— n.
archaic the sky, heavens, or upper air

~ World English Dictionary

I woke up at six o’clock this morning, approximately two hours before dawn here in the Bogs this time of year, walked to the living room and looked out the window at the pond.  The clouds that had been hanging over us for the past few days had finally moved on, leaving a sky glittering and sparkling with hundreds, thousands of stars scattered across the darkness being reflected back at the sky by the pond.  Stars above and below shimmering and twinkling like champagne bubbles.

Those moments of standing with the stars became my first small stone:

A sprinkling of sparkling stars
Lights scattered across the darkness of infinity
New Year’s Day champagne

This really is a first for me as I don’t usually do this kind of writing.  What kind of writing is it I don’t usually do?  Well, I don’t know.  There are no rules for this challenge.  I came up with something a little like haiku, but it doesn’t follow the rules of haiku.  It’s a capturing of the moment.  Condensed more than I typically condense things.  I tend to be a woman of many words.  That is one of the reasons I thought this challenge might be good for me.  I like the idea of paring down to the heart of the moment.

Sky journey

I took a short walk around the pond today, watching the sky above and its reflection in the pond below.  It’s a blustery day, causing small, silky waves to roll from west to east across the water.

Magic wand

I’m still not feeling particularly well, but it was wonderful to get outside and be aired out, so to speak, by the tempestuous and energizing winds.  It’s as if it carried away some of the illness.  Mother Nature’s Magic Cure.


The clouds have moved back in.  They parted briefly, the sun shone down upon us for about ten minutes, and then it rained.  Snow is in the forecast for tonight and the next few days.  It will be nice to see the white stuff for a change.  I don’t think I’ll be cross-country skiing anytime soon, but I will get out for some short walks.

That’s it from the Bogs for today.  Happy New Year!  Wishing you a happy, healthy, safe, and peaceful 2012, along with star-filled sparkling skies and the discovery of a magic wand or two.

*Note:  The first and last photo, which is the same photo, was processed in Photoshop and then in Picnik where I added the star effect.  It was taken with the white balance set to tungsten.  I changed the tone and colors in the first version to go with my champagne thoughts.  Originally it was a photo of the waves on the pond.  Sky Journey and Magic Wand were also processed in Photoshop and Picnik.

Letting Go:  Of thinking I need to do everything myself, and learning to accept and appreciate assistance from my loved ones.

41 Comments on “Welkin”

  1. Corina says:

    I like the small stones challenge. I think it will be wonderful for condensing writing to what is important. Who knows? Maybe I’ll end up doing it too.

    I think you’re right about Mother Nature’s Magic Cure. I know that if I allow Mother Nature to have her way with me, she always makes me feel better and refreshed, renewed.

    Looking forward to reading your blog this year, Robin.

    Happy 2012!

  2. cfbookchick says:

    What a beautiful small stone, Robin. I looked through the challenge, intrigued, and decided that I would leave it to people better suited to it, like you!
    I love the photo manipulations you it – they are so magical!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, CFBookChick. 🙂

      I’m not sure I am at all suited to the small stones challenge, but I decided to plunge in and see what happens. I am determined to follow my heart more, instead of listening to my head.

  3. Have a great and memorable 2012! You write beautifully and I love your photos 🙂

  4. dragonfae says:

    Happy New Year Robin! May you have the most best year ever! *hugs* 🙂

  5. Kel says:

    what a sparkly first stone
    hope doing it helped take your mind off less sparkly things

  6. It’s been a long time since I’d seen the word “welkin.” I’d almost forgotten about it.

    This was a lovely post, Robin. Happy New Year to you, my friend!


  7. The darkness of the night sky is one of my favorite things about living ‘out’…
    What a wonderful New Year’s gift!

  8. Dana says:

    It’s only Jan 1st, and I had already forgotten that 2012 was your year of Letting Go! I really appreciated you reminding me of your theme in the last line of this post. Today, I am Letting Go of the urge to measure myself through ANY of the stats or indicators on my blog. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      That is an excellent thing to let go of, Dana. Blogging should be something you do for yourself, not for the stats or the fame of being Freshly Pressed. 🙂

  9. Ellen says:

    I wish you a very happy year to you too!!! and that you discover some magic wands too!!!

  10. aFrankAngle says:

    Your keen eye continues to amaze me. Happy New Year!

  11. Welkin has died out in English, but its German relative Wolke is the normal word in that language for ‘cloud.’ Archaic though the English word may be, welkin is welcome.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you so much for that information, Steve. I wondered about “welkin” and “welcome” but didn’t get around to looking it up.

  12. I love your first small stone and the starry pictures are wonderful! I love all the blue in them, too. Happy New Year, Robin! Wishing you the best as you follow your heart…

  13. Tammy says:

    Really gorgeous. I love that the stars are reflected in the water and your treatment is beautiful.

  14. Happy New Year, Robin!
    It sounds like it was worth getting up early that morning, to catch that beautiful light over the pond before the clouds moved back in.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Michaela. And a Happy New Year to you too. 🙂

      I’ve found that it’s almost always worth getting up early (and yet I can’t always convince myself to do it!).

  15. ladyfi says:

    Magical post! That shot of the birds is amazing.

  16. Kathy says:

    Yes, a beautiful post, Robin. It felt magical. It’s interesting when we pair things down to few words sometimes a stark beauty shines through. I love the magic wand. I love the idea of small stones, as well as small stones themselves. You have finally convinced me. I am going outside.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Kathy. I generally end up carrying around small stones, especially during and after a walk. Sometimes I receive them. Sometimes I give them back.

      What did you find when you went outside? (Snow, I bet.)

  17. bearyweather says:

    Love when you get creative with your photos. You inspire me to try something “artistic”, too.

  18. Love the last shot!

  19. eof737 says:

    ♥Happy ♥New ♥Year ♥ & TY! 🙂 I haven’t forgotten your blog… I’ve been under the weather and then struggling to catch up. Will do so soon. TY!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Elizabeth. 🙂

      Don’t worry about catching up. Start from where you are. I’ve learned the hard way that it’s much too time consuming and difficult to catch up, especially with people posting daily.

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