Tuesday, November 18, 2014


all around the north country
clouds, snow, wind
 it started out cold and strangely golden 
early just after dawn
and the clouds were strange colors.
 i spotted two ends of a snowbow
 as i drove down the amish road.
 all day we heard stories of 
blizzard-like conditions nearby
(lake ontario)
and on the other big lake
(lake erie)
 so i drove home with courage and a high glorious joy
hoping to avoid whiteouts,
relieved to be going home to warm up the house
for whatever weather arrives.
and on the road
a pair of snow buntings
 they are back
  having traveled south for the winter.
i soon saw a flock
gathered on the gravel shoulders.

 there were some prints last night
i used up the last of the late fall harvests
before the snow came.
 and here, 
back home,
there's a snow dance
a crazy little spiral in our four inches or so.


Gwen Diehn said...

What a stupendously gorgeous place you live in!

Velma Bolyard said...

gwen, it is so amazing here, harsh, too, but wonderful

jude said...

snow already! just blustery here. using the last of fall in the dye-poet here as well. going to shut down the studio early in these colder days to save wood.

Velma Bolyard said...

jude, i knew you were a dye-poet!

Arija said...

Oh, that does look like wild weather coming up.
Stay warm.

therese said...

those skies, velma....is it just me or has it seemed as though the skies all over are sending us some really strong messages these last years ? maybe i am just looking up there more now than i used to. they just seem even more full of drama and "information" of a grand sort. i wanna be a sky-reader.

Debbie said...

Beautiful photos, love the leaf prints

mansuetude said...

Love the wild little spiral print.
Wishing new life iinto your school world too.

Velma Bolyard said...

arija, it was and still is, but it's not very cold, i the twenties still.
therese, you are, and yu practice, too. my kids are always telling me to look at the sky, and then they grin, apparently i've been instructing them to do that forEVer!
debbie, thanks, the leaves are gone now, pretty much
m, yeah, that was fortuitous! and thanks, things are currently changing a bit, lightening up.

Anonymous said...

watching the weather news/pictures near you the pictures are shocking. Hope the snow has missed you. Keep warm and drive carefully - if you have to.

Wyn Vogel said...

Safe winter wishes for you Velma!! The World is a bit crazy we are already experiencing 40 degree heat here down under - so here's to you being able to suck some of that warmth north to keep you going!! Cheers!!

neki desu said...

we're having an indian summer right now
sending over some of its warmth to both of you dye poets :)

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, the big snows are down the road a piece, and near buffalo (where i grew up). on the ends of the great lakes. i'm north of there, have about 6 inches now.
wyn, i could send you some snow--
neki, indian summer is such a lovely thing, we had one day last week of 67 degree weather.

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