Sunday, December 8, 2013

Winter Wonderland

I see so much beauty in winter. We may not have the colourful flowers of summer but that in no way means that there is no beauty.


When the sun shines through the trees and paints the snow a pleasing shade of gold,that is true beauty.

 No flowers to be found in our winter gardens,but instead,I find them blooming in the frost on my windows. No,the Hummingbirds will not be visiting this flower,but I can enjoy it from the warm comfort of my house.

I realize that I may have a strange sense of beauty.I do hope that you can see at least something of what I see in a picture like this.Condensation forms on my windows and on it's own it is not much to look at,but get really close and suddenly it becomes a beautiful textured print.


Of course there is still some action outside.When I put out the peanuts,it doesn't take long for my friends the Blue Jays to come for a visit. I have added some cedar boughs to the feeder in hopes of making the pictures look a little better.This is taken through the window.

Last,but certainly not of least importance.I have a very small Nativity set and I wanted to share with you all how Kai set it up.At first I was tempted to change it,but the more I look at it the more I think she has it right. All of the people are facing the Baby Jesus in worship.Isn't that what we should be doing? The figures will stay just as she placed them and each time I look at this I am reminded to give my full attention to Jesus.who was born,died and was raised again so I and all who believe can have eternal life.

JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.

34 comments:

George said...

Thank you for sharing your winter beauty with us. I really like the flowers painted by the frost on your window. Kai truly did position the Nativity figurines perfectly.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Love the Nativity, and what a great reminder! The blue jays definitely love the peanuts, don't they?

I'm not particularly fond of winter, but it certainly has undeniable beauty.

TexWisGirl said...

i smiled all the way through this. :)

S. Etole said...

So much beauty here in every way.

Hilary said...

I do indeed see the beauty in that condensation shot, Ruth. That's just the kind of thing that catches my eye, also. Wonderful frosty image too.. all are quite lovely.

Terra said...

I see the beauty in your sparkly snow, ice and condensation photos. That is a good way to display the nativity figures, you are right! Facing Jesus.

Diane said...

I think the frost flowers on your window are my favorite. They're exquisite. I don't blame you - I'd leave the nativity set exactly as it is. Children can teach us so much sometimes. Diane

Montanagirl said...

This post left me smiling too. Your photos are lovely, and the Nativity is very sweet. HE really is the reason for the season.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

The frost "flower" is beautiful! Good for Kai. She understands!

Ginny Hartzler said...

Yes, I do like the way everyone is facing Him! Your frosted flower is amazing, it looks like a huge snowflake. That peanut is almost bigger than the bluebird! Your header is amazing.

Neal said...

Those are beautiful. I got a chuckle out of the blue jay...looks like he bit off more than he can chew. :)

Janice K said...

I think your grand daughter has it just right.

The pictures are beautiful...all the wonder we miss when we don't take time to really look around us.

Sandra said...

she did place them perfectly.. and i do see all the beauty you are seeing in your photos. the ice flower is amazing, like a feather drawing.. and great idea to put the cedar in the feeder, now the birds have a tree of their own..

Cheryl @ TFD said...

She has it exactly right! Love your beautiful photos of winter.

Debby Ray said...

Ruth...these are absolutely gorgeous winter images. It is certainly not necessary to see flowers or beautifully colored leaves to call it beautiful. Winter has it's own whole set of lovelies to display and you have captured them well! Now, please....send ME some snow in NC!

Gail Dixon said...

Your frosty photos should be on notecards or something. Love them!!

One of our bird volunteers at Bluebonnet Swamp duck-taped branches to all the feeders in hopes of getting the birds in a more natural setting. As soon as our rain leaves the area, I plan to do the same!

Gail Dixon said...

Also meant to remark on Kai's nativity placement. That is so special, Ruth. :)

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Beautiful photos Ruth. I think there is much beauty in winter, especially with snow, frost, snowflakes and critters.

Your nativity scene is sweet and Jesus is most certainly the reason for this wonderful season.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

EG CameraGirl said...

I too see the beauty of winter. And wow! You've found some gorgeous photo opportunities!

Unknown said...

Ruth, Lovely images and lovely thoughts!
We are having some winter here. Two weeks of below 0 weather and it's snowing this morning!

Gardens at Waters East said...

Excellent photos of the ice and winter. Very nice. Glad I was able to visit today. JC

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

Hi Kai has got it so right. keep your eyes on Jesus and you cannot fail. love the frozen shots.

happyone said...

Beautiful photos. Love the Blue Jay with the peanut.
The Nativity is pretty and it is nice how Kai set the figures, but actually the wise men weren't there at His birth. Just saying. : )

Muffy's Marks said...

Love your winter photos. Kai has the right idea. Enjoy the season!

Dorothy said...

Yes, Kai has it right! All your pictures are beautiful! Love the pattern of the frost on the window!

Rick said...

You've found the beauty in winter - it's all around us, if we have eyes to see. And sometimes it's the eyes of a child that help us see things correctly.

Debbie said...

Gorgeous snow images but the blue jay with his catch of the day was my favorite!! They sure are characters!!

Anita Johnson said...

I am going to use your cedar bough s idea, my bird feeder does not make for very pretty pictures! Thanks!

Elaine said...

Winter definitely has its own beauty and you've done a good job of capturing it. Kai's set-up with your Nativity set is right on! A child's view of things is often a good reminder for us all. I need to get my Nativity set out--Christmas is really coming up fast this year.

Arti said...

This post reminded me of the quote: Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. What delightful pictures and so much beauty all around us. The Nativity set is so beautifully done up too. First time here (via Ginny), I enjoyed my visit very much. Merry Christmas to you. :)

Willard said...

A beautiful series. The ice crystals make a stunning photo and the condensation makes an unusual and beautiful composition.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Ahhh---love your little Nativity Scene. That is so gorgeous--and we all need to remember that THAT is what Christmas is all about.

Cute photo of the Jay with the peanut in his mouth….

Great set of photos..
Merry Christmas.
Hugs
Betsy

Karin said...

I love the nativity set-up Ruth! That's precious and so true! As it should be. Your captures of beauty are stunning - and I do enjoy the condensation one. It's so dry up here in winter that I don't have that on my windows, but we sure did in Winnipeg!

Shug said...

Beautiful photo of the sun shining through the trees... Sweet, nativity scene...so very sweet...
Have a Blessed Friday...
Shug