Monday, February 15, 2010

My Late-Winter State of Mind

Remember back in early November, when I pledged to do my dangdest to enjoy and appreciate Winter?

Well, I'm pleased to report that I truly have seen it in a new, more glimmery light.

Time and time again, I found my eye drawn to unassuming slivers of beauty.

I have passed this particular fence-post finial thousands of times and never paid it any mind until yesterday. That is a gift.


I caught on to the fact that white is the perfect backdrop for a strangely beautiful, freak-show tree skeleton.

I felt my heart warm to the perfect pinkish gold of faded blooms.

I smiled at a boon-docks fire hydrant. (That's always a slightly awkward feeling.)

It is safe to assume that the geometry of this roof-line, the green of its shingles, would have gone unnoticed by me if there were flowers and flip flops and....grass to distract me.

But for 3 solid months now, I have searched for beauty, and I have found it.

Winter, it's been funnish, but all good things are bound to come to an end.

I'm officially over you.

I'm not a complete jerk, I'll give you 'til the end of the month. And then, I ask that you see yourself to the door. I'll leave the fond memories of our time together packed up in a box on my doorstep. You can pick them up on your way out of town. There's no need to drag this out. We've simply run our course. I really hope we can remain friends...and who knows? Maybe someday our paths will lead us back together again.

For now, I'm looking for greener pastures, fewer layers, dirtier fingernails and color.

I hope you can understand.

33 comments:

  1. Your winter pictures are beautiful. I'm loving winter from afar. Happily. Your Indiana winter white is much lovelier than my Texas winter brown. At any rate, I need some color! Bring spring!

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  2. From someone who never sees snow (feel free to send a virtual slap my way) these photos are gorgeous! You've reminded me that I should slow down and see the beauty I take for granted! Perhaps a field trip is in order for myself! :)

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  3. I hear you, bring it on! Spring is in the air.........Hang in there~Kim

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  4. gorgeous photographs- I see you are praying for global warming too :)

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  5. Great photos!!! I am just dreaming of fresh spring blossoms and the smell of the earth after a spring rain........

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  6. So you are like not calling 'Winters' name at the rose ceremony, eh? I'm about done with it too, but we are in counseling, giving it one last go.

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  7. I am finished too. We have had more snow here this winter than since I moved here in 2nd grade. I like staying home with my boys since my hubs won't let me go to work (no good snow removal equip in TN) but I would rather use my vacation days when it is warm and we can play outside. So, you see, Winter is cramping my style. You are right, he is like the boyfriend that just wouldn't go away!
    Michelle

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  8. My words exactly... I'm officially over winter! (But the pics are beautiful!)

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  9. Love those shots...especially the funky skeleton tree. So cool. All the major snow has missed us this year, so we will be in a world of hurt this summer. Old man winter and I need to stay together a bit longer, I'm afraid. For the sake of the kids.

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  10. At least the snow is pretty, as are your pictures! But I'm with you, I am ready for winter to be over - like yesterday! I'm in Hobart, by the way. So nice to "meet" you!

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  11. I am totally with you woman! Our woods are stunning right now with all the snow and ice, but I'm tired of my fuzzy warm boots & winter coats & fingerless gloves! I want to bring on my flip flops & pick blackberries again!

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  12. oh yeah!
    I actually pondered the idea of using hot water to melt all the snow on my property just so I can see a glimmer of green. (greenish-brownish, but still!)

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  13. Amen sister! Your pictures are lovely!

    Stay warm and safe!

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  14. I knew you'd come to your senses eventually. ;) Welcome back to the dark side.

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  15. Well, I'm gonna have to give ol' man winter another 6 weeks before I start leaving hints about guests and fish...
    It really is BEAUTIFUL and WHITE and LOVELY for about 3 months and then MOVE ON!
    annie

    Linda-- the dark side beckons us all...

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  16. your photos are gorgeous and I am glad that you found the beauty beneath the cold...hang in there!

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  17. Crazy beautiful images....is that church in Fort Wayne? I swear it looks just like one I drive past once a week.

    Here's hoping with you that winter bids us farewell soon and green will become the color du jour again.

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  18. I am so ready to see the GROUND again!

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  19. Hello,
    Oh I love all of your photos. You need to make a calendar with all of these beautiful pictures. I love what you find to photograph!
    Take Care,
    Maria

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  20. I just love your blog, it is such great inspiration and I love your sense of humor! And what beautiful photos! I agree, I am done with Winter, although we have really not gotten much snow in New England this year!

    Stay warm!

    :) Kerri

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  21. I hear you sister girl! I've been dreaming similar dreams lately. Promise me it will be gone by March 1st?

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  22. I need some color right about now too! Your photos are amazing though. I especially love that freakish tree. It is awefully odd. I do hope Spring comes soon!

    -FringeGirl

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  23. Amen amen amen!!!!!!!!!!!! I think my next blog post is going to be a link to this one!! Loved it;) very well said:)

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  24. adore the way you put it. i too have tried to find the good in every snow and freezing temperature, but i'm ready "to see winter to the door."

    winter, don't let the door hit your white backside!

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  25. I'm already moving on...although, the pictures look great :)

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  26. You crack me up so bad! Seriously you are just kicking winter out huh? Well I'm in...let's bully IT together:)

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  27. I'm so, so happy you found some delight...at least for a little while, in the white stuff. I do think winter is incredibly beautiful in a stark kind of way. But, I live in the desert and we always want what we can't have. :-)

    Please don't hurry winter away too fast. Because once it's gone it'll be 100 degrees here, and I'm not a big fan of THAT. Beautiful pictures! Stay warm.

    Lisa

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  28. Love your blog! I am so with you on this. Wonter can't leave fast enough. I need some green!

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  29. Shannan, I wanted to tell you that you have inspired me to take my camera...a simple point and shoot with no lens options...out on a romantic date, a Looking-for-Lovely-Things field trip. I wonder what I'll find here.

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  30. it looks like you frightened the bugeezies out of that there tree...it's hair is standing on end in fright! you shouldn't sneak up on a tree like that. ;)

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  31. Hi Stranger. That tree is borderline creepy!

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