Ice Beauty

No matter how many years I have lived, I am still brought to utter delight by the icy beauty of plants in the sunshine, after a freezing rain. There is nothing so bright, so crystalline, so shimmering!

I have lived most of my life in Northern areas of the United States (except for 6 months in Texas when I was seven.) So we here are accustomed to all sorts of wintery weather. But today I am also thinking of my relatives in Texas who are in their own icy cold, so rare in that place that they are dealing with burst water pipes, lack of heat, lack of electricity. I wish for them and all their neighbors warmth, help, and support to face the challenges.

These are the among the dangers we face more and more from climate change, or as some say so accurately, climate catastrophe. I wish we could come together as one earth community to begin to live differently, to live as if our lives are totally dependent on our mother Earth and all of her beings. Because we are. And even working together we will face difficult days ahead. So much has already been lost and altered. And still, we must also be so compassionate during these difficult times, because unless we love, we can never come together as one earth community. And we must keep hold of joy and beauty, or we will lose hope altogether.

So I am sharing these photos from around our yard for beauty. May the beauty of nature help us in all of our troubling times!

Icy tree branches sparkling in the sun.
Icy plants against the fence.
Icy St. John’s Wort through the window.
Icy yew branches just outside the door.

3 thoughts on “Ice Beauty

  1. Thank you for this post. I love it! I agree completely with your words. And your pictures…absolutely gorgeous! I needed this today. My Mom died on February 8th and my cousin on February 14th of this year. My mom lived a good life, a content life, until 99 years old. One of the things that I have been doing to cope with her death is to go on nature walks. I find so much peace in nature…and then here is your post. As I read it, and then looked at these pictures of nature in its full glory, I just felt plain good. I keep scrolling through them, and every single time is like a breath of fresh air. I can totally get why seeing the crystalline beauty of plants and trees after rain and then a freeze is a favorite.

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