Between Seasons

We seem to be between seasons.  Summer’s bounty has dried up, fields and lawns to sleep and, luckily, we’ve not yet had any harsh weather.

Milkweed pods are exploding, spreading seeds on the wind
Milkweed pods are exploding, spreading seeds on the wind

We have had two very gentle, tentative snow falls with a couple inches of snow that melted within hours.  So the bird feeders have been put out and  we’ve had a few visitors already.

Chickadee enying sunshine and sunflower seeds
Chickadee enying sunshine and sunflower seeds
House finch and chickadee sharing stations at the feeder
House finch and chickadee sharing stations at the feeder

Our snowblower is all ready for what may come, but I can wait for that first real snowstorm to hit.  Perhaps this Longfellow poem places it all in perspective.

Snow-flakes

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Out of the bosom of the Air,
      Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
Over the woodlands brown and bare,
      Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
            Silent, and soft, and slow
            Descends the snow.
Even as our cloudy fancies take
      Suddenly shape in some divine expression,
Even as the troubled heart doth make
      In the white countenance confession,
            The troubled sky reveals
            The grief it feels.
This is the poem of the air,
      Slowly in silent syllables recorded;
This is the secret of despair,
      Long in its cloudy bosom hoarded,
            Now whispered and revealed
            To wood and field.

Poem source:  Snow-flakes

3 responses to “Between Seasons

  1. I posted photo’s of my Christmas Cactus aka Easter Cactus. Her flowers started to open http://wp.me/p28tjX-R7

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