1.11.2011

Winter's Joy



 rambling in the woods
crusty snow beneath my boots
cacophonous alarm
to sylvan dwellers near and far
dropping to my knees
treasuring what I spy 
winter crystals

a delightful
sight
~



a few days ago
following tracks in the woods
I stirred up a mammal that I have never seen

we think it is a mink or fisher
larger than a house cat:

~

67 comments:

  1. "What a delight to see," that's right! They are amazing and so are your captures and words! Beautiful, Tammie!

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  2. Oh I want to go on a ramble with you! These are just yummy!
    I believe a walk with my boys is in order today!

    Smiles

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  3. We have icy/snowy = slushy conditions here in the Carolinas...I need to get out with my camera!!

    The word verification below: dostay....do stay indeed!!

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  4. Such a beautiful change from dreary rainy city life. Another kind of inspiration. I'm sure I'll hear something howl in my dreams if I fall asleep thinking of these images and words.

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  5. Your ice crystals melt my heart! I am soon going out to ramble, too - very cold here. It has been minus for several days when we awake but has now "warmed" to 2 degrees!

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  6. Beautiful ice Chrystals and I don't think that is a mink or a ferret, but certainly a close relative. Not far from where I live there used to be a lot of mink farms and many now run loose, either from escaping or being let loose by the animal rights activists and this ones legs are a little long and just doesn't look exactly like a mink, though I certainly could be wrong.

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  7. It is ALWAYS such a treat to visit you. So happy to have found your blog :) I think you're right...it may be a fisher cat.

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  8. Exquisite--that is what I feel when I see your closeup photos. They are so fragile--so magical. A wonder to my eyes.

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  9. Polecat?
    Thanks for the flower names.
    I love your take on ice. A few posts back as well. So delicate and intricate.

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  10. Absolutely Spectacular Photos...I'd so love to take a walk with you! :)

    Your poetry is outstanding always!

    Blessings and Love...
    xoxo

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  11. so beautiful ... I always see the world a bit more tenderly after visiting here.

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  12. Neat crystals. And you photograph them so well.

    Could the animal be a marten?

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  13. Oh my, Tammie... this is really oustanding!
    smiles dear!

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  14. Tammie!!!..such gorgeous wintery crystal-scapes..unbelievably beautiful and always inspiring!! Thanks for sharing this magical window of winter!! wonderfully alive post!!
    ~Victoria~

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  15. each crystal so perfectly formed...a delight indeed!

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  16. Your macros of the frost are absolutely amazing. The detail is incredible.

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  17. Wow.. amazing shots. And very cool critter.

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  18. It is such a gift to visit this wonderful post! Such a wonderland, as different from my home as another planet. You are a great ambassador, T



    Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral

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  19. Tammie, these are stunning ... you have so much captured the feeling of the ice crystals and the winter crispness!
    Very best wishes,
    Barbara

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  20. Looks very much like a fisher to me... minks have a slinkier, more streamlined look about them. Either way, not your every day sighting!

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  21. Oh yes - so much joy here! I never see animals like that where I live!! Cool!!!!

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  22. How did you capture such beautiful snow crystal? :D :D Are you using micro lens? And you can even see the layering of each very clearly!

    And the mysterious animal looks more like a fisher.. mink has a thinner and smaller tail... :)

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  23. That is what I love, real winter !!!

    Hartmut

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  24. A delightful sight indeed. I don't know what your mammal is, but I hope s/he has somewhere warm to sleep!
    Janice. x

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  25. Tammie! Magical images! WOW I don't know how I'd react in seeing this animal! Pleased for sure..where's my camera!Greetings from sunny Arizona!

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  26. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!! You with the magic and beautiful eyes! I LOVE YOUR SNOWFLAKES!!! Always have.

    Tammie, you got that right with your comment on my blog! Small is very difficult. Just read Amalia's latest post. I actually like very small, very tiny things and I just want to make this clear, I do not blog with anyone whose work I consider trashy.

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  27. Ah Tammie, this is a special post! Your ice photo's are amazing. I love how you capture so much detail in your shots. The snowflakes look like glass crystals, they are such beautiful formations.
    The fluffy dark creature looks like a small wild cat to me. What a wonderful moment to capture it hunting in the snow!

    Thank you for your lovely comments.
    I have been meaning to reply to you for ages about the Bengal cat, but I have not been feeling to great lately.
    Bengals are lovely but they can be a bit antisocial and wild with other cats, they need quite a bit of time to get used to their new cat family.

