Winter time

Sunrise through a frosted window

Sunrise through a frosted window

It is a pretty day here in the Bogs.  Mostly sunny with occasional snow squalls.  I like watching the squalls move in on big, fluffy clouds of white and gray and blue.

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I enjoy watching the snowflakes float down all a-glitter in the sunlight, and the sparkles on the little bit of snow that has accumulated on the ground.

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I’ve been drawn to the in-between times lately — sunrise and sunset — so today I went out around noon just to experience a different time of day.  Besides, the early mornings have been terribly cold this week.  It might not be much warmer around noon, but the sun gives the illusion of warmth.

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A spot of red.  (There is a male cardinal hiding somewhere in this image.)

Time is a created thing.  To say “I don’t have time,” is like saying, “I don’t want to.”

~ Lao Tzu

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I don’t really have anything in mind for this post.  Nothing to bring it all together in a way that makes sense.  It’s just a ramble.

Blue Jay

Blue Jay frozen in time

Sometimes I feel like if you just watch things, just sit still and let the world exist in front of you — sometimes I swear that just for a second time freezes and the world pauses in its tilt.  Just for a second.  And if you somehow found a way to live in that second, then you would live forever.

~ Lauren Oliver, Pandemonium



Now, see.  There we go.  There’s a theme.  The theme is time.

The theme might be this tree as well since it seems to have captured my attention today.

The theme might be this tree as well since it seems to have captured my attention today.

Time is a good theme for today because I am waiting for a repairman to show up.  The dishwasher died last Saturday.  Naturally it did so at the beginning of the wash cycle so that I was left with a full dishwasher of dirty dishes.  I’ve been spending a lot of time washing, drying, and putting away dishes this week.  I don’t mind.  Washing dishes can be a meditative and relaxing chore.  There is peace in warm, soapy-bubbly water and repetition.

Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal in the spruce tree

Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal in the spruce tree

I almost wish I had opted for a morning visit from the repairman.  I chose the afternoon because I didn’t want to be rushed through my yoga, meditation, exercise, and morning walk.  So now I sit.  And wait.  There is a 4-hour time frame of waiting.  The wait could be a long while.  Or a short while.  There is no way of knowing until the repairman calls to say he’s on his way.

Locust tree

Locust tree

“For a while” is a phrase whose length can’t be measured.  At least by the person who’s waiting.

~ Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun

Maple elbow

Maple elbow

In the meantime, I’ll work on this blog post.  Perhaps check my email or play with some images.  Every now and then (every once in a while), I’ll look out the window and watch the clouds move in and out as the shadows dance on the snow.

Snow squall clouds

Snow squall clouds

How about you?  What do you do while you’re waiting?

Sparkles and stars

Sparkles and stars

There will be time, there will be time
To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet.

~ T. S. Eliot

Sparkles and stars reimaged

Sparkles and stars reimaged

That’s it from the Bogs for today.  Thank you for visiting, and joining me on another ramble.  It’s a good day for a walk around the pond, or maybe even across the pond.  It’s been so cold here that the surface should be solid enough by now.  It is very, very cold, though, so be sure to dress warmly.  Layers are always best for this kind of cold and windy day.  Two pairs of gloves (or gloves and mittens, which is my preference) are a good idea, too.

Wishing you a delightful day, evening, night… whenever and wherever you are on the spectrum of time.



All photographs are memento mori.  To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability.  Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.

~ Susan Sontag

54 Comments on “Winter time”

  1. Nice to see the cardinal pair – and the blue jay is magnificent. You have to wonder how they manage the severe weather – and still sing as soon as the sun appears – able to find joy in ordinary things
    Nice way you always spotlight the ordinary, freeze it, and elevate it with thoughts

    • Robin says:

      Thank you so much, PhilosopherMouse. 🙂 I often wonder how the birds manage it out there, especially when the temperature plummets to near zero as it has the past few nights.

  2. One Old Sage says:

    Love the blue jays and cardinals. I haven’t seen either for a long time.

  3. Very taken by the top three shots.

  4. Amy says:

    Wow, the blue jays and cardinals!! Awesome shots!

  5. Kathy says:

    Waiting can sometimes be so hard…and sometimes easy. Guess it depends on our frame of mind and how impatient we are. Lovely shots. Always like seeing cardinals, as we don’t get them this far north.

    • Robin says:

      So true, Kathy. Right now my frame of mind is impatient so waiting is driving me a little batty. Any minute now I expect it will change and I’ll be happy to wait. 🙂

  6. Val says:

    Your photos are beautiful, I love the cardinals best. And the ‘elbow’ of the maple. 🙂

    I find it very difficult waiting. It makes my bladder (or worse) want to be in the bathroom all the time, then I fret that I’ll be in there and won’t get to the front door in time!

