Thursday, December 30, 2010

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

For the Crescent Moon

The silvery glow of a soft crescent moon woke me 
last night, as it laid a kiss upon my cheekbone... 
It traveled across my room's window, 
toying lovingly with me as it 
inched across the framed window, 
little by little, but, low.

O crescent moon, must you travel?
Whither thou goest? Can you not stay? 
May I put you on a string and bob you up and then down?
Or is it a game we must play? 

I track you. I trace you.
You travel (away.) I open my eyes wondering...
are you gone yet? Will you...stay? 

Yet, you tease me. Crescent, to my amazement,
you paste yourself in the inky black night sky
and soft glow 
as a sliver of an orb 
with a twin companion star 
twinkling near you.

I embrace you, this night,
and hold you as if you are Friend.

Fresh with new meaning, 
the words in Moore's wintry poem 
echo through my sleepy head.

"The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,
gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below."

You have given me a kiss of light. 
I delight in you, Crescent Gold. 
You leave me hoping in beauty.
Bathe me in the touch...
of your milky white caresses. 

Banish me to your kingdom, Crescent.
I shall await your return, O Solemn One.
You are ever watchful,
ever faithful, 
Crescent Moon.

And this I sing for you:

"Au clair de la lune
Mon ami Pierrot
Prête-moi ta plume
Pour écrire un mot."

Monday, December 27, 2010

Wintery Scenes

from the High Country!
We are held firmly in the grasp...
of winter. Here are some of winter's best colors to date,
taken Christmas weekend. The quiet solitude and intensity
of color against the darker hold of winter make for
compelling scenery.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

O Tannenbaum

Christmas Tree,
alone but giving spark.
Psychedelic Christmas Tree,
you turn my room into a park...
Psychedelic Christmas Tree-
strange but ever true.
Psychedelic Christmas Tree-
I'm 'in love...' with you.
Merry Christmas!!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Foggy and Christmas Joys

Freezing drizzle kept us home most of the day. A trip to the
supermarket allowed me to 'spy' a fog covered
mountain top across the way (Bottom.)
The joys of the holiday season...a good high school
choir singing carols is just as beneficial for the soul
as a warming by the fire (Top!) A holiday orchestra
with a guest flutist from the local college was
our treat on Monday evening (Middle.) After a full week off
(from high school) the weather permitted
one day of school with the seasonal Christmas
musical 'snuck in' at night!
What a treat...what a joy!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Tree Challenge

Although 'they' look harmless and exude
peace and tranquility,
the above black furry beasts (Top Shot)
challenge me and the tree yearly.
I am attempting to put together this years' tree.
Annually, I have to twisty tie
the bottom three (at least) branches of the lights
and the ornaments on, or OFF they go
(especially the lights.) The 'beasts'
run through the tree taking with them
what they can...
Middle Shot:
I'm hoping to procure for you
a wintry shot of the
many excellent
specimen Christmas trees
on hillside after hillside here.

We cut ours down this year.
This is a shot my husband took (earlier)
off the highway of a large tree farm.
They look even better
(if that is indeed possible) in the winter!
A lovely, quiet 'winter red barn'
resting along the New River.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Things That I




old books
(the older the better)

(little) angels...

shadow and light source, always


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thing of Beauty Revealed

Top: Winter's Trees

Thing of Beauty: A rather large
snow drift (for those who guessed!) :)
that looked like a lovely wave with a curl.

Today we have freezing drizzle
(as was predicted courtesy of Ray's Weather...)
on top of about 15-18 inches of snow. It has formed
a 1/8th inch (thus far) crispy, crunchy layer.
Even the dogs are mystified by the shape of things!
To walk (the dogs) I must use my walking stick
and proceed very carefully.
Once 'punched through' the snow;
I'm safe but the road's slick
surface is downright treacherous.
We have no school for the entire week
at our local high school.
Today, however, the slick ice makes
driving truly not something you want
to do. We were able to drive out
yesterday several times. It was a
sunny day with melted snow here
and there. The local college kids
finished their exams and headed
home (including our son.)


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Snowy Offering

Blanket of powder
pristine and white
falling so gently
in morning light.

they tickle
they rest on my cap
all others are sleeping
a long winter nap.

A lonely deer wanders
the path that I see
I track her footsteps
a comfort to me.

Sprinkle, its coming
snow settles down
all nestled in
our small town.

Friday, December 10, 2010

December Blue Ridge Beauty

My daughter and myself ventured out
onto the Parkway
to procure some long view shots yesterday.
Our usual right turn south on the Parkway was
closed for the season. Last year, we were unable
to get on the long drive on the mountain
tops at all in December. I now know why.
Road conditions to this overlook in the
other direction were poor, with about
4 inches of packed, icy snow but mostly glare ice.
We drove like turtles and didn't stay
long to get these shots, never seeing another
car in either direction on the drive.
Next week, I imagine the Parkway
will be totally closed off to through traffic.
This wonderful mountain top drive
through the Appalachians is
not maintained in the winter.
Top: A large and burly open tree
that one could stand inside of.

Next Two: Long views at present.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Oh oh.

A repeat of the last storm is on the horizon with colder
temps (than 13???) and blizzard conditions (for next week.)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


...ventured out of my warm home.
It is about -20 degrees with the windchill
so I was out for about 8 minutes.
Still, my fingertips were numb and
tingly even dressed in fur lined winter gloves.
Nursing my camera and a bit fearful
it would freeze or something, I kept this walk short.
Apparently (according to a source we love here
in the High Country, 'Ray's Weather,')
it is colder here than in Wisconsin.
Bottom: a shot today of a
'yonder' mountain top that showed just a hint of color.
I like the slightly misty feel that it has.
'The House on the Hill.'
It has been a source of great comfort for me.
The entire front porch is totally lit with
large yellow lights at night. I can see it
just at the top of my bedroom window,
a friendly reminder of neighbors near by.
Can you find it?
stay warm!


Lois Nancy

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