Friday, March 20, 2009

"FOR LO, THE WINTER IS PAST..." ~ THE 'RITE OF SPRING' (VERNAL EQUINOX)

"Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems."
(Hubbard Lake sunset)

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For lo, the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth,

the time of singing has come
and the voice of the turtledove

is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth its figs,

and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise my love, my fair one,
and come away.


~ The Song of Solomon, 2:11-13











31 comments:

Roses and Lilacs said...

You chose a perfect poem for the first day of spring. The sunrise photos are lovely, a new day and a new season.
Marnie

Rose said...

Such beautiful images to begin my day! Thank you, Joey, and a happy Spring to you!

Tatyana said...

Majestic images! Uplifting and just breathtaking. Thank you Joey!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Stunning, and truly a beautiful way to welcome spring.

I am so glad that it is finally here.

Jen

joey said...

Welcome Marnie and Spring! This is the view from our cottage (on my way out the door now for a visit). We are most fortunate to enjoy both autumnal & vernal equinox sunset directly in front, over the lake.

Thank you, Rose. Spring has finally sprung! We are on our way to the lake to visit my sister, check on the cottage and enjoy another beautiful equinox sunset. Enjoy the gift of spring!

Welcome Tatyana and thank you. Isn't this a glorious day ... happy Spring!

Thanks Jen ... it's been a L O N G winter. Enjoy the gift of spring :)

garden girl said...

Happy Spring Joey! What a gorgeous view you have.

Enjoy your weekend! I'm sure you will.

joey said...

... and to you also, Linda. Yes, we're blesse. The view is what drew us to the place ... actually, it found us :) Happy Spring and kitchen garden!

Bren said...

Happy Spring - Is that still snow on the ground in your neck of the woods?

Superchef said...

the photos are just too perfect!! So fabulous and breathtaking! Spring is still not here , yet!

Thanks for visitng my blog and leaving your comments! :)

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Now if the weather just learns to pay attention to the calendar... ;-)

Naturegirl said...

A beautiful song of Spring! Wow these sunrise images are spectacular! Happy Spring to you!!

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

There's just something unspeakably magical about sunsets. You showed me some real stunners, Joey.
Brenda

Maggie said...

Beautiful sunsets! I love the last shot with the strong silhouettes.

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

Beautiful post Joey, both words and images.
Spring blessings to you, and thanks for the lovely card.
K

Gail said...

Hello Joey, What a lovely post...There is something deeply magical about a sunset over water...and your photographs are magical...Happy Spring Equinox, gail

joey said...

Happy Spring, dear Bren. We left home (no snow) to find the remains of winter still holding on here (3 1/2 hours north), a gift for all and especially the Great Lakes.

Thank you dear Superchef ~ spring has arrived and will touch each of us each sometime soon. Enjoy the moment ... it will find us all :)

We're on a roll, Monica, aren't we :) Winter is behind us even though we know it will tease a bit before bidding us adieu :)

I anxiously wait all winter for this moment, Naturgirl. As yours, my heart sings ... Yea spring!

So sweet, dear Brenda ... how about shared evenings ... one in your inviting outside room and one up here at the lake :)

Thank you, Maggie. Love your comment ~ silhouettes at dusk are haunting, watching the depth of evening grow.

Karen, you're a dear! Touched by your note, I'll respond. Rushed to leave this AM, we are here not only enjoying the moment but with a huge agenda for my visually impaired sister who also lives here getting her, after 2 years living with us, connected with her own life back here at the lake. Hugs.

Dear Gail ~ a joy to embrace this magical time of year. We're most blessed to see the remains of winter (a bit of snow and ice on our lake) & hope of spring (sunset at 7:48). Yea equinox!

spookydragonfly said...

Breathtaking! That second large capture is perfection! I can understand with all of its' beauty and warm memories of your father why this special place brings you so much calm. Oh, enjoy your stay! I'd never want to leave!

joey said...

Thank you, dear Kim. This lake holds huge memories ... I've been coming here since I was 4! Asked to do another benefit calendar for the lake, had hoped to run out with my camera this AM but woke to 6 inches of snow and it's still coming down ...perhaps tomorrow before we leave! A snowshoe day today :)

marmee said...

joey,

such lovely words about this most exciting season. it is a very inspirational time of the year. i never really understood it when i lived in florida. your sunsets over the lake remind me of our times at the cottage in canada. beautiful!

joey said...

Thank you, Marmee ... spring is exciting, isn't it! I love the seasons, each unique. The lake is home base for family/friends in summer who come from across the country to unite and celebrate.

Msrobin said...

Such beautiful poetry, and it's a bible verse no less. Just as pretty as your photos.

Shady Gardener said...

Joey, What beautiful photos! Happy Spring to you!! :-)

joey said...

Thank you, Robin. Blessings come with each day ... God's gift for the remains of the day and hope for the next says it best.

... and Happy Spring to you, dear Shady! Thank you for your kind thoughts.

Mary said...

Joey, these are beautiful images to greet the spring. Some images are as powerful as words.

Kathryn/plantwhateverbringsyoujoy.com said...

Absolutely gorgeous. You had me until I saw SNOW! ;)
LOL! Enjoy both worlds. Lucky you! Love, K

joey said...

Thank you, Mary. Sunsets are powerful, each unique.

Surround snow and icy lake, dear Kathryn, make for stunning photos. Some time next month, the lake will thaw and the loons will return. The angle of the sun changes dramatically as days lenghten and seem to last forever! Summer Solstice ... sunset 9:25 PM

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Hi Joey! Culinarily, I am like a child that knows no poems! So I have two questions that will probably seem really basic to you: 1) Where can I get a decent pepper grinder? Mine grinds the peppercorns too finely; I want them a little chunky. 2) I stumbled upon a cooking show and noticed they had these cute spout topper thingies on their olive oil bottles, so it pours out more finely. Awesome. What is that called? And where can I get it? Feel free to address me as you might a child: I normally shop at yard sales or Target, and have been inside a Williams Sonoma only once and that was to sample their peppermint bark (it was GOOOOD!). Thanks!

joey said...

I love your visits and wit, Monica! Good girl ... like good garden tools, everyone MUST own a decent pepper grinder and olive oil stopper/spout (or hold finger over liquor pouring spout). Though I love Williams-Sonoma (and blessed to be near a store) there are other great kitchen shops/stops near you like:

~ Bed Bath & Beyond (Ann Arbor store):
3645 Washtenaw Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 971 7633(or shop online and search for 20% off coupons)
~ Kohls also has great sales and kitchen stuff: http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/kitchendining.jsp
~ Macy's (I see 2 locations near you) Check local paper for weekly discount shopping coupons

Good luck or can always e-mail me ~ loonfeather@comcast.net. (I remember you were at Goldner-Walsh for an event(I think). Meeting with them tomorrow AM regarding Garden Club plantings here in the village. Yea Spring (at least the snow here has melted)!

Rob (ourfrenchgarden) said...

Hi Joey

Perfect poem and perfect pictures!

Rob

Kerri said...

Mesmerizing images, Joey! Thank you!
What a beautiful place you have there on the lake.
I love those verses from Song of Solomon.
Happy, happy spring to you! Isn't it wonderful?

joey said...

Thank you Rob. And I certainly have enjoyed visiting your piece of Paradise!

How thoughtful, Kerri. Indeed blessed to find this awesome site, some evenings are so powerful I have to pinch myself. We are both blessed ... your last post was also filled with stunning beauty. Yea spring!