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Monday, February 28, 2011

Fading Into Beautiful

worn wood, rusted nails
snow white berries, windows cracked
splintered walls fading

I see openings as we drive through the end of February, on our way to nowhere in particular, just a ride along snowy country roads, because I've been cooped up too long.  It is the tiny spaces, the crevices between boards, and panes of glass broken free that seem to call out to me. "Look," these tired structures say, "can you find beauty here?" And I can, I do. The transition from one state of being to another is what I find most alluring these days, a slow fade into beautiful. 
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The girls are home on vacation this week so I won't be writing or visiting blogs as much, but spending time hanging out with them instead. We have no plans, just being together, and that makes me a very happy Mom. Have a beautiful week everyone as March enters bidding goodbye to winter. (But not  quite yet, more ice and wintry-mix here in NH today...spring is slower to arrive in this snowy part of the world;-)
 
gentle steps,
Laura

45 comments:

  1. Spending time with your daughters is much more important, so have a wonderful visit with them.

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  2. oh, be still my heart.
    beautiful.

    and enjoy the week with your babies.

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  3. Beauty is in that moment when everything perfect sheds it's facade and the real inner structure breaks through.
    It is in the erosion that the substance shines.
    For those who can see it.
    Have a delightful week!

    XXOO~~♥
    Anne

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  4. tears over this one... and also joy that you found this loveliness in the fading.

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  5. There is something so alluring about weather-beaten old red barn boards. :) Enjoy your time with your daughters!

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  6. Have a great time in your daughters' company - these are such precious moments!
    I love your photos:)
    Hugs
    Joo
    xxx

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  7. it's slow to arrive in the Midwest too! Have a great time with your girls.

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  8. it's slow to arrive in the Midwest too! Have a great time with your girls.

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  9. I love pictures of old structures -- old wood, rust -- as if they've lived a good and full life.

    Have a wonderful time this week with your girls.

    Love,
    Toni

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  10. Have a wonderful week with your girls!

    The shift of seasons is beginning to reveal itself for us all. May the clear light of spring bring you peace and joy and may your heart take flight into warm blue skies.

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  11. I too seem to find the beauty in the up close weathered wood, the cracks and broken parts, the worn and gray and rusty textured surfaces- beautiful images here.

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  12. Lovely images Laura. I often get Hubbers to take me for a drive. It has been a long winter. Enjoy the company of your girls! I am having my granddaughter for the week of March break. I can't wait!

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  13. "The transition from one state of being to another is what I find most alluring these days, a slow fade into beautiful." Perfect. To embrace transformation in the unique ways she presents herself. Blessings!

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  14. "Fading into beautiful....." What a beautiful thought. I love the photos, love the words........have a great week with your girls.

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  15. the barn is a beauty! New England has had quite a winter, that is like the old ones. Enjoy your vacation with the girls.

    Yesterday i had the doors open again, but today the wind is quite feirce and headed up the coast, North, :)

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  16. I hope you spend some quality time with your daughters. I really enjoyed this post, and the colour combinations are wonderful.

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  17. Absolutely stunning shots, Laura. And beautiful words.

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  18. time-worn and telling wonderful stories, I love these photos. I'm so happy you were able to fly your "coop" and share this beauty with us. I hope you have a beautiful week with your girls :)

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  19. Beautiful for sure! I love old places like this!

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  20. I love your pictures. Enjoy this special time with your girls :)

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  21. i hope you find peace and rest in the love all around you this week. it is everything.

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  22. Gorgeous photographs.

    Have a great time with your daughters. We'll catch up with you later.

    Judy

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  23. Such lovely images, dear one.

    Have a wonderful break with your beautiful girls. There is nothing like spending unhurried time with our girls, is there? It makes me smile to know that you are getting to do so. Have a great week! We will be here when you return:) I wish I could pop over with my girls and just hang out with the three of you. We could have a tea party!

    Love you, friend!
    Deb

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  24. Have fun this week. As for winter...there is no end in sight.

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  25. I hope you have a wonderful time :)

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  26. a lovely metaphor for growing older :)
    have fun with the girls...

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  27. I know you will enjoy every moment of this week with your sweet daughters. Reading that you will have this time with them puts a smile on my face this morning. Bless you sweet friend. ((((Laura)))

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  28. What a beautiful photo! I wish old places like this could be frozen in time. There is no replacing them!

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  29. I love old structures and poetry. You combined both quite well.

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  30. beautiful words Laura, simple few and yet really beautifull and the pictures are so helpful to see where you stand!

    I am glad the girls will be home. Enjoy them and see you
    thanks for all!
    :)
    hugs

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  31. enjoy the time off...and have a bit of fun...loved the words and the pics...i grew up near a few barns like this and we used to play in them...thanks for taking me back there..

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  32. Those are beautiful images! Really gorgeous. Enjoy your time with your girls. See you when you get back, just in time for Spring, hopefully!

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  33. Love this and the beautiful pic. Have fun.

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  34. Aahh...lovely! Indeed there is beauty even in the tiniest of details... it's all up to us to find it there...
    The images you have put up really go perfectly with your beautiful haiku, Laura...

    Much love!!
    xoxox

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  35. how nice...and it's great to see the words "fade to" not followed by "black"...and yes, the images are a view out.

    Peace, hp

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  36. Dear Laura, enjoy your time off with your family.;))
    xoxo

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  37. I always find old buildings beautiful as well :o)

    Have a wonferful week with your girls!

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  38. Laura,

    That first photo reminded me of the barn my grandmother used to have. :)

    Enjoy your time with your girls!

    Jeanne

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  39. hi laura! i have so much catching up to do here! i've been busy and find myself missing your blog! i will be popping in to read in the next few days.
    wishing you sunshine and more trees!
    michelle, thewanderer

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  40. these are wonderful. I love the muted tones. Such depth of feeling.

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  41. Wonderful photos, Laura. Your haiku is a perfect accompaniment. But your description of driving to nowhere in search of something is the real poetry for me. The openings to the beauty in those old structures led you to magic.

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  42. Ahh!! A slow fade into beautiful... I loved the words so vividly picturising the images there...


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  43. I agree, old, worn buildings like that are beautiful!

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  44. ...fading into beautiful.

    The title in and of itself is enough to sit and ponder for a while. The barn is lovely.

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