Thursday, December 19, 2013

Winter renewal

As yesterday's high temperatures drop, a fresh coating of frost climbs up the inside of our storm windows. No doubt this kind of behavior should be expected when we're at C'mas minus 6 and counting and the Winter Solstice is the day after tomorrow.

frosted window pane
 frosted window pane           © harrington

Snow is forecast for this afternoon or evening (or both). This morning's dog walk in the bright moon light through the shadows tree branches cast on the snow covered road was a treat. The moonlit snow fields had an almost fairy tale character to them. One of the reasons to have a dog is so you have an excuse to get up early and enjoy the world. Without a dog, I'd probably be inclined to sleep in. Wet noses on forearms and tongue-licked ears prevent that around here. Without kids and dogs around and underfoot, the holidays would be more peaceful but a heck of a lot less fun. Speaking of fun, "Thank you" to both Minnesota Blog Cabin and Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy for picking up on and promoting  This land is your land? Readership almost went viral. That was lots and lots of fun.

always ready for a walk
always ready for a walk        © harrington

William Carlos Williams could well have been shadowing me during this morning's walk with the dog, taking notes for his poem about:

Winter Trees

By William Carlos Williams 

All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.