly: whooshing water
with receding ice
and a blanket of snow.
A walk in the park – and back again…