Saturday, December 28, 2013

christmas break wandering

 a grey birch bends over the woodshed
 it was a year for apples
many still left on the wild trees
 the back meadow
 becoming a woodland
 a few milkweed stalks
here and there

 wild apple
 every winter you must
eat an icicle
 frozen bark
 those apples

can you guess what it tasted like?

21 comments:

Ms. said...

How I LONG for this view...I'm in the City, no snow, but store bought organic apples for some consolation because I can not be with my Massachusetts friends this year. Your photos are a comfort too. What DID it taste like?

Els said...

All the best for a wonderful, creative new year, Velma

Velma Bolyard said...

michelle, cidery, earthy and icy cold.
els, many thanks, and to you as well!

Arija said...

Oh those wild apples chatting to each other with their warm hats on. Love the one with it's snow capped crystal helmet. They make the best apple jelly ever! Glad there are still plenty left for the birds in the hard times ahead.Wishing you peace and happiness for the coming New Year!

maggielynne said...

The milkweed stalk is extraordinary, as is the picture of the red barn! We had snow one morning on Bainbridge Island and it was a holiday treat.

Warmest wishes for you in the new year.... (Lynne, from the Tacoma papermaking class a few years ago)

Velma Bolyard said...

arija, there are SO many of these apples, i've never seen it like this before! i might give some jelly a try!
lynne, YAY! i think i remember you, i certainly remember that wonderful class! thank you for those wishes. my barn is going down, unfortunately. i wish i could afford a rehab.

ronnie said...

apple popsicle! and here's me trying to keep the birds off my ripening fruit (and failing!)

Judy Martin said...

what an ice storm you had.
A strange beauty - like a fairy tale.

Velma Bolyard said...

ronnie, huge abundant apples last fall, happy birds
judy, yes, it's thawing today which is good news for trees

Anonymous said...

What beautiful pictures. An enchanted world. Thank you for this post.

Stephanie said...

What beautiful pictures. An enchanted world. Thank you for this post.

Velma Bolyard said...

stephanie, no, real and cold and slippery!

Valerianna said...

Iced white and red... perfect.

Velma Bolyard said...

valerie, i LOVE red in the winterlandscape

onesmallstitch said...

winter wonderland! just thinking about biting into that apple makes my teeth tingle.

Gloria Freshley Art and Design said...

Gorgeous photographs! Thank you for sharing the beauty. . .

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, my teeth DID tingle! arija has a great idea about making jelly from those frozen apples.
gloria, thank you!

Mo Crow said...

oh imagining the sharpness of that apple! do you gather maple syrup drips from the snow? that is one of the most delicious memories I have ever tasted at my uncle's farm in Quebec a very l-o-o-ng time ago!

Velma Bolyard said...

mc, maple season is still several months off,

Bryan's Japanese Textiles said...

Velma….those icy apple pictures. We looked at them and melted and shrunk and expanded and shivered and shone..some kind of homeopathic magic from those photos. I think I need to drop by your place one year then get the high resolution data and print them out…… beautiful

Velma Bolyard said...

bryan, i love your response to those apples, they may still get harvested for some jelly, arija suggests they will be most delicious.

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