This is the word that kept coming to mind yesterday. The sun was bright and the snow glimmered. I love looking out my kitchen window and watching the play of light and shadow on my garden.

I thought of my plants and how surely the sudden change in temperature must have reached them. Glimmers of knowledge – do they sense the lengthening of the day?

Are they awakening and beginning to plan for the upcoming spring? Is their excitement as great as mine?

Glimmers of spring with temperatures going above freezing, for the first time this year. And that’s when I noticed that my Amaryllis has formed a new bud. How had I missed that? No matter, I am so going to enjoy having another set of blooms.

60 thoughts on “Glimmers

  1. Hi Kate, Your glimmering snow is beautiful. I beleive the plants know what is going on under the snow. Just think of how you would know the sun was out or the days lengthening when you have your head under the covers. You can feel all that is going on. The days lengthening is exciting. It is 60F here today. Crazy wild wind blowing though.

  2. Hi Kate. I love that first photo, especially!! What is it about finding a new bud on a plant??? I love that! The amaryllis is such a majestic flower.

  3. Glimmer is a good word. Your glimmer is different from my. I am looking for a glimmer of cold weather, this year has been unseasonably hot (good for tourist but tiring for locals) and I am also looking for a glimmer of rain the drought is taking its toll on the garden. I hope your spring comes soon

  4. Kate – Appreciation, peace and hope are what your photos evoke in me.The first photo reminds me of musical staffs, flowing gently downhill, toward spring.Thanks so much for reading and commenting on so many of my recent postings… I truly enjoyed your reminiscences and humor! … Deb

  5. Kate, that first photo is utterly breathtaking. You need to print, frame and hang that…I’d look at it every day, myself! Sadly, no glimmers here…we’re bracing for the next weather assault/insult here. What’s going to come out of the sky is not yet known, but the temperature has come way up, so it could be more ice. Sigh….

  6. What whimsy the light and shadows play outside your window, and how observant of you to capture it so beautifully. I do believe the world can feel the coming of spring, from the birds to the seeds deep in the soil. Thanks for a lovely post, once again.Frances at Faire Garden

  7. Beautiful pictures, Kate. I haven’t had much time lately to tend to my blogfriends. Please forgive me! Andrea

  8. I’m with everyone else. That first photo is a winner!Isn’t it fun to see the world through the camera’s lens and capture a moment?Robin at Bumblebee

  9. Kate that first photo with the shadow on the snow is amazing..truly arwork!I love the shadows cast on the snow on a bright sunny winter day! I can’t help but get the camera and capture it all!Soon though I’ll have a break from the snow..shall post about it end of the week! hugs NG

  10. You’ll be above freezing for the first time? Well, Kate. Get ready. Spring is near. I’m so happy for you. It’s been so long…I wish you bright sunny days to slowly melt away that BEAUTIFUL snow and I wish you to don a light jacket with clippers and a spade in your pockets.

  11. I love that shot with the glimmering snow. It almost looks as if it’s in motion. And the amaryllis bulb is exciting — they are a favorite of mine — they just seem bigger than life with those enormous blooms. So glad you got above freezing – I’m sure that made your day. Spring will be here in no time!

  12. Spring can’t be far away now. It’s almost March! The countdown is on.

  13. I really like the first photograph.Its intriguing, and I know the excitement of discovering a bud and waiting with great anticipation for the flower to unfurl.

  14. The low winter light makes for wonderful photos. The light streaks in the first photo is quite striking.

  15. I could look at the “light stripes” forever. Thanks for sharing.

  16. kate, thank you for dropping by. and thank you for giving me the name ‘amaryllis’. i hadn’t a waiting to see yours in bloom too.i like noticing the colour of the light from different parts of the world. the light in your photographs is blueish, mine is yellow and karine’s is white!

  17. Kate,Just a quick thank-you for leaving a comment on my blog; I thought I would return the favor by visiting your place, and I’m glad that I did. You have some wonderful pictures here.Thanks again.Spring is indeed y-cumen in.

  18. Those are lovely pictures of the snow. It amazed me, when I moved from the south, to discover how many different kinds of snow fall we could have in Indiana. I love the shimmering, glimmering snow the best.

  19. Kate, Another bud on your Amaryllis? You must have the magic touch. Mine bloomed brilliantly in mid-January, then it was gone within a week. Thanks for sharing these photos.Sean

  20. After living all over the US during our AF years, I can recognize different types of snow. The snow we had last week looked different than yours. We had a wet snow and yours looks to have been crusted over for a bit. I can even imagine the sound of walking on it verses the kind we had. Walking on dry snow makes my teeth hurt—like fingernails on a chalkboard. The sun glistens off different snows in different ways. It will give it’s age away. Funny how you learn odd things from your travels. North Dakota snow is so different than North Carolina Snow–and then there was Colorado snow—it was so light and feathery. I could go on–somehow, this struck a tender moment inside me. Thank you.

