Dawn Walk

IMG_4655After a night of rain, the sun rose above fog-shrouded hills and shadowy valleys. IMG_4643Illumined paths of sunlight stream through the forest, IMG_4656and

bejeweled branches, bright with raindrops, adorn my way.IMG_4732Long tree shadows stripe the snow as I take the snowshoed trail to the river.IMG_4708

IMG_4667The first rays touch the trees, dispelling the mist. The day is warmer than it has been for a long while and the river ice is being worn away by the flowing water. IMG_4689Some time ago a creature crossed the river, leaving meandering foot prints, eroded by the weather and now shadowed by the rising sun. Snowflakes glitter beneath bare branches.IMG_4688IMG_4723

Delicate, papery Beech leaves whisper as I pass by.

Heading home, I wonder how much longer it will be before winter loosens its grip and spring finally arrives.IMG_4641

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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72 Responses to Dawn Walk

  1. georgetteann says:

    Gorgeous photographs! 🙂

  2. Trini Lind says:

    Oh, I loved coming with you on this walk!! Beautiful photos and lovely descriptions! How wonderful!! I want to jump into that snow now!! 🙂 ❤

  3. Angie G. says:

    What a lovely walk! Beautiful and serene! 🙂

  4. Oh, oh, oh!!! That river shot is great. The water is flowing again, Eliza, surely a good sign!

  5. mk says:

    You have captured your morning walk so well with your words and photographs. It is so serene & beautiful. A lovely experience for me. I couldn’t help but consider your endless winter compared to our endless summer. Over 90F here yesterday. A little more winter here would be so appreciated, as a shorter winter there would also. And as I continue searching for a new house, the same search for that “just right” Goldilocks home eludes me. Too much of this, too little of that, not a good fit, too snug. Holding pattern. Longing for the break that signals the cusp of the next change.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Micheal. It is quiet and lovely here for which I am always grateful. Been thinking of you and your search. Something wonderful is just around the corner! 😉
      90 is about my heat limit, probably like 20 is your cold limit. Such different climates! I’ll send cooling thoughts your way!

      • mk says:

        We slept with the air conditioning running last night. That’s unusual even in the summer time.

        I think that yesterday we may have found our new home. It is everything we have been looking for. Built in 1923, lots of land, lots of house, orange & figs & avocado & pomegranate & several massively tall pines. It is indeed something wonderful. Our offer has been sent out into the Universe.

        It was a very long & difficult day. I returned here to your beautiful pictures, and found it to be so soothing and healing. I am especially enjoying the golden light spreading from beyond the trees onto the snow. In fact, I just finished looking at a short Abraham Hicks youtube about “things you must do every day”. Of course it made me think of you – getting outside every single day and acknowledging with gratitude the gifts pouring in.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Thanks for your kind words and I will envision your offer being accepted! It sounds wonderful, esp. the fruit trees! 🙂

  6. derrycats says:

    May spring come soon!

  7. cindy knoke says:

    I love the river and the last shot the most! Lovely~

  8. Jewels says:

    These are lovely….

  9. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Beautiful words and images. Love your bejeweled branches!

  10. Kina says:

    Soon! Soon!

  11. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Beautiful – so strange still to see the snow when all is getting so green here. I bet the spring will come all in a rush!

  12. Just beautiful. Our snow is all but gone. Hope yours melts soon.

  13. dianaed2013 says:

    My that looks cold – like the melted snow/ice by the bank

  14. Val Boyko says:

    I can feel the crispness in the air … and the promise of Spring in the light.
    A beautiful capture Eliza!

  15. LadyPinkRose says:

    Eiza, your “eye” is wonderful and your photographs even more so!!! What a glorious post. At a time so many are tired of snow, you made snow look gorgeous. What a talented woman you are. (((HUGS))) Amy

  16. dnikias says:

    nice set – it makes me yearn for those crisp wintery days at my NH home…

  17. Heather says:

    I also am very fond of your river photo. And the morning mist. We haven’t had any of that, though we are expecting some rain, so I think it might be on the way. Oh how we await each detail of spring as it arrives. It’s like Christmas morning with millions of perfect gifts 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Oh, what a great analogy! It is like Christmas, particularly when things start popping out of the ground – everyday a new surprise! Thanks, Heather. Have a great week.

  18. Beautiful descriptions and lovely photos. Thank you for sharing the beautiful part of your world.

  19. Debra says:

    Such beautiful photos! You have really captured moments. I almost feel like I was there — crisp air and snow crunches underfoot. Wow.

  20. ladyfi says:

    What a gorgeous walk. I really love that last shot.

  21. I so love being brought into your world!

  22. Robin says:

    Spring is whispering, “Soon…soon…” (Although maybe not too soon. We have snow in the forecast for Friday.)

    What a beautiful, wonderful walk, Eliza. I loved every moment of it. 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Robin. Yes, “soon, soon” spring will come. It is Nature’s joke on us to snow on the first day of spring. 🙂 It was 14 this a.m. and probably another day of that before the snow comes to ‘warm’ things up. The sun will prevail eventually. Thanks for stopping by!

  23. Maria F. says:

    Beautiful photography as usual. I seems the climate is getting better.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Maria. The overall trend is warming, but this morning was very cold @ 14F. Light snow is in the forecast, so we still yet have a way to go. 🙂

  24. What pure poetry, Eliza 😉 Such beautiful photos, and I’m thrilled to see a bit of a thaw- especially in your lovely creek. You’ve caught the sunlight so beautifully here 😉 May I re-blog your post? WG

  25. Reblogged this on Forest Garden and commented:
    Please join my blogging friend Eliza, from Massachusetts, for her “Dawn Walk.” Eliza describes her wintery walk in pure poetry, and illustrates it with exquisite photos. Let us keep our friends whose gardens remain frozen under snow and ice in our hearts. Spring has reached many of us, but in winter hangs on in New England. Eliza shows us its beauty. -WG

  26. creekrose says:

    enjoyed going on this dawn walk with you, a pleasure . . . thanks 🙂

  27. Robbie says:

    just lovely, you live in a beautiful place that you share through all it’s seasons to remind us…..peaceful:-)

  28. Rebecca says:

    Eliza, such gorgeous photos. I have been away (camping again!) and have just also caught up on all your black and white photos, too, which are so lovely. Thank you for your blog posts, which always light up my day.

  29. Absolutely beautiful photos!! I literally feel like I am there just by looking at them. I don’t feel that way about every picture I see. I feel some pull inside me, a very inspiring feeling they provoke! I love how there’s a gentle touch of sunlight that seems to be caressing the snow in the second picture. Winter truly is beautiful and you do an amazing job capturing that beauty! Your passion for life just oozes through your photos. Thanks so much for sharing and inviting your readers along on your journey! 😀

  30. I really like your beautiful photos here. It is so hard to hang on through the last days of winter, isn’t it? But I like it when there has been a rain and then mist rises from the snowy ground.

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