Sunday, February 23, 2014

Snow Skies and Crazy Ravens


Storms. Snow, sleet, and then rain the past week. 
I don't love rain on top of beautiful, fluffy snow, but 
the visual inspiration was rich. 



Early one morning, trees were frosted and a snow sky 
suggested that my drive home might not be so pleasant. 


I was taken by the muted sky tones and branching lines of dark trees. 









As the sky told me it would be, 
the drive home from work that day was treacherous. 
We were crawling along iced roads. 


A few days later, the sun came out and with it a warm that 
hinted at spring so off to walk I went.  




What exquisite form and color - an oak leaf emerging from 
the snow. I loved the arching fullness. 





For many years, Pasha and I sat outside in the fading afternoon light - our 
"last rays ritual" before he needed to come in before dusk and predator time. I've 
found myself outside several times this week, sitting on the stoop, watching the sun 
dip behind the trees, missing my dear friend. Today, just as I sat down, a crazy raven called from the forest. I remember once reading that if you go into the forest and 
hear some crazy sounds you can't identify, its probably a raven. You will also hear
the dripping, melting snow on the tin roof. 

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32 comments:

  1. A lovely post. Your observations and connectivity to the forest around you is always an inspiration and joy to behold.

    Love the delicate, rosebud shaped pinecones.

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    1. Hemlock cones, Lisa... they are so sweet, aren't they?

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  2. driving on ice is scary....
    sunset rituals are lovely
    those ravens really do make a lot of noise
    it is a joy to see your photos

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    1. Thanks, Tammie - photos seem to be what I can manage in terms of creativity at present. Soon, that will shift, I think. And, yes to all the rest.

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  3. I have never heard that sound before, but if I do, I'll know its Crazy Ravens!
    I feel your sadness in this post. Hopefully the time will come soon that you find another kitty to win your heart.

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    1. I thought I masked the sadness, Carol, I guess not!! Yes, keep an ear out for those crazy ravens, these are just SOME of their outragious sounds!!

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  4. Yikes, so icy! Take it slow, V.
    The silvery light is so beautiful.
    Spring edges closer... I hope!
    -sus

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    1. Good ol' studded snow tires are very appreciated in icy conditions, but I do take it slow, no other option, really!!

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  5. Sounds like a jungle, with an interesting beat on the tin roof. Hope that spring will visit you soon and wishing you peace of heart.

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    1. Thanks, Stregata. I heard all kinds of different rhythms over the past few days!

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  6. Such a contrast in the photos, lovely photos btw

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  7. Beautiful skies and lovely panorama complete with crazy raven soundtrack.

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    1. I love my neighbor ravens - they probably say, oh, there is that crazy lady again, out singing to the trees...

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  8. such beautiful silver greys & love your crazy raven!

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  9. VA - beautiful soft skies and memories. B

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  10. Wishing warmth to your soul - what a winter season for you,,,

    crazy raven huh? I was happy to hear the trill of my favorite bird today,,, the redwing blackbird.

    hugs,
    san

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  11. Looking up through the branches at the blue sky, lifts my spirits. Beautiful photographs Valerianna.

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    1. Thanks, Robyn... I love looking up through the branches at the blue sky, too.

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  12. Those soft, pearly skies overlaying the sun and the dark branches cupping the air are just exquisite...and then the blue sky happiness that follows. What a lovely sundown ritual you have. I imagine ravens sounding like crows, only deeper...but I imagine they make dozens of sounds, clever as they are.

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    1. Raven sounds are really quite something, Carmine. They sometimes have this almost metallic sound and sometimes like a honk even. So whacky.

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  13. What a difference a few days make - that blue sky is glorious and the sound of the melting snow on your tin roof has its very own rhythm.

    The gentle memories of your last rays ritual with Pasha will be with you always Valerianna. Close to your heart. x

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    1. The melting snow sound has been replaced with whipping winds and frigid air. We're all frozen here again!!

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  14. Beautiful images - love the subtle skies and that emerging oak leaf looks so robust and solid! Drive safely xx

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    1. I loved that about the oak leaf - its seeming solidity.

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  15. these beautiful smoky, inky photos of branches would be beautiful paired with your tree series!

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    1. They would, Dee, an interesting idea!!

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  16. your photos are a journey
    towards healing and finding footing for the work of the studio
    i'm glad you're feeling that urge
    rest and be gentle with yourself
    we are vascillating between glorious sun, sleet and snow
    with goldfinches and grackles thrown in the mix

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I love reading your comments and sometimes I'm good at responding right away, sometimes not! Glad you had a wander here, I hope you found the mossy path soft on your feet and heard the call of the Raven.