    Have a fantastic 2011 with plenty of inspiration!
    Keep warm this winter.
    Love,
    Jo. xx

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  28. Hi Tammie,
    It looks like an otter.
    Your frost photo's are beautiful.x

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  29. Hi Tammy. The second photo is like a scepter of frost, waiting to be picked up by the monarch of winter.

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  30. What a wonderful image, Tammie! The beauty of crystals, and the animal in the solitude of the forest ...

    A big hug and thank you for your nice comment and for the beauty in the way you look.

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  31. Those are just amazing! You inspire me to get outside and add to my winter photos!

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  32. Beautiful photos. That looks like a fisher cat. We have them around here.

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  33. When all that you see becomes rare and precious, you yourself become one of a kind that is kindred to All.

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  34. Beautiful details of those ice crystals!

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  35. Beautiful winter shots. Second shot is too good.

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  36. Those crystallization are the symbols of the originality in winter.
    The severe beauty...

    Thank you for visiting my blog.

    Saga, Japan.
    ruma

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  37. those chrystals are heavenly!
    & love ALL your sights!
    powerFULL.

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  38. What amazing crystals. Your winter shots are glorious!

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  39. Beautiful details of those ice crystals! The photos are BEAUTIFUL!

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  40. Exciting!!! Following tracks to spy this gorgeous mammal! ...also, the snowflakes are stunning. I've never seen one that close. You did a fabulous job capturing those images.

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  41. I always enjoy your snowy images, Tammie. The last time I saw snow was more than 10 years ago, and I'm so glad I can still experience the imagination through your photography.

    I hope your fire is blazing and your blankets warm. (^_^) oxx

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  42. Utterly delightful. Thanks for this.

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  43. Hello Tammie..

    for me they are like lace ... winter is a great designer .... or maybe a great jeweler.. ice jewelry ...
    and you, you're a great artist ... thank you for these wonderful beauties
    have a nice weekend..:o)

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  44. Hi Tammie!
    Great winter pictures ! The ice sculptures are really fantastic and you have catched them in a beautiful sence !
    Best wishes,

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  45. Oh, you are so fortunate to have such beauty in such a simple element as water. Here in Queensland, Australia water is a far different 'keetle of fish'- amazing how the same substance can present so differently.

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  46. The second photo left me breathless..Gorgeous, and amazing!

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  47. Utterly gorgeous, Tammie. Thank you.

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  48. Waaaoow! Almost otherworldly. The crystals are amazing to study.

    Oooh, your yellow flower below is a treasure!

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  49. Mother Nature shows us miracles as a reflection of our inner being. To appreciate all we experience with the physical senses is to remember to love and accept ourselves unconditionally.

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  50. It's always such a joy visit your wonderful world ... breathtaking views in winterwonderland my dear!!

    have a nice Sunday, warm hugs

    isabella

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  51. Ah, yes, a delight to see! "Seeing" is what you do best.

    I don't know your animal. We don't have much open water around here so none of the potential species live here. He does look built for the water!

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  52. Beautiful shots and I am going with fisher! Frankly I have never seen one but just looked on Google images and yep, I vote fisher. :)

    Hope you are having a beautiful weekend!

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  53. Time stands still. Nature is natural, speechless, beyond words.

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  54. The snow brings into high contrast otherwise invisible beings. The snow crystals, the wildlife, the breath of life in your work....

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  55. Of all your photos, I think the ice crystals are my favorite.

    Have you heard of this work? Very interesting:

    http://www.whatthebleep.com/crystals/

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  56. ooooh this makes my heart melts a little..as cold as it is.

    love you

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  57. Love the way you captured the frost..

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  58. Tammie, I like those collars Snow
    look like stars on Earth
    and I imagine you cracking up the levels
    kisses

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  59. Happy new year, a new year with a good heart and a good soul! :)

    What absolutely gorgeous photos you have here, both this post and the previous posts! A mink! =)
    Lovely flowers, and those mountains- wow!! =) The snow crystals are incredible!! :)

    Best wishes from Viola! :)

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  60. Last time I was here I could not get any pictures. Great to be able to see your brow furry friend. Always a thrill to be confronted with a creature one does not instantly recognise.

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  61. excellent details and wish you a happy new year :)

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  62. Oh Tammie, I become speechless before your incredible work. I wish you could hear me gasp at both your poetry and photographs. Their beauty breaks my heart. When one is so moved . . . it almost hurts. In a very good way, however. Then when I can get my breath back I fill up with joy. Thank you for making the world a more meaningful and astounding place. Your photos of hoarfrost . . . ouch!! Gorgeous!! Unbelievable landscapes. The light!! You are brilliant and so precious.

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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