  21. Such a mesmerizing photo of the light on the snow, Kate. Just a wonderful composition! I do think that the flowers sense the lengthening days–probably far more than we do. Spring has arrived here and it’s certainly headed you way next.Hugs,Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

  22. Hi KateLoveley pictures,Kate.I like theshadow on the snow.It’s very amazing!I wish you many sunny daysGreetings from GermanyRegina

  23. What a wonderful play of light in the first photo! But then your photos are always pretty. I am so happy about your amaryllis bud – keep us posted! 🙂

  24. Fascinating photos, it must be quite exciting to see what changes are happening underneath that blanket of snow.

  25. Brilliant pictures Kate !I only wish I could get those types of shots when something like that catches my eyes .. I can’t blame my camera .. new one … so it must be ME !!! hahaJoy

  26. “Glimmer” is a word I don’t use nearly often enough and I shall make an effort today to do so… such a great and descriptive word.take care, g xo

  27. What beautiful photos, Kate. I especially like the first one. It’s amazing how plants just “know”, isn’t it?

  28. Even here at the 35th parallel (north latitude), I am noticing the lengthening of the days, so I know that the change is much more dramatic for you. It’s just a month to the equinox!

  29. What beautiful pictures you took. Yes, I am noticing that the days are growing longer too. I just wish there would be a glimmer of warmth along with those lengthening days. Don’t amaryllis seem to be full of surprises? I think because they look a little foreign – not like any other houseplants. You’re lucky to be having two flower stalks. Twice the enjoyment!

  30. How nice to glimmer. Your first shot looks like the gods are planning to write a symphony of snow on their own special sheet music. Incredible!

  31. Oh! What a gigantic difference! In my garden crocus, pansy, snowdrop, Christmas rose and other Spring flowers are blooming and your garden is briliantly glimmering in the snow.Great photographs. I love them all!!Have a good time Wurzerl

  32. I love the photo of the glimmering snow. I am trying to enjoy mine, as well! It does have acertain beauty. We have had a few 30- 40 F degree days, decidely warmer, and even that little rise in temp gives me hope for spring. Thanks for visiting (and commenting on) my blog.

  33. Kate,That first photo is lyrical and beautifully relaxing. Perhaps you would enlarge and frame it?Have a peaceful day.

  34. It has been unusually cold here this winter, but that hasn’t stopped the trees around here from starting to work on buds… spring is just around the corner.

  35. wow! that top photo says it all about winter, and the coming of spring…. shafts of light in the shadows. and those beautiful curves over the snow drifts, with wee sprigs of hope poking through. just wow!!

  36. Lovely photos. It’s so much fun to find a new bud or a flower when one least expects it. It kind of picks up one’s mood, instantaneously. Too bad that can’t be bottled!Aiyana

  37. I love the first photograph it is almost like a painting, I could live with that hanging on my wall. Absolutely beautiful. It was a pleasure to visit you, I will be back.

  38. Fantastic play of light and shadow. Life abounds.Hey, I listen to Feist and Patrick Watson these days too…and I’m partial to the Be Good Tanyas lately too.

  39. Kate,The first photo – the blue and white shadows – looks like an impressionist or spare Japanese watercolor. Seriously, stand up and look at the picture from behind your desk chair, and imagine it zoomed out to be about 18 x 24. You’re an artist with the camera!

  40. Wow, I can’t imagine the weather being cold for that long. Not like that here in East Texas! Great pics.Brenda Kula

  41. Stunning. The first shot is amazing, Kate. Snow is necessary for spring rebirth, and to that end we should rejoice the winter for it makes spring possible. We just all wish winter was a little shorter, of course. Quite a lovely post and photos – thank you for sharing. Debi @ GHT

  42. Hi Kate! I could look at that top picture of the lines of sun on the snow all day — it’s completely stunning. What an awesome view you have out your window!! It’s sights like that where I wish we had snow here. And I love the second photo too — the snow absolutely sparkles! And what a treat about the new Amaryllis bud — it’s amazing how quickly they grow. Moose says woof to Lytton!:)

  43. HI Kate! Nice to see some pictures whith snow.Here in Sweden we dont seams to have any thise year.They say on the radionews that we havent had so warmth winter for 250 years, so our pictures are welcome.Ken

  44. That first photo is outstanding — so abstract! It would be beautiful enlarged and framed.

  45. I immediately thought of musical staffs dancing across the page. What a delightful photo Kate! I’m curious to know whata formed the lines of light.Catching the sparkles is often difficult but you’ve captured them well in the second photo. Can’t you just imagine the tiny snowdrops waiting under the snow to burst forth..murmuring among themselves as to when they’ll finally be set free into the warm spring air? Lucky you to have another bloom on the Amaryllis!

  46. Kate, what an arresting photo is your glimmering snow (the first one, esp). I love those wavy lines of light across the curves of snow.

  47. Kate – Thanks for the visit. I’ll have lots more to say about dandelions, but that’s for another day. Sadly, there’s only one day left for Irish travels. No problem growing Ivy in this area. In fact, my mom is constantly ripping out her neighbor’s wandering English Ivy, which seems bent on invading the cottage garden… Deb

  48. Thanks for stopping by and I can only echo how stunning your images were today. What a sense of captured ice.

  49. Beautiful pictures. We have had a few days above zero too (I am in Alberta) and I am starting to get the Spring Itch. I love seeing Spring emerge from the winter every year…..the smell, the colors. It is a wonderful feeling knowing that Spring in on it’s way.

  50. Lovely photos, Kate … my you have a HUGE following and after visiting, I know why. I shall return.

  51. Your first photo there is mesmerising! Yes, plants do sense the changing daylength,

  52. I love all your photos, but the snow ones are my favorites (maybe because we don’t have it)

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