Friday, March 9, 2012


i look frequently
at this shed
but today, today i saw it from the other direction.
i turned my head and saw
stripes i never noticed. 
never in 25 years.
 i noticed that 
yesterday's fierce west wind 
had driven the wet snow
hard against shoots of willow and osier
making tiny snowdrifts
on all the bits
of winter killed 
shoots and stems
 and above was evidence of the weirdly
changing weather
but the landscape held only
mild, hatless weather
and it looked so 
winter weary
but i spotted
green hope
framed by bubbles and ice


Valerianna said...

The first photo is amazing with the greenis willow stalks and the red osier, winter complementaries.

Warm enough to wear only a sweater to go grocery shopping this evening, but when I returned I drove through a white out of snow! Really, next week in the 60's?

Ms. said...

"Noticing" IS the miracle. The Miracle is in the detail. our ability to notice is it's own miracle.

San D said...

Love the green hope!

leFiligree said...

seeing things in a new way is the key to eternal youth. thats what i think.

our first spring plants are similar to yours--some kind of rock cress/mustard?

blandina (aracne) said...

I like the way you 'notice' details, textures and structures, I like that you point out to beauties that most people would not see and understand.

ronnie said...

ahhhh but isn't being open to newness in the familiar the secret to life? to love?

Gardener in the Distance said...

You make everything look beautiful, Velma, whatever the reality.

Fiona Dempster said...

Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary...and that wow moment of noticing! I really love the little snow drifts against the willow and ostier shoots - how brave they are.

ArtPropelled said...

Green hope and red stripes .... beauty in the details.

Velma said...

valerie, winter is still crazy--
ms. so glad i can notice, sometimes all i do is notice
blandina, it's important to notice
ronnie, sharing the secret!!!
faisal, thank you!
fiona, i could hardly believe my eyes when i saw the mini snow drifts!
robyn, red and green on white, all winter colors!

jude said...

the roof is like cloth!

Velma said...

jude, a striped tent!

onesmallstitch said...

there are subtle stripes in the wood boards of the the osier, the red stripes and green hope.

Velma said...

so many stripes. i like weft stripes best. (lazy me, i'd rather make them then plan them in a warp!)

Barry said...

V-love that photo of the red and yellow stalks and snow drifts - well spotted and well shot. B

Velma said...

barry, thanks. they astonished me, in their perfect tininess.

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