186: Dazzling in blue

(A single cattail.)

I cannot think of a better word for today.  It is dazzling.  The sky is an amazing shade of blue.  The sun is providing incredible light.  It’s just… dazzling.

(Ripples and willow branch reflections on the pond.)

Has it warmed up here in the Bogs?  No.  It has not.  It’s not any warmer than it has been for the past week or so.  But my attitude has  changed, and I have once again acclimated to the cold.  Layers on, hat on, mittens on, and waterproof boots to keep my feet dry and warm.  The t-shirts, shorts, and other bits of summer apparel will have to wait.  The weather folks are saying we won’t be warming up anytime soon.  It’ll be at least a week or more.

Bird's nest

I like the way the blue of the sky comes out in different shades depending on where I point the camera in relation to where the sun is positioned.  Or something like that.  I bet it sounded like I knew what I was talking about for a moment or two.

A bird near the nest

I am surprised by how boggy it continues to be.  The persistent, steady, cold and dry north wind should have pretty much dried things out by now.  I tried to make my way through the woods, but once I started down towards lower ground, it got muddy and mushy.  I would have been slipping and sliding (and probably falling) all over the place if I had continued.

Old tree in the woods

The vegetable garden area, which is on slightly higher ground, is almost dry enough for tilling.  That also means it’s almost dry enough for me to start to work on cleaning up the asparagus bed.  It will, however, be a while before we can consider planting anything.

I stayed out for over an hour today, enjoying the light, the blue of the sky, and even the chill and fresh scent of the north wind.  It was invigorating, on many levels.

Today's view of the pond from the timothy grass meadow

Old Man Winter may think he’s got a grip on us, but if you look closely you will find that Spring has not been completely halted in her mission of growth, rebirth, and renewal.

New life popping up

I think those might be the day lilies.  The area where I found them is the right place for them, and I can’t think of any other flowers that might be growing there.  We’ll see, as time goes on, how good my memory is.

Catkins against a blue sky

Going outside on a daily basis is easier and much more enjoyable when I give up the whingeing, and go out with a sense of adventure and discovery.  So go ahead, North Wind.  Bring it on.  It’s not going to keep me indoors.


Fire in the sky -- last night's sunset as seen through the woods

I’ll find other ways to keep warm.


37 Comments on “186: Dazzling in blue”

  1. Kala says:

    It’s beautiful to see such a vivid blue sky and sunshine. It warms you even when it’s cold outside!

  2. That’s the attitude, Robin! I’ll remember it when it gets colder here and I start feeling lazy and complaining about going outdoors.
    I absolutely love the first two shots; the first one is breathtaking, so blue. And the catkins and lilies are lovely, too. Stopping by your blog is always a pleasure!

  3. patbean says:

    I love blue, and you captured its hues marvelously.

  4. Those brilliant blue skies would wash away any amount of winter blues Robin! Yep…dazzling! 🙂

    I hope your bulb plants will eventually have some beautiful flowers for you to photograph, just as the Pussy Willow has just now. I feel as though I could touch the softness of those catkins right through the photo!

    • Robin says:

      They are incredibly soft, Joanne. I keep meaning to bring some in so they can liven up the place with their spring-like appearance and softness.

      Thank you! 🙂

  5. CMSmith says:

    Hyacinths could be coming up now, although my daylilies are sprouting as well.

    My husband has planted his peas and lettuce and spinach, by the authority of our old neighbor who said never before St. Patrick’s Day.

    • Robin says:

      My hyacinths are coming up, too, Christine.

      I really should get my lettuce and greens in soon if I’m going to plant them. I’m not sure we’re quite finished with the frost yet, though.

  6. That first one is just perfect!

  7. subha says:

    I love these pictures – particularly the first and last ones. I love how you take something normally ordinary to see and make it look completely new and different. I really couldn’t guess what the blue in the first picture was without reading your post – which I think it pretty cool.

    I hear you about the cold. It’s no fun. But much more tolerable when you aren’t bent upon wearing your most missed summer outfit for the day!

  8. ladyfi says:

    These blue skies are amazingly lovely! So glorious! And you’ve outdone yourself with your photos…. stunning!

  9. Good God, Robin, these photos are STUNNING! Wow!

  10. Bo Mackison says:

    Yes, yes, yes–blue skies are the BEST. And a close second is the night sky filled with those uncountable stars. Just think–we both see the same stars when we look up.Kind of an amazing, get-your-head-around-that-and-think-about-it fact! 🙂

    • Robin says:

      I love a night sky filled with stars, Bo. It’s one of the things I like about being in the mountains of Colorado. It’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.

      That’s an interesting way to look at it. I’ll say hello to you when I look at the stars tonight. (If I can look at them — looks like it’s clouding up out there.) I bet you get some great views of the stars from the desert. Have you been out there at night?

      • Bo Mackison says:

        Yes indeed. The sky is unbelievably crowded with so many stars I cannot see in Wisconsin. There are dozens of observatories around Tucson–it is a declared “dark city” so they are very aware of any light pollution. I hope to get to one of the observatories open to the public before my desert stay is over, but they are out in the middle of nowhere and I worry about driving home late at night. So still pondering options…

  11. Kel says:

    blue skies
    smiling on me
    nothing but blue skies
    do i see

    willie nelson

  12. penpusherpen says:

    Love the shot of Old Trees in the woods, Robin, and the signs of new life pushing through the earth, gives your heart a lift. Hope ole man Winter lets go his tight grip and that it gets warmer real soon.
    take care my friend…xPenx

    • Robin says:

      There is snow coming, Pen. Or so they say. I hope “they” are wrong. But sooner or later, spring has to arrive. Or summer. I suspect that might be what’s going to happen. One day it will just be hot and we’ll wonder where spring got to.

      Thanks, my friend. 🙂

  13. Marcie says:

    Such a gorgeous collection of blues. Love it!

  14. Marianne says:

    I agree with Kathy’s comment. Way to go, Robin.

  15. So many shades of blue. I love the first one, and am glad you are brave enough to take those treks that bring us such joy!

  16. Barbara Rodgers says:

    Dazzling, yes! Clear and bright with so many blues – the first one is stunning – ending with the gorgeously contrasting fiery sunset. You’ll remember this day well!

  17. milkayphoto says:

    Wonderful photos from start to finish! You make things look ‘warm’ when we all know they most certainly are not! 🙂

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