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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Could Be



With a little imagination these images could be of some place far away, a desert perhaps, or a lunar landscape, but they are only windswept snow on the roof of our house. I could choose to be bored, I suppose, and some days it is a little lonely here. Yet I am easily amused by the views out my windows, the play of shadow and light late in the afternoon. My days are mostly quiet, and contemplative. I write, I take photos, read and meditate; I connect with family and friends online and by phone. Company is a rare pleasure, going out is mostly just to pt or a doctor's appointment, occasionally something a bit more social. You would think a person would be a bit stir crazy, and some days, I do feel trapped in my own skin. But most often I find something to capture my attention, something that makes my heart smile for the beauty of a moment noticed. And those glimpses of wonder are enough for me. They have to be, at least for now. Who knows, every day I feel a little different than the day before, perhaps once spring arrives I'll have more energy and perhaps not. At least I'll be able to venture out onto the porch once the warmth returns, sit and listen to the birds and squirrels and chipmunks as they sing and scold, worried about a fox or a hawk roaming or soaring near, a bold nature dramedy. And the girls will be home more once school is out. (Teenagers are easily as entertaining as woodland creatures, chatty, silly and dramatic too!)

Today I am content to simply observe the snow and ice, the sky, the trees, and listen to the wind.



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37 comments:

  1. I must say such amount of snow is almost as strange to me as the moon surface. It never snows here... :-) Cool shots.

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  2. beautiful alien landscapes, beautiful you...
    am warmed and soothed by your perspective.
    such peace and love, to you always, k

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  3. I never thought you photographed a snow on the roof until you mentioned! Superb shot.
    Am glad to hear from you that you have a quiet day!

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  4. I think part of the reason I like to visit parks and 'hike' is the solitude.

    I find the textures in these shot to be fascinating. The beauty of abstract is there is no wrong answer.

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  5. Wonderful textures. Great post!

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  6. At first I though it was the skin of some strange creature!
    Glad it is snow;o)
    And yes, beauty is everywhere and every little thing must be seen as a gift;o)

    ***
    Have a happy weekend****

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  7. Laura, I thought before it's a desert :)
    Have a great weekend...

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  8. These are cool (and cold!) shots! I'm glad you explained them, I would not have guessed. Blessings!

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  9. These patterns are nature's way to amuse us, aren't they? You with you snowed on roof, me with the sky playing on the sand. Loveliness. Glad you are feeling peace and contentment in your day.

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  10. Looking to your shots are like poetry for the soul!

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  11. If you didn't know what the subject was in a photo, it could become many things using your imagination. Sometimes it doesn't take much to be content--the simple things often make us the happiest. "Peace and quiet" is a rare and valued commodity--enjoy it when you have it. Mickie :)

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  12. the desert sounds wonderful, and the winds.. am reading the English Patient through again.

    more snow on its way?! :)

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  13. I really like an interesting abstract language. you got beautiful tones.

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  14. The look for art can be complex if art is to be analyzed. Yet, art needs to be accessible. Theorizing about what constitutes 'art' misses the point completely. Art is actually accessible, providing that we know art when we see it. You have captured a beautiful landscape by mere looking above - and seeing the snowy sculpture that its on your roof. It is peaceful work of art that is to be appreciated!

    Perhaps a wheelchair forces us to slow down, to reflect on the wonderful things that surround us. The thought of warmer days where to sit on the porch to listen to the singing and scolding of the animals. Simple pleasures are actually the best...

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  15. It's always been amazing to me how similar snow and sand can look and your shots for the day could certainly be either one. Marvelous captures. Hope you're enjoying a quiet but beautiful weekend!

    Sylvia

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  16. Continuing contentment in between longing... lovely shots!

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  17. I love the abstract quality of your windswept snow! These do look very much like what I imagine a lunar landscape to look like! I hope you have a lovely week :)

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  18. I pray that spring comes soon into your landscape and so everything outside, inside the house and in you experience a new breath, a new smile. Meanwhile those views keep producing the most beautiful words for us to read, and that's so sweet, Laura dear.

    Hugs
    :)

    Dulce

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  19. If you hadn't told me what I was looking at in the photos, I would have never known!


    MANY SHADOW-SEEKERS SAY

    Many shadow-seekers say,
    “Oh, the one that got away!”
    Why are you so uptight, folks?
    Can’t you take light’s little jokes?


    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Shimmering Women

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  20. beautiful photos, mysterious looking and fascinating....

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  21. Sounds like my world, bits of sun and rain today in Iowa...I long for a road trip with the dog...soon, SPRING!!!

    Namaste

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  22. I was thinking desert when I first saw the images. :)

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  23. Hi Laura,

    This is the first time visiting your lovely blog. Your shadow shots are fantastic. I am sorry to learn about your illness, but I so appreciate your positive attitude and how you turn your energy to blessing others.

    I am your newest follower. Thank you so much for stopping by to say hello, and God bless!

    Kathy

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  24. You are a strong and shining person!

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  25. A lovely blog! This is my first visit but you can be sure I'll be back. I really enjoy textural photographs like these of the snow on your roof!

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  26. Wonderful snow shots - does look so alien! Nice to find your blog! Sending warm sun to you from us.

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  27. Sometimes in the rush of life, we can miss so much, such as the simple pleasure of snow on the roof!

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  28. Here's to contentment, however and wherever we find it.

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  29. Thinking of you this day. Then - I do every day :)

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  30. I feel like I am in that desert, on the moon, or walking on the beach. With your willingness to face anything, I feel brave to travel to any of these places!

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  31. My dearest Laura,

    When I say that I can absolutely relate to what you have written here, it isn't only a little bit, it is all of it! In my own special world, you and I would live only blocks away from one another, not states and states and states. And being that close, we could hang out in each other's "living rooms" together(our bedrooms) and chat, read blogs, take pictures, chat some more, rest, snack on good chocolate and keep each other company, sometimes. Like you, I am not necessarily lonely in my alone time. I find ways to fill the moments and the laptop allows me to be social when I want to be. But there are times when it would be nice to just be in the presence of someone else who really understands. And I so terribly want to give you that in-person hug someday:)

    Love the snow pics! Lovely! Jen asked about you when she was here. I will put it in an email tomorrow as I am fading fast, but I just wanted to let you know. She sends her love straight back at ya!

    Much love and gentle hugs,
    Deb

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  32. Very cool! These shots have a sense of movement in a sstrange way. I like the lighting and textures.

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