Monday, December 5, 2011

Artful Treasure

Santa is a bit lean this year










 The first snow had a charm



It was a slip of nature. The snow that was forecast was only rain. She went out and looked at a few good places she wanted to hike, not sure where would be the best. The wind went right through her light jacket, and soon she wished to have worn more layers. It became a bit painful as she worked her way back to her car, when she came face to face with a doe. Both were caught off guard and stood in amazement before the doe bounded off, tail raised in alarm. She thanked the deer for the experience and worked her way down a series of switchbacks to get to the parking. Seeing a trail heading at a steeper angle she tried to follow it until she came to a drop off that was almost vertical. The shrubs and brambles formed a barrier to stop one, least they take a plunge over the cliff. She looked back to where she had started and returned to the start of the trail.

A friend had asked her to offer a blessing for her, since she was thousands of miles away, and she added this to her passion thanking the land for such a wonderful time. By the time she made it back to her car she was shaking and shivering, the temperature had fallen rapidly. Snow began to fall in the form of tiny ice crystals. The wind picked up and rocked her car as she headed back toward town. A friend called and asked if she wanted to go to a museum and at first she was hesitant, but felt an inside activity would beat the weather. As she drove north the snow became little feathers, covering all it landed on. They met in the parking and ran into the building to beat the weather. It was nice to see a small crowd, and they headed for the permanent collection. A selection of artistic greats greeted them taking them into a different realm from the cold outside. At the end of the day, she had many stories to share with her friend of her adventures out on the prairie. Her happiness was carried on a frigid prairie breeze.

25 comments:

  1. I love the way you write, flows so nicely from beginning to end. Photos are wonderful, beautiful artwork but especially enjoyed the first shot :)

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  2. That statue at the museum - is it by Fredrick Remington? The photos you took there are fascinating!

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  3. So did you let Santa know what you wanted for Christmas this year?....lol

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  4. post smells of oil paint, snow and cookies!


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  5. That frigid prairie breeze has a long arm tonight. We're getting some snow here in Indiana, too. Nice museum pictures. Oddly, the bucking bronco is my favorite.

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  6. Wow, i love those photos, but most especially the tinted glass panels. I can't let anything like that pass without a shoot.

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  7. Santa does seem a bit thin..Ha! I'm jealous you got snow. It's raining here tonight after being 50 degrees. But the cold weather is on it's way and hopefully some snow for Christmas. I liked your story, especially the Doe part.. Pretty snow pics. The museum ones are interesting. Take care. Enjoy the snow.

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  8. I'm so jealous that you've already had your first snow! Also, I love it when the snow looks like feathers. :-)

    Tell Santa I want to know his secret for staying thin over the holidays!

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  9. There's our darling Steve! So good to see a picture of you. You must come to Europe... we're waiting for you.

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  10. Is that Toby behind that Santa Suit? Sure looks like my friend Toby!
    The first snow... it really is special isn't it?

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  11. Beautiful pictures.
    And yes- the first snow has a charm. I wish it lasted;) (The charm I mean:))

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  12. Wow !
    Wonderful serie, Steve ! Paintings and frames are very beautiful.

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  13. Landscapes in the snow are breautiful too.

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  14. Nicely written. It is always nice to get back to the car and get the heater going.

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  15. Sounds like a great way to spend a snowy day!

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  16. A day very well spent, I'd say...

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  17. Love that first picture of you with Santa... Did you fatten him up a little???ha

    Great paintings... AND--I love the snow pictures. We may get some flurries tomorrow.....??????
    Betsy

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  18. Santa is a bit lean this year. Hope he keeps his strength up. ;-)

    Great pictures from the museum and of the snow. I also took pictures of the first snow with the deer out my patio door. Awesome how nature suddenly gets you to appreciate 'all' the seasons and times of year. :-)

    Have a Warm and Wonderful Wednesday, Steve!

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  19. Looks like you made it over to the Joslyn? I haven't been there in years -- gorgeous shots, Steve. I hope you told Santa you were a good boy this year. :)

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  20. I hate to say it, but sitting on Santa is like a confessional. STEVE

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  21. DId you give your wish list to Santa, Steve? Enjoyed the photos of the artwork and wondered where they were taken.

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  22. It's always good to see Santa Claus.The artwork is all beautiful. I searched all over to find an art gallery or museum where I lived in Michigan, but I never found one. I know of a few good places in Sioux City though.

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  23. This art is really inspirational. And I really liked how you tied this into your story, especially the weather and the art! Very nice. Very settling.

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  24. Lovely art pieces !

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  25. You're right Santa's looking ill. I hope he doesn't disillusion the children too much. Such beautiful art. Were the three panels stained glass?

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