Listen to the Ice

“Spring has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.”

~W. Earl Hall (1897-1969) Editor and publisher of the Mason City Globe Gazette

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This is a photo of the ice going out on a river in Minnesota.  If you quietly stand and watch such a site you will actually hear the ice cracking!

Dancing with Light and the Weather

“Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy – your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself.”

~Annie Leibovitz (1949- ) American portrait photographer

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A juvenile Cooper’s hawk that visited my garden on a snowy day.

That Cycle of Life

“I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”

~Andrew Wyeth, (1917-2009) American artist

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This place currently covered by a blanket of snow looks so still and quiet.  Once spring arrives, however, the ice will melt to free the water in the pond.  The trees will blossom, the birds will arrive to nest, and color will return.  Life will begin anew.

Godlight

“Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the woods of our experience.”
~C.S. Lewis

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A walk on a white and silent winter day revealed to me another fine creature of this earth.    Gobble, gobble!

Survival

“God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into the nest.  He does not unearth the good that the earth contains, but He puts it in our way, and gives us the means of getting it ourselves.”

~Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819-1881), American novelist and poet

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A Bald Eagle having just captured his prey on a frigid day in Minnesota.  The temperature was about -5 degrees.  Brrrr…

Highland Bull

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Highland cattle are a Scottish cattle breed. They have long horns and long wavy coats that are coloured black, brindle, red, yellow, white, silver or dun, and they are often raised primarily for their meat. (Source: Wikipedia)

I came across this fine gentleman while driving on a back road in northern Minnesota.  Look at the length of his horns!  He has only to turn his head slightly to scratch his haunches.  I watched him do it, but the angle did not allow for a very good photo.  Maybe next time I can catch him with my camera?

During this busy holiday season, be sure to purposely pause and take notice of the wonder that is around you each and every day!