Monday, December 22, 2008

Small Beauties

Inside, the house is crowded with greenery, Christmas decorations, bright colors and strings of little white lights -- all the excess and trappings of the season as we attempt to turn back the darkness. But outside, Nature's decorations are spare -- a minimalism that's refreshing and makes me stop to look at the little things .

Two months ago we were inundated in leaves, overwhelmed with Autumn, drowning in red and gold and orange and coral, but today it's the singularity of this one leaf-- this single brown leaf posed against a chunk of white quartz -- that catches my eye.

And this unseasonable forsythia blossom -- in Springtime it would be only an anonymous speck in a fountain of yellow but here at the beginning of winter it's a candle in the dark, a promise of rebirth from bare branches.

Small beauties of Nature's quiet season.

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Pat in east TN said...

It's amazing what a person can find when they slow down and just look around.

Tammy said...

I'm the one from Ozark, Missouri, although that isn't 'my' town. I think it must be the tower or something that it goes through. Fascinating little critter, for sure. ;-)