What I see

… when I am sitting outside in my favourite chair, bundled up in a down blanket. The weather has warmed up … still way below 0 celsius, but a wonderful break nonetheless.

 Have you ever noticed a tree standing naked against the sky,
How beautiful it is? 
All its branches are outlined, and in its nakedness
There is a poem, there is a song.
Every leaf is gone and it is waiting for the spring. 
When the spring comes, it again fills the tree with
The music of many leaves,
Which in due season fall and are blown away. 

And this is the way of life.


47 thoughts on “What I see

  1. So glad to hear from you, Kate. I can just picture you, wrapped in your soft blanket, gazing out at the garden. Hope you are having a lovely Christmas season. XXXX

  2. Goodmorning Kate. Good to hear that you haven’t frozen this winter. Beautiful sky. Beautiful tree.

  3. It has been quiet from your end of the world. I hope your Christmas was bright!
    Naked trees are beautiful … but somehow hard to capture on film! At least I find them so.

  4. Hi Kate…nice to see you back in blog-land. We are buried under about 18 inches of snow here in Idaho and it is still coming down.
    Your bare tree is beautiful! Nice capture.

  5. There aren’t many people I can picture going outside and sitting in a chair with their down blanket in that cold, but YOU are one of them. And you give me ideas for more ways to enjoy life. 🙂 I hope you had a nice holiday, Kate.

  6. Both the photo and the poem are lovely. Glad to see you back on your blog. I’ve been hoping you were well. 🙂
    Happy New Year!

  7. Kate .. how simple life would become if we could just accept our lives like the trees accept theirs ? LOL
    Actually that is a beautiful poem that rings very true.
    You would not believe the heat wave we have had here in the last few days .. it isn’t natural !! : )

  8. Kate, What a wonderful treat to be able to snuggle in a warm blanket and gaze outdoors at Winter. Your photo shows a lovely blue sky (often indicating very cold temps!). May you enjoy the rest of the Winter as you anticipate Spring’s arrival. 🙂

  9. What a beautiful view from your favourite chair. I imagine the blue sky and sunshine must be very welcome indeed!

  10. I love these kind of winter days. All bundled up warm and in the sunshine. They’re good to be alive days.
    Happy New Year Kate!

  11. Since most of our trees have leaves year round, I don’t get to see them naked very often, but when I go to Denver in winter, I am struck by the beauty of the bare tree shapes. I took several photos of tree silhouettes when I was there this month.
    Hope you have a wonderful New Year! I’ve missed your posts.

  12. Kate, so happy to see you back! Lovely image and words – they invoke Maine in winter too. It’s now been a year since we “met.” Happy New Year!

  13. I love the branches of the sycamores against the sky when I am floating in my canoe down the river, and your posted poem evokes that feeling beautifully.
    Have a wonderful new year, Kate.
    Incidentally, I received a large portion of white faced hornet’s nest from my sister for Christmas. It motivated me to start playing with paper, and a couple of the resulting cards are featured on my blog. I wish you would go visit and look at them. I have been thinking of you a lot since I got that source of paper, because I know you love to collage. This insect created paper is subtle and beautiful, and if you would like some I would be delighted to share some with you, or any other person who comes to visit my blog and loves the paper and leaves me a comment.

  14. Many. many years ago my mum and I attended a Krishnamurti weekend. in the UK.
    When he spoke everything made absolute sense but when we left we could remember nothing that he’d said. He’s was a great thinker and probably best read off the page.
    Happy New Year, Kate. Glad to find that you are still bogging.

  15. Happy New Year dear Kate. I agree, there is pure art in the bare branches of trees against the winter sky, it inspires us. I hope you will have the best year ever in 2009!

  16. Very Happy New Year Kate for 2009 – lovely photo and love the little poem too – a fitting start to the New Year…. take care Miranda

  17. beautiful photo Kate and yes, “this is the way of life.” I’m so pleased to see how much you’re enjoying your photography. I look forward to seeing more of your other creative pursuits in 2009!
    Keep warm.

  18. Kate,
    Just dropped by to wish you and yours a Very Happy New Year and all the best in 2009!
    Jon at Mississippi Garden

  19. Kate, I love looking up at a blue sky like that, through the trees. I don’t know what it is exactly, but I love doing it!

  20. Beautiful picture, beautiful poem. From what I can remember from 6th grade science, well below 0 celsius means well below freezing. Get back in the house before you catch a cold.

  21. We finally had a hard freeze coupled to a heavy frost – and this morning everything looked so different. We had several light freezes and frosts already – but this was one where everything looked frozen in time – oddly, I live in the south, but love winter and the way winter looks.
    Oh – your anemone in the previous post is just beautiful. What a treat!
    I do hope you had a nice holiday season – and that the winter is treating you well.

  22. Ha! I should have known you’d love Krishnamurti, Kate! What a beautiful soul. Do you know Eknath Easwaran’s writings, too? He had one of the most luminous faces I’ve ever seen, a gentle face and a gentle soul. A joyous new year to you!!!!

  23. Kate,
    Just checking back in to see what’s the latest on your blog. I notice that you have not posted recently so I do hope all is well with you. Here’s hoping you are still on a nice vacation cruise to Barbados or somewhere warm and relaxing.
    Take care,
    Jon at Mississippi Garden

  24. Hi Kate! Haven’t seen you around in a while, and I haven’t checked in, either. So I wanted to say “hello”. Love the photo and poem – both! Miss you,

  25. Kate ~ This was the perfect combination! Wishing you a very belated Happy New Year and joyous season of gardening to follow. (And “hello” from Lucy to Lytton!)

  26. Kate – I know you’re tiring of winter, but if you could send just a bit down my way I’d be most grateful.
    Billy G in Santa Barbara (where the palm trees bore me)

  27. I hate to say the poem gave me thoughts of golf courses. It came to me that a golf course would be a great place to find a tree silhouetted against the sky.

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