4.08.2009

Morning Stroll


nights dipping temperatures
freeze the skin on ponds
and creeks
geometric ice grows through the night
morning stroll through woods
to see the sights


as daytime warms
each and every moment
transforms
this glory of
hard edged crystals
they soften
then melt

slabs of ice break free
music like chimes dance through forest
and meadow
spring is alive
touching every particle
of water air earth
me


behold
a fresh footprint
of newly awakened bear
bear was here before me
enlivened I glance around
following each paw print
weaving through the trees
right to my home!

wandering through the woods will be a different
journey from now on


For more watery images: Watery Wednesday

54 comments:

  1. Damn! Nice work! You can almost touch the crystals in tour mind when you look at the photos. Thank goodness a great place like that has a loving witness.

    ReplyDelete
  2. What artistic photos! I like them all, but especially the second one. Carry a can of pepper spray? A boat horn? (bear tracks)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Vince,
    That is one spirited comment,you made my morning!

    Cedar, Yes indeed pepper spray season. But I may like your boat horn idea better. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  4. These.are.so.cool! I love them!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Yikes!!! That's something I never think about when I'm on a nature walk until I hear the scary sound of some kind of wild animal that I can't identify! Be careful!! Beautiful photos & beautiful words...at least until the scary bear part:)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Really cool - I like the lighting

    ReplyDelete
  7. Carry some honey! ;-)) Tammie those photos are amazingly beautiful and your words. I can almost imagine the chimes.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Cieldequimper,
    Carry some honey, that is cute.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Such beautiful images and words. Thank you

    ReplyDelete
  10. That was a very special spring snow. A new and slushy clean snow. A happy inbetween snow. I always feel comfortable in your photos. Peace.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Beware of the bear.
    Beauty in nature.
    You have captured it perfect. Both in your words and pictures!

    ReplyDelete
  12. These are beautiful images and words. That's one amazing footprint!

    ReplyDelete
  13. The poor bears :(
    They are so misunderstood.

    If someone has pepper spray, like a gun, one is prepared to use it.

    If one carries an open heart, then one shall apply that to the bears, but not as a repellent, but as an attractant.

    If one broadcasts fear, then another investigates that fear. If one broadcasts acceptance, then the world of Bambi comes to life.

    I loved your poem.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Thank you so much Tammie you know I love your photo's! I gave one of the bear flower cards to Ruth Rae for her birthday at Artfest!
    http://ruthrae.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  15. The golden colour in the top photo brings me to the brink of ecstasy.

    Sorry about my bear rant.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Beautiful ice. I'm under your spell :). What a lovely morning stroll!

    ReplyDelete
  17. I do love your ice pictures hon!!! I do believe that is a bear print - no? Ya get those critters up this way!! Love your poems!! Something I have never tried. You do them so easily!! Beautiful hon!!! Sarah

    ReplyDelete
  18. WOW Those are amazing shots. We used to carry air horns to scare off bears when I was a summer camp counselor. They became immune to the sound by the end of summer.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Your photos are beautiful! The patterns in the ice make cold weather almost a mystical experience.

    ReplyDelete
  20. We had cold weather here, too, but I didn't get any fantastic photos like you did. I just love these pictures of the ice crystals.

    ReplyDelete
  21. That is so beautiful! I love how ice formations are always different. :)

    ReplyDelete
  22. Wow.. amazing forms! beautiful and artistic photos! I love the 2nd one, so fairy. Thanks for visiting me, and have a nice spring time! =)

    ReplyDelete
  23. Again, again, again: these pictures are pure genius. Love how much you are one with your world up there, in the photographs and this exquisite poem.

    I've got at least a few students down here who would probably argue for Sasquatch in the last pic. :-D

    ReplyDelete
  24. Thank you all for enjoying the ice creek images, it means the world to me.

    And Murat eleven, Sasquatch ~ you might be right, I never did see who left that print behind.....

    ReplyDelete
  25. Lovely new icy crystals on water, and love your poem weaving it's magic! and the bear!!! i'll be in your neck of the woods in the next hour and will look out for this hungry furry guy, and you~
    xoabigail

    ReplyDelete
  26. I love the crackly ice. Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Those ice shots are really beautiful. So artistic.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Oh my gosh Tammie, those first to photos really touch my soul. They are beautiful!

