My thanks to SpiritKeeper on YouTube for the above reading of Winter’s Beauty by William H. Davies.
Gardens Gone Wild has a photo contest for January with the theme of “Winter’s Beauty”. As is usual it’s a theme that offers lots of opportunity for interpretation and selection. The classic picture for me in wintertime is the Ice Cardinal that I posted for the November contest. But since this is for joy and sharing I ruled out any repeat submissions. So we shall go prospecting for “Winter’s Beauty”.
It’s always interesting to see how the world looks after a snowstorm, but sometimes the results after an ice storm are even more striking.
But it may be even better when you get closer up to the plants.
What’s missing from these pictures though is the spot of color that Ice Cardinal had. So another approach is to look at these emerging Winter Aconite fighting back an ice patch.
Another traditional example of Winter Beauty is the Japanese Flowering Quince which is ready to flower at the drop of a hat. Snow is only a minor inconvenience.
But when you stop to think of it “Winter’s Beauty” isn’t just about the snow. It’s all around you if you take time to look. The leftover Northern Sea Oats are still there waiting to be seen against the winter sky.
So just following that lead and ignoring ice, snow, and color, I’m going to go with what is an ongoing Winter’s Beauty highlight for me. Every morning’s trip to the mailbox takes me past a Star Magnolia that increasingly unveils the buds that will in late March open up to beautiful white flowers heralding another spring. The buds have the soft furry texture of cat’s paws and the little gray-white hairs reflect the light dramatically. That’s my “Winter’s Beauty”.