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Bare winter branches reveal the structure behind it all








Nature has exposed the skeletal structure behind it all right now. The bare bones, the strong shapes and the early signs of new life. Buds are being revealed, lichens and mosses are getting some extra light and the last remaining berries are still a feast for the wild things.

This exposure can seem vulnerable and delicate, yet so strong. The lacy branches against the occasional bright skies of January stopped me in my tracks today. Like long bony fingers they pointed me towards a growing strength across the land. Winter is the consolidation of energy....... waiting, resting, containing, preserving, until the right moment.

Winter has seeped into my own bones in a way I hadn't anticipated. I have slowed, paused, reflected and slept. The burrow is very cosy, but the hint of new life might rouse me sooner rather than later, the trick is recognising the right moment!








32 comments:

  1. The beautiful outlines of bare branches against either a blue winter sky or a winter sunset are one of my favourite things about this season.

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  2. Очень красивые снимки! Все!)

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  3. Lovely photography. I was driving in the countryside at sunset yesterday and wished I had time to stop and take photos. Yours remind me of that journey

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    1. Thank you fro taking the time to comment, it's good when you happen to have the camera and the time, doesn't aways work out that way as I know too well:~)

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  4. Pretty. And I love your thoughts of resting, but springing forth at the right moment.

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    1. Thank you so much for all your support and yes am ready to spring hope you are too:~)

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  5. Won't be too long before we are all roused from our winter rest - me personally, I can't wait for the spring sunlight.

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  6. Strange as we never really look forward to the winter months yet the sky, the light, and as you've captured the skeletal structures can stop you in your tracks.

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  7. That is so true Dee. I would say that since I started more closely observing nature I have noticed that there is a still beauty to many aspects of winter, even our grey days. That seems to be true of yourself too which I notice on your blog.

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    1. I agree. That's one reason I like to wait to clean up until spring.

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  8. Tree's are always a source of pleasure, each season shares different treats to the eye and soul. Once I've accepted autumn passing and the loss of leaves, I whole heartedly get enthralled with the bare structure of branches. The gift that just keeps giving. I guess it keeps the seasons up beat, always something to look forward too, budding spring next and fresh flushes of new green horizons.

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  9. I've never understood why some people run away every year when the winter comes--it's so beautiful and interesting (although I guess it's less pristine in dirty urban streets).

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  10. What a great idea, the structure and contrast of the branches against the blue sky are amazing. Very clever photographs, especially the robin. :-)

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  11. Łatwiej zobaczyć niebo i ptaszka na drzewie, jak nie ma nim liści. W tych gałązkach też jest urok, ale ja wolę jak drzewo jest zielone :-).Pozdrawiam.
    It's easier to see the sky and the bird on the tree, as it has no leaves. In these branches is also a charm, but I prefer how the tree is green :-). Yours.

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  12. I may be convinced to appreciate winter yet...

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  13. Unlike a lot of people I particularly like this time of yr for this very reason. There is something in the winter sun which clarifies the view and enables you to appreciate the bareness of branches as well as helping you to spot your favourite bird or 2. Lovely pics as always. Thank You....

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  14. First, I have to say, I love your last statement about winter seeping into your bones, and the willingness to be roused out of your burrowing.

    I love your photos of the branches. I have taken photos like that before of our tree, when we had it. Your post made me wonder if our tree has any buds yet, but then, I remembered we had to have it cut down last spring. I got sad for a minute, but I am excited to see how well the new plants in the front yard, mostly native, do when spring gets here.

    I hope we have more winter weather in January and February, and that when spring gets here, we won't have it then.

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  15. O I hope you get many new trees and can enjoy the buds again. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.

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  16. I love to allo at nature in winter, is when you can see natural design in trees and gardens, and you can also enjoy bright colors in many shrubs and bushes. Thanks for visiting my blog and become a follower. I will come back to yours regularly, good images! Best, Lula

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  17. I found myself drawn to the shapes of branches against the skyline lately, and took a number of test shots before Christmas. Your pictures are beautiful, as always. Even in Winter, there is plenty of colour around, if you just look.

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  18. Such beautiful images! I love the bare branches of winter, especially cast against a blue sky! Lovely!

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  19. What a fantastic way to capture the subtle beauty of a garden in winter.

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  20. You are right...to find the right moment is key. One thing I like about this time of year is that I can see all the branches and the inner structure of the trees and shrubs. Sometimes I discover some beautiful things.

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