Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Winter Beauty

Winter has arrived in full force.
With this comes lots of snow,and of course shoveling.
Now don't get me wrong,there is also a lot of beauty.

The next two pictures are the seed heads of Tansy.
This bright yellow flower may be gone,but the remaining stems still carry a beauty of their own,especially when topped by a handful of snow.

Last week as I was sitting and having my devotions,
I looked out of the window and this is what I saw.
God had put a layer of snow on the evergreens.
This is taken right from my bedroom window.

I was intrigued by the shadows on the snow.
Somehow they don't look quite as pretty on a picture,
but still worth sharing.
The following three pictures are all taken while standing on my yard and looking at the trees on the south side of the yard.

Every little leaf sported a cap of white.
I thought that this one was especially cute.

I do enjoy trying my hand at winter photography,even if it means that I am in snow up to my ankles or more.

Each day I am trying to find something for which to give thanks.
The snow means that I get my exercise and fresh air all in one ,while clearing the walk and car for the 10th time in one day.
O.K. maybe it wasn't ten times,but only felt like it.

I found the following.Unfortunately I do not know to whom to give credit for this.

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did,what would there be to look forward to.

Be thankful when you don't know something,for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They teach your valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you're tired and weary,because it means you made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,and they can become your blessings.


Ginny Hartzler said...

Tansies! You know, I have heard of these way in times past, but you never hear of them anymore, I never see any advertised or in the garden centers, and If there are any growing around, I wouldn't recognize them! I wonder why that is? Maybe they are not a flower that is sold? The snow pictures are wonderful; your header is so pretty! The red leaf would be my favorite. You even captured an actual individual snowflake on it, you can see it's shape!!

Journeyin' Lady... said...

Especially loved the little red leaf with a stack of snow on it! And I love seeing photos of snow although I avoid being in, or even near, the snow. (Grew up in North Dakota, had enough of it!)
Nice Blog

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Oh Ruth----we should be here to give you inspiration ---yet YOU (the one who is grieving) give us so much love and inspiration... This post just made me feel like you were sitting right here with me, talking to me, and making me feel better. You have so much faith --and I love hearing your thoughts.

Love that poem... INCREDIBLE... AND those pictures of the first snow of winter are just marvelous. You know how much I love snow ---so when I see pictures, I just tingle all over... I hope we get some this winter. BUt--until we do, I will enjoy yours...

Thanks so much for sharing your life with us. You are truly an inspiration to all of us.

Dawning Inspiration said...

Hi Ruth! Great new blog look! Love your snow images - and seeing the snow covered trees with the shadows reminds me of my recent "snow walk" where the light streamed through making things golden... and then the shadows ... Made me think of God and how He walks with us through light and dark times... Loved that Gratitude list. Fits perfect for me today. Thank you. Hugs.

Susan said...

Great new look and beautiful pictures.Only God can paint pictures that perfect...think of you often..

Cicero Sings said...

Snow really is beautiful ... I like the stillness it brings.

That thankful list was a good one ... one to copy and keep.

Cicero Sings said...

P.S. I too like your new blog look.

Diane said...

Your pictures are lovely Ruth. I agree, I love the one of the little red leaf with the snow cap. Thanks for the reading, too, a lot to think about there, I'm going to try to save it. Take care of yourself and stay warm there. Hugs, Diane

jeanlivingsimple said...

Ruth, You really have a great eye for details...like shallows.
Love the poem!
I am sending you a cyberspace hug.:)

Unknown said...

Wonderful photos Ruth!
Capturing Mb at it's best!

Valerie said...

A powerful poem indeed. I may just print that out and put it at my desk as a daily reminder. Like Paul, we should be thankful for the 'thorn' always and especially if it helps us to grow closer to Him.

I too love your snow pictures. They keep calling for snow around here - but it seems to be falling to the south of the city (we are northeast of Buffalo). They are telling us this awful rain will turn to snow around noon today - I hope so - cause I don't think my basement can take much more water - before it backs up!

The flakes in your photos pile up so delicately almost like the burdens we must bear - and the strength of the plants below - a symbol of being strengthen by God to carry the load.

I like the snow on the pine trees too. I remember Betsy (I think it was Betsy) commenting on how the snow on the pines made the pine bows look like hands with fingers. FUnny - every-time I see pines covered in snow - i see the hands with he gloves on!

Arija said...

Yes, no matter what, there is always something to be grateful for.
Sorry I have been away for a couple of days so I had missed your last post. Hope you felt more hopeful with your granddaughter to keep you company.

Hugs and Blessings , , , Arija

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful photos and lovely thoughts. I especially like the lone red leaf with its white cap of snow. Great post!!

Sandra said...

i have not seen tansies in years, and these are really pretty with the snow. lovely shadows and the leaf is fantastic.

Dorothy said...

Beautiful post, Ruth. I love all that snow. Beautiful poem. too. I also like the post before this one very much!

S. Etole said...

So good to hear from you and see your beauty in the moment you are in.

I wonder if tansy and yarrow are the same thing.

Kerri Farley said...

What a fabulous post Ruth! The snow looks beautiful! I find it really hard to take pictures of snow .... it always comes out looking BLUE for me :)

LOVE LOVE LOVE the Leaf with the snowcap :)

And I am very Thankful for you my friend!!

LV said...

