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Friday, 17 January 2020

Wild things

They stand up to the wind with a strength which is admirable because this time of year only skeletons remain. These remnants of wildflowers which grace the boardwalk in warmer weather, stand tall as the snow accumulates around them.





Buried beneath the fluffy blanket, the seeds for another bloom wait for the earth to warm after the snow melts. Now the stems and a few basket-like tops of St. Anne’s lace are all that remain of last summer’s wild beauty.





Goldenrod is not so pretty now but its stoicism is admirable. Along the shoreline, it survives the worst of the elements as it is battered by the salty spray from the icy water until the harbour freezes. They will welcome the ice when it finally covers the harbour this year. 





It is easy to overlook the brown wild things along the shoreline since the  elements require your full attention much of the time. 





The details of the environment are not usually the focus of attention. However, if you pause and look, you may be inspired by their skyward reach, defying the odds, holding on in a harsh world. Besides, who of us keeps the beauty of our prime?




21 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

Wild things . . . I think you love them. :)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Reminds me of that popular crossword puzzle term -- "sere."

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Beautiful collection of images. Have a happy day and a great weekend ahead!

Elephant's Child said...

Lovely images and thoughts. I admire the elegance of those hardy survivors, but do understand the longing for green...

Ruth Hiebert said...

There is a certain beauty about those brown stems and empty seed heads. I am often drawn to these things. Your pictures are fantastic .

bill burke said...

Words and photographs keep these wild things alive. As they change so does the seasons, they are the survivors.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Tabor said...

The bare beauty of a winter.

William Kendall said...

Wonderful shots, Marie.

DJan said...

Well said. I agree that we don't usually appreciate the brown branches of yesterday's flowers, but you did just a great job with those pictures that I am glad to see them there, looking brave and sturdy. :-)

Joanne Noragon said...

The tenacity of weeds.

Ginnie said...

Sometimes the greatest beauty is in "the details," Marie, so I'm glad you've drawn attention to these. Besides, "weeds" are most often my favorite flowers!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Many years ago it was a self-imposed challenge to identify wildflowers in winter, based on the battered stalks and withered leaves that were left standing, or poking above the snow. With a little dedicated effort one could become quite good at it.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Love these shots Marie. I agree that we should look more carefully and appreciate nature around us in all seasons ✨

HWIT BLOGG said...

Some beautiful pictures! Thoughtful words too...
Love from Titti

Debbie said...

such a beautiful expression of words!! i too have looked at these thin, remnants of beauty in the same way and i am able to find the beauty in them during the winter!! pretty pictures marie, we are expecting snow today!! YaY!!!

photowannabe said...

Oh Marie, how simply gorgeous.
The "weeds" are beautiful. I love your description about them standing tall along the water's edge.
Your photos certainly are keepers.
Sue

Retired Knitter said...

A thoughtful post! Each season has its own beauty.

Rose said...

Oh, I think they are beautiful in their own right....someone the other day posted dried poppy heads and they were so beautiful. I always like to take time and look if I can.

Barbara said...

It is truly amazing that any plants can live through conditions of summer and winter on your coasts.

Catarina said...

The wild things make great pictures!

baili said...

this is poetic :)

i wonder what makes the so tough to survive harshness of weather ,astonishing!

standing within piled snow they look sublime and determined :)

loved the sharing so much