3.28.2010

Spring, An Avatar


Winters dream becomes Spring
warmer days arrive
Spring, an avatar
calls my name
in the song of birds
on the current of a warm breeze
as the muskrat swims
across the pond, freshly risen from its den
an avatar of new life
calls my spirit to rise from hibernation
weans me away from winter
stretch and yawn
a languid stroll
earth soft under my feet
breathe
awaken
let my spirit enliven
your spirit
with light and shadows
warmth and color
slowly we will prepare
the feast of summer
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73 comments:

Caroline said...

Oh this is wonderful! Spring is a wonderful avatar...and it feels good to wake up from the winters nap.

Regina said...

Another amazing scenes and words.
Happy spring and Easter.

Kelly said...

The ripples of the water is beautiful and stirring = just like spring. So uplifting!

Jon Storey said...

Love the stone and snow shot, it has to be said that the Muskrat is great too.

franka said...

are you really living in such an amazing enviroment...with beavers(or what is a muskrat?)around?? Ilike the Photo with the snow smelting around the stones...remember this feeling...spring is in the air!

Ann said...

That muskrat looks like a giant rat. Yuk! I don't like rats. In fact my phobia started when I was a young kid, and itt flood every year. The rats and mice would be sitting in rows in my mum's veg garden. I linked the plague with rats. 40 years on, I still am scared of them

veredit said...

The nature awakens and the light returns. Wonderful picture! I wish you Happy Easter!


Isabella

anthonynorth said...

Heartwarming words, and I love the pics.

Ange said...

We too have the animals awakening. And the snow has made way for blossoms! Happy melt to you!!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

How wonderful once again see the animals and flowers Tammie.

SandyCarlson said...

Spring as avatar..all nature is spirit, we are spirit. I love the give and take you capture here in a beautiful image.

And I love the furry dude just doing his thing. These guys swim with such clear purpose and so neatly. They are harmony itself.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful captures.

jay said...

I LOVE the stones in the snow! They speak so eloquently of spring.

anno said...

Spring does prod us to get moving, doesn't it? Sometimes I'm more amenable to that prod, and sometimes I feel like resisting it. Glad you were moving around that day you found the muskrat, though -- great catch! Likewise the warming rocks with the receding snow. Wonderful pictures!

faerwillow said...

~such movement and stirring happening for you...may the warmth come and shed his light upon you...prepare a feast of summer...sound so inviting! may i come too...l♥vely moments as always you have captured...much l♥ve and light and brightest blessings~

Walk in the Woods said...

Ah ~ lovely, spring! How we welcome her "light and shadows, warmth and color!"

Carolyn said...

Can feel the heat eminating from the rocks! Both are beautiful photos and your words so timely.
Blessings and smiles

sandy, from fourwinds said...

Tammie, this certainly puts me in the mood for spring weather!

Delphyne said...

Beautiful, Tammie - the stone in the foreground looks as if it is smiling! xoxo

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Thank you for sharing that gorgeous poem and those wonderful photos. Look at that beautiful little guy in the water...the photos really represent the innocence of nature for me. Theresa

Clytie said...

Beautiful. Your words embody the essence of Spring ... your pictures are perfect.

Mojo said...

So often I want to trade places with the muskrat. Just for a while. Just to know. Thanks for this.

Leo said...

hmm, yes.. spring can be an avatar for sure! :)

George said...

You've done a wonderful job of describing Spring. Your pictures are wonderful, too. I really like the second one.

Kala said...

Lovely words and photos for the new season.

Aayushi Mehta said...

beautiful and positive!! And i totally loved the second photo!

Kayla coo said...

Is that an Otter?
Beautiful photo's and poem.x

Needle Woven Studio said...

That handsome muskrat - reminds me of growing up in Wisconsin - thank you for the Spring gift of your beautiful poem and images.

Joei Rhode Island said...

I just love the early spring when the rocks warm up and melt patterns in the snow. Well done!
Joei
PS...so, you are a "thread spider" too! Send me pix of your handwork. I'd love to see those.

ρομπερτ said...

Building a life, time and again. What a role model. Thank you for sharing such beautiful photography.
And also for the last pieces of snow...years since last I saw some on my own...sigh...a bit (maybe much) homesick, wishing you a wonderful Tuesday.

Robin said...

Love the idea of spring as the avatar for winter. This is really well written. It flows so nicely. Photo is awesome!

Tumblewords: said...

As always, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here. Your words are thoughtful and photography superb. Thanks!

MyMaracas said...

Exquisite images and poetry. The ice crystals in the previous post are amazing too.

Carolyn Ford said...

A great time of year, isn't it? The snow melts day by day and replenishes the creeks and rivers with glorious water. That little muskrat appears to be so busy...beautiful.

lisaschaos said...

Adorable muskrat, can they be adorable? lol I love the snow on the rocks too. :)

Birgitta said...

Very beautiful in every way!

Happy Easter!

bikim said...

