Sunday, December 21, 2014

Blessed be...

The perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of this time of year is a trip to Magic Wings in Deerfield, Massachusetts.  I went yesterday with my daughter Carrie and her friend from her camera club, M. J. to take a few snaps of the butterflies…

M. J. snapped this one of me and a friend.

We enjoyed the cheer of the bright flowers.

When we left, it was golden hour, which this time of year might better be called “golden fifteen minutes.”

This morning we woke to a dusting of snow.

Winter Solstice Chant

Children of the Earth,
we have come to sing to each other,
Sister to Brother,
songs of our Mother Earth.

Children of the Earth,
Autumn soon will breathe her last breath and
quick will her death bear
witness to Winter’s Birth.

Children of the Earth,
can you feel the air getting cold as
darkness takes hold and
sleep covers Mother Earth?

Children of the Earth,
we have come to sit in the darkness,
breathe in the silence,
think of our Mother Earth.
~Phillip Palmer

A peaceful Winter Solstice to all of you.  Blessed be.


TexWisGirl said...

just a lovely slow-down to the day. :)

Linda said...

Gorgeous captures.

Lydia Martin said...

Just so beautiful...what a wonderful idea for this time of year! Those are some really nice crisp captures....really, you are looking pretty much like us outside ~

Brian King said...

Beautiful photos! The second and third butterflies are just awesome! Love the last photo, too!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

That would make an excellent place to visit this time of year! Lovely butterflies. My favorite is the third one. The wings look transparent.

Happy Winter Solstice to you! May light break the darkness!

Debbie said...

The butterfly images are stunning! Happy golden hour!

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Wonderful post!
Best regards!

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

Great post. Loved the solstice lines at the end. Err - there's nothing commonplace about those fabulous photographs!

Nicki said...

Amazing detail on these and the flower and as if that wasn't good enough - some amazing scenic shots - wow, you are too good to us. :)

Joyful Winter Solstice.

Mariusz from Nowy Sacz said...

Your photo is a feast for the eyes. :)
Merry Christmas !!!

M. J. said...

Lovely post and fabulous photos. Thanks for introducing me to Magic Wings. I'll definitely return, especially at times when I'm in need of warmth, color and life.

Juliana said...

Merry Christmas!
Best wishes from Ukraine!

xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :) | PJ’ Ecoproject

Kerri Farley said...

Oh I LOVE LOVE LOVE your butterflies!
Hope you've had a nice holiday season!!!