A wonderful and inspiring post. I truly enjoyed my visit with you today.

Ruth said...

Lovely photos. I wish we would get some snow here rather than grey and rain. But the shovelling is another matter.

Shelley said...

I relished your winter beauty photos today! Especially those trees! Also enjoyed your post about being thankful...I believe when we are thankful, we become even more happier.
God bless you!

George said...

First of all thank you for the quote you shared. You've given us a great deal of wisdom.
I really like your snow pictures. You are a wonderful winter photographer, even if it does mean you're out in that weather. I especially like your shadows on the snow.

Rick said...

Beautiful shots Ruth. Fresh snow on the trees, and the shadows on the snow - a few of the things I miss about winter - although the warmth in Florida is a nice change.

Thank you for sharing your photography and words.

Andrea said...

Hi Ruth, those scenes are really beautiful, i especially love the green Christmas-tree-like photo. Do you know that there are Christmas trees here for sale which mimics the winter scene! They are beautiful but i dont like fake scenes, i want them real. However, i seem to pity those plants which must stay alive despite the stressful environment.

Andrea said...

P.S. Dear Ruth, we should all be happy your Jake is already fully in peace in God's loving kindness, no more pain, no more hurt, all love and peace. We just go there one at a time, it is a normal process. You are OKAY!!! Our love and positive thoughts are all with you and enveloping you too, so is God's. thank you Ruth.

Elaine said...

I love your snow scenes, especially the shot in your new header. I like the shadows on the snow too, and they are very hard to capture the real beauty you see with your eyes. The poem is lovely. No matter our troubles there are always things to be thankful for. Sometimes we have to look a bit harder, but they are always there.

Jayne said...

(((Ruth))) I can't imagine how on earth I missed Jake's passing, but wanted to send you warm hugs and let you know that I am thinking of you and hoping that the Lord surrounds you with his peace and warmth as you find your way without his presence. Much love to you today.

Karin said...

Absolutely snow beautiful! Love your header. The photos of the light and shadows remind me of our lives. I'll copy the poem and share it with others; it is very meaningful and challenges us to be grateful in everything. The red leaf photo is simply stunning! Thanks for your inspirational post. Keeping you in thought and prayer!

Unknown said...

I am thankful every day for you and your blog, and your photos. These are gorgeous! I particularly love the last one... the leeetle red leaf with a leeeetle white snow cap. How cute!

Monica H said...

The snow is just beautiful. I love that you made it into your winter header.

That last photo is really something. It makes me hopeful.

Leah said...

Great picture's Ruth! Before you even said it, I thought in my mind, I like the shadows on the snow by the evergreens. It gives it a peaceful look some how. Like God is watching. And it's so good to know he is.

Carole Barkett said...

Those were beautiful photos and such a good reminder, being thankful sure changes a person's perspective and I love your new profile photo too

Wendy said...

Oooo your second picture with the trees and the white sky is so beautiful! I also really like the little red leaf with it's white cap, so cute.

I'm glad you posted that poem, I never read it before and I'm glad I did today :)

lioneagle said...

Hi Ruth -

Thank you for these splendid shots.
I love the one with the snow on the lone leaf.

I was just thinking yesterday - after taking so many photos of the fall season foliage colors - that I cannot get many interesting snow shots because there is one color for snow - white. But then I viewed your snow shots and was pleased at how varied and beautiful they are.

We have not had our first snow here in D.C. yet. I look forward to it. You may be inclined to view some of my photos at www.photosplendorplus.blogspot.com

Thank you, Ruth, for your consideration.

Neal said...

Very beautiful...those are definitely worth sharing. I don't like winter but I do think the snow is beautiful.

Pat said...

You take such beautiful photos, Ruth...I enjoyed them all, especially the shadow shots of the trees' shadows on the snow. You should post them on Harriet's "Shadow Shot Sunday." Here's the link:


I loved the list of things to be thankful for. This week's Bible verse in my Good News Club is Romans 8:28, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose." So we can thank and praise him that he works all things, both good and bad, for our good, if we are His children.

(((Hugs))) Pat

D said...

Ruth beautiful photos and I too love the snow-capped leaf.

It is all a matter of how each looks at the journey. We give thanks each day for whatever that day will bring. God knows best.

Sherry said...

What beautiful scenery! Your photography is wonderful and I love the poem.

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

lioneagle said...

Greetings Ruth -

How are you? Please know that many care...

Thank you for visiting my photo blogs and commenting. I am glad that you enjoyed the views.

I posted on my blog today a topic that may be of interest to you. It is titled, "GOD SPEAKS TO SPIRITUALLY WOUNDED SOLDIERS."

lioneagle said...

Hi -

It's me again. I forgot to mention that my spiritual blog is LIONS SHARE MAJESTY at www.lioneaglesoar.blogspot.com.

That blog has the topic that I mentioned in my earlier comment here today.

Becky said...

Snow does have it's beauty for sure. Your pictures are awesome Ruth! We're knee deep in it too! More coming tonight.

Mary said...

I love seeing snow on the evergreens....so pretty and the shadow shots on the snow are lovely, too. I like that about Be Thankful. So true.

chasity said...

beautiful photos ruth....
especially the lovely red leaf cloaked in snow.

you are such an inspiration~
it is so good to look for the good and the blessings that are in every day.