Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ring out wild bells to the wild sky

Ring out, wild bells to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
The frosted flowers of the most beautiful hoar frost covered the branches here a couple of days ago.
I took the scenic route home from the post office that morning to capture it all. For a while I was wandering alone, it seemed just me and the rooks, in the Snow Queens icy land, a fairytale landscape. A glimpse in time, before the sun warmed it back to liquid to trickle down stems and drip off branches, to seep down and water the sleepy earth.
The gentle sound of the river flowing, my footsteps on hard frozen ground, ice cracking. Delicate whispers, of fragments brushing against my coat. Silver shards tinkling, almost bell like.  
The skeleton of nettles wearing ice fur coats.
And hawthorn still with a few snacks for birds, useful on cold days like these. Blood red against purest of white.  A hint of a fairytale...

Now, the night has arrived on this old and last day of the year. It has been a good one for me and I feel extremely blessed. Thank you for taking the time to stop by here in 2014. I appreciate all of your comments and read each and every one, even if I don't always get around to replying.
I look forward to sharing more things in 2015.
Happy New Year to you!


  1. Happy New Year Karen. Can't help thinking the icy twigs look like a lot of snowy caterpillars for some sort of ethereal moth. xxx

  2. Happy New years to you may it be a truelly Wonderful one xxxx

  3. Sending Warm Wishes for a Happy New Year ~~~ really enjoy your words and images, even if I don't comment each time

  4. Wishes for a happy and peaceful new year to you and your family
    Maura Xx

  5. Wonderful icy photos.....and a happy new year to you!

  6. Stunning photos.. happy new year to you and yours :o)

  7. Happy New Year, Karen :) Have been delighted each morning, by what a beautiful job Jack Frost has been doing each night - and every day has been growing more and more frosty, leaving the landscape transformed - just pure magic! Your wonderful pictures have captured it perfectly. x

  8. splendid offerings of the Snow Queen. thrilling for me in South Florida, USA.

    Happy happy New Year to you@

  9. Magical! Hope your year is filled with lots and lots of it! Many blessings from the forest, Valerianna

  10. I love your photos, such amazing shapes of the icy plants! Wishing you a fantastic new 2015 filled with fun, love and lots of wonderful paintings. :)
    Jess xx

  11. Such a Magickal Land, beautiful pictures,have a Great New Year,

  12. Happy 2015 Karen, thankyou for everything x


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