    I’d love to regard washing dishes as a meditation. I think I’d probably just daydream and then the water would go cold!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Val. 🙂

      I daydream a lot while washing dishes, but somehow manage to keep my hands moving while my mind is wandering in fairy tale forests or sailing on pirate ships or wherever it is my mind goes when my body is doing mundane chores.

      I know what you mean about waiting and wanting to be in the loo. I tend to worry there won’t be one when and where I need one.

  7. dadirri7 says:

    another super rich post robin, just the dawn light in the windows was enough for me, a feast! it is wonderful to see your snow, and the cardinal in the tree, and the blue jay who looks frozen indeed … i am waiting now, for a phonecall, so i am practising using the trackpad of the new macbook pro that arrived this week … my fingers are still ‘dumb’ … things go every which way … and every now and then the scroll works for me and i relax a little!

  8. jane tims says:

    Lovely post. I love ‘sparkles and stars’. While I wait, I always read. It is never an easy read, however; I can’t sink into the reading because I have to be on the ready for when the repair truck pulls into the yard. Waiting is not easy. Jane

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Jane. 🙂

      I read while waiting, too. I used to smoke (if it was permitted where I was waiting, or I’d step outside). When I quit smoking, I started carrying around a book instead of cigarettes and reading became my waiting activity. I know what you mean about it not being an easy read. There are times (in the doctor’s office, for instance) when I can’t concentrate at all on what I’m reading, and end up re-reading it later.

  9. Gracie says:

    These are wonderful, Robin. The frost on the windows with the sunrise casting a golden glow, they are brilliant. Loved the details.

  10. Rambles are good for the soul. And I loved seeing your snowy photos. All sparkly. Love the window shots too — warm and toasty photography!

  11. bearyweather says:

    You captured your winter well … it was a beautiful visit.
    I have been looking for a way to capture our 35 below temps, but through the lens .. it looks the same as zero …. it is too cold to take my camera outside (or myself) anyway. This bear is hibernating. Thanks for taking me outside some place bearable.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Bearyweather. 🙂

      If it was that cold here, I’d be hibernating, too! I’ve been out when it was 7 below, and kept my camera warm by placing it under my coat whenever I wasn’t taking photos. But there’s a big difference between 7 below and 35 below.

  12. artsifrtsy says:

    I love the window shots – those fractals in nature always amaze me. Really wonderful set – of course I am envious of your cardinals 🙂

  13. Corina says:

    Even your rambles are beautiful! That sparkles and stars image is magical. I love it! I hope you didn’t have to wait the entire four hours.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Corina. 🙂 I did (have to wait the entire four hours), and the guy never showed up. We went with a local guy instead, and now have a new dishwasher.

  14. Carla says:

    Your photos and musings never disappoint. It’s amazing to me how the birds stay warm enough. Brrr! The frost pictures are lovely.

    When I’m waiting, sometimes I’ll try to clean or do dishes. Or read. Or while away far too much time on Facebook or looking at my phone. Or sit on the porch swing with the cats.

  15. Sartenada says:

    Great post. I love especially those three first photos. Sometimes I have also frozen windows, but they are not so beautiful than Yours!

  16. aFrankAngle says:

    Definitely winter time …. and the where’s the cardinal pic is like where’s Waldo. 😉

  17. Jo Ann says:

    I love your artistry with the re-imaging, Robin, especially the Queen Anne’s Lace. I also like the quote about saying I don’t have time is like saying I don’t want to – I think there’s a lot of truth in that.

  18. mobius faith says:

    Gee-willickers Robin. Those frosted window shots just knocked my socks off!!!!!!!!!
    ***just a moment while I put them back on***

    Okay, now ….
    You have perfectly composed those shots with how the edge of the frost matches the skyline and light. Pure photographic art!!!
    Also the “sparkles and stars reimaged” is so magical. It has a mythic quality to it. Just so doggone beautiful. Thanks for this post. I’ll be back to visit this one again. Hope you and M are staying warm. Have a great weekend.

  19. Chris says:

    I’m using your frosted window as my iPad screen. Love it, great eye!

  20. Anita Mac says:

    Great collection. That sunrise is stunning, but I have to admit, I love the bird shots too! Nice captures.

  21. Joanne says:

    I wouldn’t have minded a bit if you hadn’t discovered a theme Robin, I simply enjoyed the photos! I’ve said it before, but I have to say it again, the Bogs are so beautiful. Sigh…. 🙂

  22. Robin, all of these images are great and some of them are absolutely stunning. I especially love the first two tree photos and the “sparkles and stars reimagined”. Great stuff!

  23. The frosty window sunrise is AMAZING!!! ♥

  24. Stacie says:

    Your photography is absolutely stunning! I’m so glad I found your blog!

  25. Those first few shots of the sunshine through the frosted window are pure magic!

  26. I love them all, but sparkles and stars reimagined is spectacular! Love your artistic photography and editing!

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