Thursday, December 27, 2012

Toward The End Of The Year


There were a few gum drops still left in the candy dish. He noticed someone had left him his favorite green ones along with the purple and white ones his friends didn’t like as much. That day after Christmas can be quite startling, the glitz and glamour slows down and too many brings the season to a halt. I looked out my window and decided to head for the parks, having numerous state areas real close. The land was covered in snow and offered a different vision of its beauty. I was drawn to the brightness and sparkle when looking toward the sun through ice filled plants .A milkweed had shed its casting made from ice, still holding on to the plant, and sparkling bright. A gaze off to the side produced an eagle, snuggled into a perch hoping to stay warm. Even the sparrows looked twice their size all fluffed up to ward off the cold. He walked with a little dog trying to get that perfect shot, his feet feeling the cold. Coming back to his car he slowly melted enjoying the heater filling the air with its warmth. They snuggled and drove farther into the wildlife sanctuary and watched for more to photograph. Looking along the river for eagles he almost missed the sparkle of a hedgerow on the other side of the road. He slowed and got out again, this time adding another layer of gloves and a scarf to keep warm a bit longer. It felt good finding these hidden patches of beauty and being the first prints in the snow. When he smiled his cold face felt like it was going to break, a steady breeze touched him coming across the prairie. It was worth it having found a number of treasures to enjoy again later in the day reviewing his photos.
 

17 comments:

  1. Sounds like a lovely walk. Wishing you a Very Happy New Year Steve! Thank you for all the enjoyable posts and for the visits to my blog too.

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  2. This sounds like a nice December 26 walk. We have been rained in for several weeks now. Even the cold you experience sounds nice to me.

    Happy New Year!

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  3. It certainly does take effort and hardship to first of all just get out. Then you have to capture what's out there.
    I'm sure you enjoyed your outing.

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  4. Its so easy not to bother, love this blog!

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  5. Lovely. That's pretty much what the love of photography and nature is all about. It's a wonderful process.

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  6. And we're looking forward to reviewing some of those photos, too, Steve. It sounds like you and Lily had a beautiful day in the snow. By the way, I like those green, purple, and white gumdrops, too. :) Did you talk your visiting friend into hooking up your sound system for you?

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  7. Congratulations for going out to enjoy, especially since it's so cold right now!

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  8. Hi Steve !
    I imagine your pleasant walk.

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  9. Good writing. Happy New Year, Steve.

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  10. Loved the adventure...and so true about the heater!Hahaa
    Happy New Year Steve!
    hughugs

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  11. So lovely. Wishing you a great New Year!

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  12. I want to wish you a healthy and prosperous New Year! I enjoy you blog and look forward to seeing your achievements in 2013.

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  13. Sounds like a beautiful day. Happy New Year!

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  14. Beauty in the little things. We should never take them for granted. hanks for the reminder! Happy New Year to you!

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  15. Happy New Year my friend. I hope to enjoy a new year full of your writings and photos.

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Keep it positive and informative,I enjoy hearing from you!