    I am sure the bear will keep his/her space, just as you intend to be aware of its space.

    ReplyDelete
  29. It took me a while to figure out that these are patterns resulting from melting ice.

    WOW...This is creative and beautiful series...Thomas

    ReplyDelete
  30. Beautiful! The crystal compositions you find are always amazing, but here, the tension between these gorgeous images and the yearning expressed in your poem for those (brief?) moments of spring (spring is alive/touching every particle/of water air earth/me) make for an especially rich celebration. A lovely pair...

    ReplyDelete
  31. You have made some really beautiful abstact photos with this Great work, Talented :)

    ReplyDelete
  32. Great post, your photos are fantastic and I enjoyed your poetry.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Beautiful pattern on the ice.
    Just like the finest art.
    Wonderful pictures. :)

    I hope that the bear just walked by.....
    Be aware and take care.
    Happy Easter! :)
    Hug's from me in Norway.

    ReplyDelete
  34. You follow the journeys of the seasons, of water, of the bear, of your heart with such honor and awe.

    Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  35. You always inspire me with your glorious images and poetry. I promise you will see spring soon :)

    ReplyDelete
  36. Amazing photos...love the bear paw print in the snow!

    ReplyDelete
  37. i love your pictures and words, as always. the things you focus on-the abstract-shows great attention to detail and the little things in life that you appreciate. it's refreshing.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Lovely images. As for the bear - my Canadian cousin told me to sing as the wild animals would hear me coming and move away. It's when you startle them that they can be dangerous I think. Not that I really know much about it - not much in the way of wolves and bears in the UK :)

    ReplyDelete
  39. Both your pictures and words are poetic. My first visit to your blog - I'll come back to see you again! "My" bears have not ventured onto the property yet - too much snow in my corner of the world. However, I've stopped feeding the birds - don't want to invite bears to my house with a free handout. Are yours Grizzly or Black? Mine are Black.

    ReplyDelete
  40. beautiful photos! The bear print would have freaked me right out!

    ReplyDelete
  41. Oh my goodness..these are amazing...I am thankful that I don't see bear tracks out and about..but it makes for an awesome photo...Michelle

    ReplyDelete
  42. Tammie, wonderful patterns you've captured here! Very creative and the words add to the early morning mood. And the ending photo! Wow! You be careful lady....

    ReplyDelete
  43. Hi Tammie,

    How did you get the gold and blue colour? Don't you wish the crystals will last forever?

    ReplyDelete
  44. So beautiful ... and to have bear medicine wander to you is such a gift. A formidable gift. Enjoy the thaw!

    ReplyDelete
  45. Great photos with an interesting perspective. Great poem too.

    ReplyDelete
  46. Great abstracts :)And loved your lines. Thanks for visiting my blog.
    http://exposemaximum.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  47. Hi Tammie,
    Such beautiful photography...you have a real gift!:)

    Julia xxx

    ReplyDelete
  48. This is wonderful..... I am so happy I followed a fellOW Gardener who follows your blog to your site.

    Happy Spring and can't wait to see what your next blog entry will be!

    ReplyDelete
  49. Your ice pictures are amazing - you must surely have enough now for a book?!

    ReplyDelete
  50. WOW, what a paw print! Love the crystals...sparkly, dreamy :) Thank you for inspiring me every single day! :)

    ReplyDelete
  51. Beautiful verse and stunning photos. Mother nature is such a fine artist!
    Blessing and smiles

    ReplyDelete
  52. Whoah, don't leave the porridge out. Wonderful evidence.

    ReplyDelete
  53. The depth and texture of these images reminds one of the powerful crystals of Atlantis. They are used for powerful soul-level healing. Who is to say that their energy vibrations are not working on unseen levels, even now. You hold them inside yourself and extend the reach of your inner healing power.

    ReplyDelete

Warm greetings to you~

Thank you for visiting and also for sharing your thoughts and feelings. Seeing through your eyes and heart mean so much to me!

Tammie