Winters last bite

Winter park

Winter park

Winter swirled back with a desperate last bite, and flung snow and ice with unending fury. We are smothered again in her white cloak, colour and life bleached from sight. Most peopled groaned and sighed “not again”, but all I could see was sparkling new beauty, and amazing shadows. This wasn’t a repeat, an old rerun of an often watched show, this was brand new footage.

Daffodils in Snow

Daffodils in Snow

Look a little closer and you can see the daffodils, thrusting their green and yellow spears up through the snow. They are making their first appearance of the year on a stage of snow.

Snow trail

Snow trail

Let yourself follow this fresh trail of prints, crushed into the snow, and showing for one day only. They’ll never be seen again, and will soon have been obliterated or melted. We can let the world show us new paths each day, or we can sigh and assume we’ve seen it all before. We can let our mind be filled with assumptions that the snow is a cold, messy inconvenience….or we can open our mind and let the real experience flood in. For a while at least, it paints the familiar landscape with the sparkling magic of ‘now’.

 Crab apple blossom in snow

Crab apple blossom in snow

These fragile crab apple blossoms are positively glowing in the new snow, and are yet another reminder that time hasn’t slipped back. Things are still moving forwards towards spring and colour. I think we often let the feeling of something being repeated feel like a negative move backwards, but reality is always growing forwards into something new, backwards is just a trick our mind plays on us. Don’t let yourself be fooled. And if you don’t believe me let the new blossom tell you about the growing strength of the sun.

Red buds in snow

Red buds in snow

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About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home with my husband, my son and a collection of cats and dogs. I am forever snapping shots of things which catch my eye. I love art which is here now and gone tomorrow...like food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist, and run the Maggies Highlands Cancer Centre, in Inverness, Scotland.
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42 Responses to Winters last bite

  1. Kaval says:

    red flowers and snow…wow!

  2. frizztext says:

    yes, waiting for spring and warm sunshine …

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  4. wisejourney says:

    Always such beautiful shots and words to match too. Thank you

  5. gorgeous pictures…and the words resonate for me, too. šŸ™‚ been thinking about the same things. thank you for pointing out that repetition isn’t a backwards move – it’s easy to forget sometimes. šŸ™‚ (although i have to admit i’m keeping my fingers crossed there won’t be more snow, because i don’t want to have to get it off my car AGAIN. šŸ˜› )

  6. icelandpenny says:

    This is magic! Last night’s TV news showed us dramatic (as dramatic as possible) footage of inconvenience and dissaray because of this storm cutting across so much of Europe, but of course ignored the beauty. I particularly love your appreciation of the juxtapositions, impatient spring and stubborn winter in perhaps their final dance

  7. mariayarri says:

    Lovely photos, and i really like your texts … Here in the part of Sweden where i live, we still have winter .. // Maria

    • Thank you Maria…it’s always great to hear someone enjoys the writing as well as the photos šŸ™‚ I think we are moving into Spring here, but perhaps you are further North than we are in Scotland? Our days are lengthening noticeably now

  8. janineyork says:

    What a refreshing reminder. I am so ready for spring that I was angry at the snow. I had to cover my blooming hyacinths and other fragile spring plants. But you are right, it is a beauty that is the only one of its kind. Those particular flakes will never blanket the same again. Thank you for the reset, I needed it. Great photos!

    • Your welcome Janine….it’s so easy to get swept out of the present and into a list of things to do filled with resentment šŸ™‚ I do it all the time, but snow always works its magic on me!

  9. Pat says:

    I really enjoyed looking at these photos of your (hopefully) last snow. Your narrative added to my joy also.

  10. Wonderful images–really delicious colors! Excellent processing.

  11. Amy says:

    Beautiful last bite! I love crab apple blossoms šŸ™‚

  12. ladyfi says:

    Such beautiful snow shots! Late winter snow is so uplifting and lovely, especially if you already have flowers in bloom.

  13. dorysworld says:

    Beautiful … I love the crab apple blossom and the tracks šŸ™‚

    • Thanks Dory….the cheerful red caught my eye. I know that any day now colour is going to come bursting forth, but for now these wee splashes are so cheering šŸ™‚ The snow tracks were left by Molly the youngest dog….I left the others at home because three dogs stirs up the snow too much for peaceful shots šŸ™‚

  14. westerner54 says:

    Beautiful photographs with equally beautiful prose…thanks.

  15. mmtread says:

    Lovely. I was living in Gotemba, Japan, and I woke up one early spring morning to a surprising couple of inches of snow. The orchards and daffodils were already in bloom and I knew the snow wouldn’t last more than a couple of hours, so I grabbed by camera and went out and got shots pretty similar to some of these. A very special circumstance. Thanks for sharing.

    • Wow Japan in the early Spring sounds magical….a photographers dream šŸ™‚ its great to get out early after snow fall, before it gets too many footprints. These were taken in my local park before the kids had all tramped through to school šŸ™‚

  16. Nice … I especially like the mood provided by the lighting in the first image. Do you mind my asking what you use to process your images? I ask because the images of the crab apple had the background nicely desaturated – and I am wondering you selected it so cleanly from the remainder of the image. D

    • Thanks, I was really happy with the way that first shot turned out….the sun was low, and bright and golden…giving great atmosphere.
      I used my favourite app called Snapseed to adjust colour saturation and texture. It’s one of my favourite processing apps.
      The shots of the crab apple blossom were edited using an app called Coloursplash. I’ve only been using this for about a month but I love it….way easier than drawing masks in photoshop šŸ™‚
      I process my photos on an iPad so that I can use these great apps, and still have a big enough screen to see what I’m doing! I’m a total covert now…they are so cheap. ……Snapseed was free….and so quick and easy to use.

      • Wow … and iPad app … I’m impressed. I’ve been using a piece of open access software called GIMP … trying to get used to Adobe Light Room but the learning curve is steep and I don’t have lots of time to ‘play.’ Thanks for the info. D

      • Yeah, I know Lightroom, but I don’t find it very easy to use or quick! I downloaded Snapseed, back in October last year, after reading that several professional photographers used it, because of its speed and ease. I wouldn’t be without it now šŸ™‚

  17. elizz says:

    beautiful photos..the red flowers are so pretty šŸ™‚

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