A sunny smile

It's snowing outside, but the little Winter Jasmine shines forth with a sunny smile!

The crescent moon

"The smile that flickers on a baby's lips when he sleeps - does anyone know where it was born? 
Yes, there is a rumour that a young pale beam of a crescent moon touched the edge of a vanishing autumn cloud, and there the smile was first born in the dream of a dew-washed morning."

Rabindranath Tagore


Lake crossing

Taken from the boat
just as the late afternoon sun was setting and creating golden lights on the lake and the mountains.

'Twas on a frosty morning...



Jack Frost has worked his magic overnight!


Happy Christmas!


The joyful  "Sussex Carol" sung by the King's College Choir, Cambridge



The first snow

The first snow has brought joy to the children and has decorated nature.


Swirls

The curls and whirls of life and how we learn to go with them and enjoy the ride. 
The joy depends on us.

Plant an acorn

I have planted 5 acorns in a huge pot on my balcony and maybe I shall get little shoots coming out of the earth in the spring. I love acorns and the shape of the oak leaf is so beautiful... not to mention the tree itself which emanates a feeling of solidity, expansion and continuity.

How wonderful is green

so delicate and a perfect fresh green illuminated by a ray of sun

charming details on the underside of the leaves

how wonderful is green?



Flowery gift

Snow has been forecsast over the weekend, but these dainty and adorable little flowers still find it warm enough to show their pretty blue faces on my balcony. I just love them.


Filled with joy

"The Present Moment is filled with joy and happiness.
 If you are attentive, you will see it."
Thich Nhat Hanh

Leaf collage

This little ginkgo leaf caught my eye where it had fallen in the branches. The sun was illuminating its golden colour and three smaller leaves appear in translucency - creating  a natural and very beautiful leaf collage!

Bud in waiting

One of the charms of the winter season is noticing the tightly closed buds on all plant life - and learn from their quiet presence and serenity that all shall pass and be born anew.

Flowery December Fairyland

Communication

... being at one with nature

breathing in the beauty of it all.... Ahhhh...




The music...

"The music of the far-away summer flutters around the Autumn
seeking its former nest."

Stray Birds
Rabindranath Tagore

"Why Willows Weep"


Tracy Chevalier is an author whose books I enjoy reading. "Why Willows Weep" is a book of short stories by different authors who have kindly donated their stories. For every copy of the the book sold, The Woodland Trust plants five native trees. I have just ordered my copy of this book. All you nature lovers may want to do the same.
Trees are such beautiful beings.

Here is a link for anyone wishing to learn more: 

December bloom

Still a cheerful face on my balcony !

Sunday walk

Enjoying the cooler days now and the wind has found its winter voice as it blows the leaves and whistles through the trees.
Bare branches create patterns across the blue of the sky and the birch trees stand willowy tall illuminating the scene with their white bark.
The beech tree, having surrendered its leaves, now shows us the open pods from which the beechnuts tumble in profusion
and a tiny daisy smiles up at me as I pass.



Flower dialogue


The summer Snapdragon turns her elegant bloom towards the autumn Heather buds and a feeling of complete understanding and acceptance passes between them.

Early sunset



Two little birds on a tree up high
enjoying the view of the sunset sky!


Slipping softly into December

feathery tendrils playing in the breeze, 
going with the flow as the wind doth blow...