Monday, February 26, 2007

Color(ful) for One Deep Breath

leafless trees
just beyond the brown hilltops
spring waits there


This week's poetry prompt at One Deep Breath is color(ful). You might've noticed lately that I enjoy photographing the landscape when there is snow cover. There's not been very much of it this winter, but I especially like a view like this when there is nothing but a range of browns, made even more noticeable blanketed in white. I love the contrasts, and play them up when I edit a photo like this.

On this particular day I was anxious to walk along the field's edge and to see the wet bottomlands where skunk cabbage should be emerging. Soon, on a warmish and windless night, the woodcock will make its first twittering display flight from the stubble to the right of the path. Later into the season will come the mourning cloaks and the bluebirds and a kestrel to hover above the newly green fields on the welcoming breeze of a spring day.

But not yet. I couldn't take a step towards that hillside or the marsh beyond the scene I captured here. The ice-crusted snow made it all unreachable. Spring is there, over the hilltop, and after the thaw.

31 comments:

Mary said...

Yay! You know it's coming, Laura. Maybe it's time to put the snow behind (although March can be a wicked snow month) and enjoy what's ahead.

Your Haiku is wonderful. Reminds me to try again...

You really know how to force me to think ahead to the good things. I needed this today.

Cathy said...

More poetry, Laura. This is just beautiful - the haiku and the prose. I'm so impatient for Spring and share your longing for a glimpse of skunk cabbage - the twittering of the Woodcock at dusk.

Dave said...

Where's the snow? :) We seldom have snow days here.

LauraHinNJ said...

Dave you smart-alek! When don't you have snow in Alaska?

LauraHinNJ said...

Mary: March is a tough month, so close to real spring, but not quite. Some things to look forward to anyway - osprey mostly are what I look forward to.

Cathy: I don't think I got out last yeat to see the woodcock, but hope to this year.

Jayne said...

Oh I see it Laura, the spring just over the hill, and long for it's warmth and longer days.

dguzman said...

The only thing I love about the relentless advance of time: the sureness that spring will indeed come again.

Hey laura--could you email me? Got a question for you. dguzman1@sial.com

Lynne said...

Please keep reminding me that spring is coming! We got nailed with a good snowstorm over the weekend and another is forecast later this week.

Endment said...

"spring waits there"

perfect post!

vicki said...

best three liner I've read in months. Perfect, indeed.

Anonymous said...

Those are my favorite kind of trees, Laura. I like the brown tones, too, a good thing because we haven't had that much snow. Not that I am complaining about that!
Your haiku is very lovely. I have just been to ODB, and nobody's seems to be home! There must be a problem somewhere.

Sandy said...

That was me!!!!

Floridacracker said...

Your kestrel is here. I see him every morning on the powerlines, studying the roadshoulder grass.
Soon come.

Becca said...

Lovely, tranquil haiku and I liked your accompanying story.

I'm hopeful that spring is hiding somewhere behind all the grey skies here.

Dave said...

Nice photo processing!

LauraHinNJ said...

Dave: Glad you found something nice to say about the pic.

;-)

Becca: Hi, thanks for coming by. There isn't any color showing here yet.

FC: Very rarely I spot a kestral in the winter here - doing the very same thing they do eveywhere - hanging out on the power lines.

Sandy: The links at ODB are up now - I like that they're waiting a day or two to post them.

Vicki: Thanks, you're kind.

endment: I'm sure I stole that line from somewhere.

Lynne: Someday your spring will come - we'll keep our eye out for it, okay?

dguzman: Yep, before long we'll be complaining about the heat.

Jayne: Yes! Enough dark and gloom already!

Jodi said...

Beautiful photo and haiku. It reminds me how spoiled I am in Southern California, where we've had a bit of an early Spring. My blossoming pear tree has flowered and I have green grass growing for the first time in months in my back yard.

Shelley said...

Ah, sweet anticipation. Nicely captured.

Follow My Ink said...

Love the picture, I'm still enjoying the seasons of both winter and spring. Beautiful.

paris parfait said...

Terrific haiku - nice to know that spring waits beyond the stark treeline.

Crafty Green Poet said...

The photo is stunning. I enjoyed your haiku and story too, spring is waiting!

jem said...

Great. A really strong sense of spring, and thereby its colours, being close but just out of reach.

Brian said...

I've always liked browns.

Your photo looks like a painting, stark yet trembling with potential.

The haiku is spare just like the picture.

Liza Lee Miller said...

Fantastic, Laura. And your last paragraph was magical. Wow!

And, I'm cracking up as I type because the security word for this comment is "eeetwwky"

How funny is THAT? :)

get zapped said...

Breathtaking photo! And the haiku is wonderful! I smile and send a hopeful spring thaw your way.

Regina Clare Jane said...

Such a beautiful picture and haiku- it makes me long for just a little snow- but no chance where I live!

Remiman said...

LauraHinNJ
Stark, patiently waiting for spring. You've captured the essence in One Deep Breath.
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LauraHinNJ said...

Jodi: Thank you. I almost can't imagine enjoying spring without the cold and anticipation that come before.

Shelley: Thank you for saying so.

follow my ink: I don't know where you are, but March, especially, is such a tease with the feel of spring one day followed by a few days of winter.

paris parfait: Yes - can't you just see it there?

crafty green poet: Glad you liked it. What is spring waiting for?

;-)

Jem: Hi and thanks. I think spring feels so much closer when you're aware of the small changes - in the light, increased bird song and insect activity, etc.

Brian: Yes! All those browns make me want to learn some synonyms.

Liza: Some Blogger employee just have lots of fun dreaming those up.

get zapped: Thanks - send more sun please!

regina: Aww that's too bad - snow makes you appreciate the greens when they come.

remiman: Thanks. I have fun trying anyway.

Hundred and one said...

*sigh* Spring, how I long for it to arrive. Lovely haiku.

Tammy said...

I loved the contrast you captured in the photo. Your haiku set the scene beautifully.

megan said...

that's an "ah" photo...there's a perfectly balanced tension between the brown and the white...the positive and the negative space...nicely done. Also liked the spareness of your haiku and the last line of your narrative..."Spring is there, over the hilltop, and after the thaw."