Saturday, February 19, 2011

february presents



my little part of the world was washed with wave after wave of warm air that
drifted up from the southern united states.
travelling in its great arms were huge gift-boxes of colours and smells and sounds and a softness that i can't really put into words although if i said it was like walking through clouds of talcum powder
would you understand?

it lasted two days and in that time, each of the boxes was ceremoniously opened and the contents released to adoring children and adults alike who smiled even as the misty rains blew in and especially when the clouds scudded past and left a clear blue sky with mister sun looking shy and bashful as he looked at what he'd done.

"hey thanks for the nice days my man!"


17 comments:

Annie said...

Pleased you had a glimpse of what's to come. Love this last shot.

steven said...

thanks annie. today it's returned to whiteout conditions and a temp of minus eighteen. but the memory of what is to come - well it's still rich and alive!!! steven

Reya Mellicker said...

We had the same experience in DC. Today Brother Wind is back, blowing cold air into the city.

Sigh.

steven said...

reya there was something of a gift about the two days that i think was a simple act of kindness. i'll feel it that way! steven

Valerianna said...

You got the air that flowed up from here, bringing a little bit of RavenWood to you..... I hope we don;'t send you this next offering - howling, cold wind, twisting, blowing trees, and a long night of waking up to bumps and branches hitting rooftop, hail and frightened furry friend!

steven said...

thanks for the wish valerianna but the night was torn apart by a hungry wind that ate up all the warmth and threw things every which way on its quest!!! the air is crackling and ice-hardened. steven

ellen abbott said...

I'm glad some of my southern air made it all the way up to you.

steven said...

ellen - i swear i could hear frogs and the whooshing of air through deep grass, smell the sun-warmed weeds. steven

aguja said...

How wonderful! A gap of respite and a preview of things to come. Amazing - as are the shots!

hope said...

I'll tie a ribbon on today and push it your way! Unseasonably warm here, probably a high of 74 today [23C]. Yesterday we almost set a record with 79 degrees!

Shoving some pretty blue sky your way for a lovely weekend!

acornmoon said...

something very strange is happening to our weather, we are getting very cold spells, not our usual North Atlantic Drift which sometimes blows the talcom powder over here.

I would urge you to have a go at wood engraving, you need very little outlay, just a few tools and a little block of wood. I am well and truly hooked.

steven said...

aguja - i'll take even a slight wisp of warmth at this point in the winter!!! thankyou for your kind comment. steven

steven said...

hope thankyou so much!!!! it's a wild day here and apparently in a lot of places. no complaints though - i'm alive, i am happy and it's a saturday. a nice combination. steven

steven said...

valerie thankyou for the encouragement! i'm researching and banking links and suppliers. i have several directions i want to open to myself over the enxt few years before retirement. one or more of them will sustain my creative life i'm certain. steven

Dan Gurney said...

We had more than a week of very warm weather (record setting near 80° F) a few weeks back. Then, BAM! rain and cold wintry weather, as if our sweet Mother e\earth is having fevers and chills.

Titus said...

Isn't warmth and sunshine brilliant when it comes!
That final shot is magnificent.

Jo said...

Yes, Steven, these brief respites from a difficult winter are precious gifts, indeed.

We have much to be grateful for as we behold the treasures within these gifted days.