Friday, January 10, 2014

A reflected world

The new year has brought even more water onto the already soaked earth. Fields have turned into glistening lakes once again, gold and silver in the afternoon winter light.
Shining pools that contain shadowy glimpses of a reflected world. A watery looking glass, into a parallel place. 
Sparkling, gentle, quiet, it lays above the sodden cold land slowly being absorbed down. Deep down through the tiny passages that echo earth worms, organisms and the tangle of roots that are blind to the sun. A cascade into the heart of Mother Earth. I hope she is drinking up all the liquid gold and dazzling brightness and that it will flow into her veins and replenish her ancient bones to keep her strong.

What would the world be, once bereft of wet and wildness? Let them be left, O let them be left, wildness and wet; Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.  ~ Gerard Manley Hopkins

 Moles will be relieved to see, as many others will, that this watery world is subsiding now. 
The green has returned for now.
And if you listen, the song of Spring is in the wind.

23 comments:

  1. Beautifully written and beautiful images too. Thank you x

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    1. Thank you CaroW I'm glad that you enjoyed. :)

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  2. what a lovely image you have created of Mother Earth drinking it in ......... and if you do listen carefully the song of Spring is "always" in the air, along with "hope"

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    1. Thank you... and yes I believe you are right, it is. :)

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  3. Always such a thoughtful, artistic and earth-loving blog......out in the garden today birds were singing under a blue sky........hellibores, rhubarb, daffodils and even peonies stirring in the soil......Spring really twitching to burst forth

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  4. it is so pretty. We are still far from spring here. But winter is still lovely so I don't mind.

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  5. Stunningly beautiful photos... you may be flooded, but it was visually amazing!! So green where here, we are frozen and white.

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  6. Beautiful images of golden waters nourishing the earth. The new year is always about hope and these images make a promising start to the year. All the best to you Karen in 2014. :)

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  7. Thanks for the Gerard Manley Hopkins quote: I'd never heard of him before. That's like a spell & a blessing at the same time.
    I wonder what sort of bird is that, sitting in the thorn-tree?

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  8. Dear Karen, Spring , oh spring........Yesterday I saw my first crocus in my park, on the way to work ( I call it my park, because no one is around, it's early as I walk though......No one but the crocus and I) LOVE this post and your words.......just beautiful....I'm glad also you don't have to send out that 'dove' after all as the green grass is showing once more...
    Sending twinkles ********* Maria x

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  9. Karen, your photos and words have cast a spell over me this Saturday morning as I write. You are one very talented lady.
    Jess xx

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  10. Such a lovely post and some beautiful images.

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  11. Beautiful Images of the golden pools of nature, the birds have been very busy here today too, pairing up and seeking out new homes...Thea x

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  12. Thank you for this warm peaceful place. xx

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  13. Bonjour,
    Je découvre ton blog, j'aime beaucoup ton travail! Des aventures et de très belles photos.
    Je suis artiste peintre, photographe amateur; je me suis inscrite pour suivre tes publications!
    Je t'invite à me rendre visite sur mes blogs et voir mon travail, merci beaucoup et bonne journée! Cath.

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  14. It has been wonderful walking the dog in the early mornings and hearing the sounds change gradually from silence to bird song, the first indications that Spring is on the way.

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  15. Lovely post and one of my favourite quotes too. I smelt spring on the wind on saturday and the snowdrops are almost flowering in our garden. Karen xx

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  17. Ahhh... Karen, your gold and silver world sings to my soul. Thank you. X

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  18. Love your music-choice. So very well fitting with the photo's and drawings. Greetings from Amsterdam,

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  19. Wonderful photos of magical moments! I hope that the "liquid gold and dazzling brightness" will create for the Earth a beautiful dress in Spring!

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