The days are lengthening. Round about this time, our dad would say, “Now we’ve broken winter’s back.” Experience tells me it hasn’t happened quite yet, despite this January thaw, but we are headed in that direction.
In fact, winter hasn’t yet made a creditable appearance, up here in Toronto. So to find some of Winter’s Beauty, this month’s theme in Gardening Gone Wild’s Picture This photo contest, I had to search my archives.
To me, this little fragment of melting ice looked like a heart on a fragile stem, almost flowerlike. A few minutes more in the sun, and it would cease to be. That evanescence seems to be at the very heart of winter’s beauty. It’s a reminder to open our eyes, minds and hearts to those fleeting moments of joy or beauty at all times of year.
Melt your cold, cold heart is what I call it – which will have me humming Hank Williams for the rest of the day. Although there’s nothing botanical about the picture, it was taken in my garden. Might that count as a water feature?
(Unaccustomed as I am to sizing photographs, I’m hoping the image meets the technical requirements. Let’s just say, it was 480×640 when it left my laptop. Fingers crossed!)