Sunday, January 21, 2007

The Hand of an Artist

January is a beautiful midwinter month here in the north. The air is crisp and clear. The sun is higher in the sky and stays longer each day. It is still a harsh time for the birds and animals, but the artists of nature display their signature works in ever changing displays.

Sun casts the long shadow of a giant oak on a clean canvas of white snow.

North Wind teams with warming Sun and together they sculpt crystalline icicles on the edges of roofs, cliffs and tree branches.

Frost reaches out with fine fingers and paints intricate patterns of icy lace on cold, smooth surfaces.

No tree decorated by human hands can compare with the glistening beauty of Sun shining on the work of Hoar Frost.

The Heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork. Psalm 19:1


  1. Gorgeous photos, Ruth. The lace frost is very pretty. And yes, the days are getting a bit longer. Stay safe in your winder wonderland.

  2. Beautiful pics, Ruth.

    We're thinking along the same lines today - funny!

    Love the frost pic - thanks for sending it for Good Planets!

  3. Beautiful photos! I especially love the patterns the frost makes on windows.

  4. Simply beautiful and crisp...

  5. Mary- I can't complain about the bright, white days. I don't like grey slush and ice. Once winter sets in, people are more careful with driving and walking.

    Laura- What a coincidence! I loved the way you shared some of the same ideas in you post.

    Ginger- Our double glazed windows discourage the formation of frost. This display was a beautiful surprise on the back storm door.

    Jayne- Crisp it is! Rosy-cheeked crisp...


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