152: Mesmerized

Usually I attempt to title my photos.  I won’t be doing that today.  I just don’t want to put a name to anything I saw today.

Usually I place the photos in such a way as to tell a story or to at least correspond with my babbling what I’m writing.  I won’t be doing that, either.  I will put them up as I took them on my walk today.

It was so beautiful when we woke up this morning, a beauty way beyond any words I can think of to try to describe it.  The sky was clear and blue.  The sun hitting the ice and snow was a magical sight that the camera just couldn’t capture at all.  You had to be there.

I hadn’t planned to stay outside beyond the minimum thirty minutes.  I started the day with a pretty long to-do list so it seemed important to go out, take a few photos, and get on with the rest of the day.  Of course that was wrong.  Being outside was the important part of the day, not the to-do list.

It wasn’t until the freshly-charged batteries in my camera died that I realized I’d been out there well beyond my planned time.  As it turned out, I was out and about for two hours, completely mesmerized by Mother Nature’s display.  I believe this is what people must have been trying to achieve when they first started decorating trees for the Winter Solstice or for Christmas.

I also believe this may well be the first winter in which I have truly appreciated the season.  I have always enjoyed frost, snow and ice, and how beautiful they can be under certain circumstances, but I don’t think I appreciated the season as a whole in the way I do now.  Each day of stepping outside to meet my outdoor commitment has brought something new, even those days when I had a case of the blahs and thought it was dull to be photographing the same things over and over.

Winter is a season in which things can change drastically overnight.  One day everything is dull and brown, wet and slushy, and the next day you wake up to find the world sparkling with ice and snow.

Best of all, things you couldn’t quite capture before are suddenly handed to you.  But you have to be in the moment, paying attention to the now, or you might miss the gifts you’re being given.

I think I fell in love with winter today.

I’ll have to go back and look but I’m pretty sure I had a similar moment during the autumn months, my first season of this commitment.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to come away from this year-long commitment with a love, or at least an appreciation, for all of the seasons?

I think that just might happen.


37 Comments on “152: Mesmerized”

  1. tjfox says:

    Those are absolutely amazing! As much as I cannot stand being cold, I think ice and snow photos are some of my favorites.

  2. The snow covered trees against the vivid blue sky are just STUNNING! No wonder you stayed out longer – I would have, too!

  3. Carolyn Blankenship says:

    Wow. That first shot is spectacular!

  4. Sybil says:

    When I see your photos I wonder why I bother owning a camera !

    Lovely images.

  5. jenna says:

    You got the male cardinal!

  6. Bo Mackison says:

    Ah yes, be in the moment. Yes, you certainly were. So lovely. As you already said, mesmerizing.

  7. “I think I fell in love with winter today”. You have no idea how happy I was today to read those words, Robin! And it’s no wonder you feel that way; your photos are simply amazing, the icicles, the trees, the blue sky…thank you for sharing these photos and your words of appreciation with us all today. 🙂

  8. Im so glad that you are happy doing what you are doing! The photo’s are beautiful and document the things you were blessed to see because you went out! I loved reading this post!

  9. Marcie says:

    Exquisite..extraordinarily beautiful winter details and images. WOW!

  10. Again, absolutely beautiful. I just love sunny, snowy winter days.
    That tree in the second one looks like it’s patiently waiting for Christmas.

  11. The photos are stunning, Robin. I especially like the one of the cardinal!

    Hugs from Haiti,

  12. Barbara Rodgers says:

    Your camera captured enough to make me wish I was taking a walk there, too! Two hours! I imagine you were so enchanted by the charms of winter that you forgot about the cold. Love the snow-covered pine tree framed by the branches, very nice… Beautiful pictures, all of them…

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Barbara. It’s a funny thing about the cold. It’s hardly noticeable at all when I’m so absorbed in nature. I hope it works the same way when the weather turns hot and humid. 🙂

  13. Karma says:

    Wow, Robin, your feelings really show through in your pictures today. Perhaps it was the cooperation of sunshine on the fresh snow, but I can see how much you were enjoying yourself through these beautiful photos. Photo #1 is beautifully intriguing and I somewhat jealously love the cardinal shot! 🙂

  14. milkayphoto says:

    Simply gorgeous! You were blessed this day! If I witnessed these sights in person I, too, would fall in love with winter! Stunning images!

  15. Anna says:

    How beautiful, these magical icy and snowy scenes! I especially like the iced drop leaf! 🙂

  16. Sometimes all you have to do is point and click in any direction to fill the memory card with amazing images, Robin. I have not taken my camera for a walk in a long time. Busy with other things and events. Thank you for taking me along on your walk through Nature.

    The first image is large print worthy. Such a dayglow you’ve captured.

    • Robin says:

      That’s true, Scott. Yesterday was surely one of those days. I’m going to have start going out without my camera soon as I’ve taken way too many photos over the past few days.

      Thank you! 🙂

  17. penpusherpen says:

    I think you are so right, Robin, your photo’s show the beauty all about us if we’d just take the time to look. You are sharing your Love, and we are picking up the baton.
    and through your words and photo’s ‘we were there,’ just looking over your shoulder…
    Icy Jewels of Winter, in more ways than one. OK they won’t sparkle and shine forever, like the real thing but boy do they ‘put on a show’ xPenx

    • Robin says:

      True, Pen, that it’s a temporary display of sparkle and shine. That’s what it makes it worth getting out there and enjoying it while I can. 🙂

  18. Kathy says:

    Oh WOW! I am mesmerized…that first photo knocked me out of my chair! Thanks, Robin

    • Robin says:

      Oh gosh, Kathy. I hope you didn’t get injured when you were knocked out of your chair. 😉

      Thank you. That’s a nice compliment. I’m glad you like it. 🙂

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