Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Winter thoughts

Today's photo is the third in a series of photos featuring the arrival of Winter in Bend, Oregon. The usually rich, smooth, dark green boughs of a ponderosa pine are now frost-coated and brittle. A small cone, bundled between two clusters of needles, peeks out like a toothy rodent at the mouth of a burrow. So it is in these days, the temptation to venture out and see. Like a mad baker, Winter has coated nature's treats with icy white sprinkles, tantalizing and sugarlike to the eyes, but cold and foreboding to unmittened fingers. I stand frozen in the crisp air by this array of majesty and open my shutter and touch.

7 comments:

tapirgal said...

This is certainly one of your best, mi amigo. When I first looked at it, the beauty of the image jumped out and bit me. The writing likewise. (No, the comment was not influenced by the rodent with teeth - not consciously, anyway.)

Brighid said...

Love this picture, ponderosa pines being a favorite of mine. Miss the wonderful diversity of outback Oregon. Thanks for your beautiful words as well.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Fantastic and lovely shot !! So beautiful 1!

B SQUARED said...

You are seeing with wonderful eyes and beautiful, poetic words.

Jacob said...

Boy, you did this one right. A fantastic shot, Lee...would work well on any Christmas card or holiday ornament. I can feel that frosty brittleness.

By the way, I did introduce Santa to the Michelin Man, but Santa didn't do so well. He looked the MM in the eye, then squinted himself, and said, pointedly, "You make me tire-d!"

Raksha said...

Beautiful picture and beautiful words.

Sylvia K said...

One of the best yet! Beauty and wisdom all rolled into one.

Have a lovely evening.

Sylvia