WOW! AMAZING!
HAPPY DAY TAMMIE!
ROSA

joshi daniel said...

you always capture the moods of nature so beautifully!

Carina said...

Wonderful spring thoughts, and well written!

Icy BC said...

Gorgeous photo, and the critter is adorable..

Carol Anne Strange said...

Fabulous photos and words, Tammie. Bright wishes as we dance into spring. xx

Short Poems said...

Lovely photos and words for spring :)

Marinela

Paul C said...

Spring, an avatar of new hope and sensitivity. Great image. Also I like the rocks heating up first melting the snow around them.

Frank Baron said...

The muskrat is an amazing animal. It lives comfortably on the edges of two worlds - water and land - finding sustenance and shelter in each, as situations require. It would be a wonderful totem, with strong medicine.

Naturegirl said...

Tammie Lee I for one have become a fan of your poetry...so profound are your words..you are one with your subject..that is for sure!
Happy Easter to you dear lady!

EG Wow said...

Spring, beautiful spring! These are lovely photos of winter's demise.

Barbara said...

Tammie,
You are so very talented. It is always a delight to visit your blog

Smiles

Amity said...

Spring is always a beautiful avatar on earth...:)

It means new hope, new life in God's creations!

Thanks for sharing your wonderful thoughts!

BlueJayEye said...

something zenlike with stones on the snow, reminds me a japanese garden

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Beautiful, Tammie! I've never seen a muskrat before! I love the personification of spring, using the sounds of nature to call you and awaken you from winter's sleep.
Janice.

Poetikat said...

Oh yes! Very good! I like that use of avatar as a rebirth from the hibernation of winter. (My avatar is just easing into it.)

Kat

anywheredreams said...

Awww spring <3 When I came home yesterday it was so good to see some of the snow gone :)

Emily said...

These stones... sunbathing! I really like this shot! Very architectural! Color me inspired!

MedaM said...

I am sorry I haven't been around for a while. I like these photos very much. It is a wonderful way you show that spring is comming. Thanks for these photos and for your beautiful poem. I scrolled down to see what I have missed so far and I was delighted with your photos. I am sorry that I don't have much time to comment each post; at any rate, your photos speak more than my words can.

The Strawberry Mallard said...

What breathtaking photographs!
Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The textures are amazing( and oh how I want that beaver for a neighbor ;o)

smiling in awe, Nancy

joanne May said...

Tammie,
I love this photo of Mr Rat. He looks very happy swimming into Spring...
Roll on the warmer weather, colour and the feast of summer!
Thank you for your lovely warm wishes and comment about Zigsa cat. I think he would enjoy chasing Mr Rat!;D
We did train Ziggy at a very young age, to wear a harness and lead. He is a very layed back cat. >^.^<
Thank you for sharing your special photos and words. It's always a joy to visit you.:)

Love, Jo.x

Titanium said...

Oh, this is Spring- you've captured her very essence, here.

Thank you, Tammie.

ruma2008 said...

Beautiful Nature seems to open before my immediate eyes.
It is splendid photography.


From the Far East.
Best regards.
ruma

Johnny Nutcase said...

Love the muskrat and the wavy water, great shot! ohh and that second one is just too cool looking, awesome!

one more believer said...

makes me hungry for the warmth of spring!!!

rochambeau said...

May the Muskrat bring to you the eternal joys of Springtime!
Happy Easter to you Tammie.
Constance

Wendy said...

Exquisite photography!

Rosa Phoenix said...

"slowly we will prepare the feast of summer" I love it Tammie! what a great shot of the swimming muskrat! glad to see what happens in the springtime in Montana.

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh wow, these two photos are quite similar, aren't they? The -- what IS that? -- critter parting the waters, and the stones parting the snow. Gorgeous!

Tammie Lee said...

Dear Ms. Bella,
Tis a muskrat, a critter that lives in water and travels on land. My neighbor that I enjoy watching, very much.

Loch Rob said...

Well, I am late in responding this week due to a motorcycle trip! I like your photo very much. Spring is, indeed, a time of renewal. As in the avatar, a chance for renewal and rebirth, as in the seasons. Well written.

Gel said...

Look @ the fun that guy is having in the water! I adore the rocks in the snow photo!

Barefoot from Heaven said...

wow these images are beautiful.

And your poems make me sigh every single time.
So true, so deep, so profound.
Love you for sending this into my space Tammie.
Hugs Dagmar

Jeanne Klaver said...

I love that muskrat!

gabrielle said...

Such gentle awakening in your images and words.
How did you ever get the sweet muskrat’s consent? They have always seemed so reluctant and shy.

Jim said...

I love your spring
like your winter
time for winter
to be replaced

Avatar of the season
..

Patti said...

THAT is beautiful- imae and verse- so gentle and flowing just like your little muskrat!!! Happy Spring!

Anonymous said...

Hi Missy T - such beautiful pictures. I feel like I just took a vacation in a nature wonderland. I love the mixture of literal and abstract shots. I could spend all day drawing from your inspiration. Love your eye. Love you too! xoxxoxo D