Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Trees Play Dress Up

"Winter Trees"
by William Carlos Williams
All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.
Yesterday, our wise trees were attired again, even if only briefly.

We woke up to an amazing world. All the trees were covered with this stuff. I'd say it was some sort of snow or ice crystal, but whatever it was, it made for a beautiful day.

Another shot, with more branches. (I won't share the photos I took when Bonnie was tugging "let's go, let's go" on the leash. They are less impressive.)

I took these photos (the photos above & below) at lunch, when Bonnie and I were out walking. As you can see, it was a beautiful day, with blue-skied sunshine, and not too cold. But those trees drew my attention, again and again. And, every now and then, as we walked, those crystals would come blowing down on us - snow that wasn't really snow. It was magical.

I'm not sure which of those two pictures I like better. The first captures the crystal effect better, but I like the tree in the foreground in this second shot (and Jim likes that the footprints in the snow are less visible).

Here's a picture in the woods by Friendship Village. At that park bench, the path goes both to the right and the left, and watching Bonnie made me think of the Robert Frost line "two roads diverged in a wood..."

Thinking of Frost, and the snow crystals falling on us, reminded me of another of his poems, "Dust of Snow."
The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.
Of course, there was nothing to rue about this day. It was a visual feast, a year-end gift.

I even managed to take several fairly decent pictures of Bonnie (she was distracted trying to read all her smell-mail).


  1. Beautiful! I wish we had some of that amazing tree art on this side of the mitten!

  2. Annie, it really was beautiful. Frankly, I was surprised the crystals hung around til noon, but I was pleased. Today, on the other hand, it was foggy and gray...

  3. You got some fabulous shots! I have seen trees like these but never successfully photographed them!

  4. These trees are lovely. We had a bit of a thaw today -- not enough to clear the road in front of our house completely, but we see more pavement and less ice. (But our sugar cookie trees have sugar-snowflakes on them!)

  5. I am totally stealing your pictures because in my excitement I forgot to take some. I also love, love, love those poems.