Wintry magic in the meadowsPosted: December 13, 2012
Bundle up. We’re going on an early morning walk and it’s cold. In the 20′s cold. Dress in layers and be sure to include a hat and warm gloves or mittens. I’m wearing my mitten-gloves with a pair of liner gloves underneath because I’ll be taking photos and experience has taught me to protect my fingers.
It’s a frosty morning with patches of mist rising up here and there. The sun isn’t quite over the horizon yet so the world starts out tinted in shades of blue. As the sun moves upwards, but not too far upwards because we’re nearing the Winter Solstice and it tends to hang out on the periphery of the sky, the colors warm.
The air is crisp and biting. The frozen ground crunches underfoot. A thin sheet of ice lies atop the edges of the pond, reaching towards the middle where, if it stays cold enough for long enough, it will join, solidifying the surface of the pond, and patterns that resemble neurons will form in the ice.
Walk slowly. At a snail’s pace. Look carefully. While we were sleeping last night, the fairies were playing in the meadows again. You might see one of the winter fairies dancing in and out and around the colorful lights. You might even catch one as he or she puts up new lights.
Magic has been once again let loose in the meadows. If you’re awake and aware and really paying attention, you can find magic out there just about any time, but winter (or almost-winter) is special because that is when the frost fairies come to visit.
After a while, you won’t even notice the cold because of an enchantment cast by the frost fairies. You did bundle up, didn’t you? You don’t want the cold nipping at your fingers and toes and nose and ears while you’re dazzled by the pretty colors and lights.
Go on ahead without me. I’m going to hang out here for a while and watch the lights twinkle.
Thursday Travels will return next week if I’m not once again mesmerized by another winter fairy display.
Thanks for dropping in and joining me on another early morning walk. I hope you enjoyed the colorful, sparkling lights of the frost fairies, and that you didn’t get too cold. It’s been a pretty day, clear and crisp and bright. A great day for walking or hiking as long as you dressed appropriately. Sunglasses are a good idea, too. As low as it is in the sky these days, the sun can still get pretty bright.
Have a sweet and delightful day, night, evening… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time.