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Bejeweled, bedazzled,

Cased in glittering ice;


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Every leaf and stem ornamented

With shimmering bagatelles.


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Buds magnified

Through clear coats of cold;


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April’s promises preserved,


Perfectly presented.


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Icy prisms deflect the light;

Reflecting, not refracting;

A frigid glow on wintery  fog.



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Crystal clear coating coagulates

Out of misty air.


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Like dipping a candle, icicles grow

Thicker, longer, bumpier with each passing hour.



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Tinkling bells echo from garden to garden

As branches sway in the biting breeze,

And great ripping groans answer from the ravine.


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Symphony of sirens in the distance tell of travelers

Who have lost their way on glassy streets.


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A wicked wonderland, this ice coated world.

Weird and wonderful at once,


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Dazzlingly devious,

Dangerously delightful.


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Bejeweled and bedazzled,

Winter has dressed to thrill-


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Woodland Gnome 2015

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10 responses to “Bejeweled

  1. Well, this looks familiar 😉 I hope it hasn’t broken many of your trees and shrubs. This is definitely stay-at-home weather. It is beautiful, so beautiful in its glassy splendor, but watch your step. We bought grippers for our boots after the last icy storm to give us better purchase. Stay safe.

    • Grippers are a great idea. My husband just doesn’t want to stay inside, even as we listen to limbs cracking all around us. The bamboo took a pounding, and he has cut much of it back to protect the shrubs it was collapsing onto. I lost a lovely old Azalea yesterday which just toppled over from the base. It was top heavy from grazing on the lower branches… We’ll see what survives soon enough. Yes- definitely “stay at home” weather, and I’m so grateful we can do just that 😉 Best wishes, Hugs, WG

      • What a shame to lose your azalea, the bamboo will most likely take it in stride and probably come back with a vengeance.
        Yes, we are lucky to be able to choose not to go out, when many must punch the daily card, not that we didn’t pay our dues back when.

  2. This is such a gorgeous, gorgeous post, WG. Your images are beautiful, your prose is beautiful, it’s all beautiful. 🙂 I was out this morning admiring the sunlight and ice.

    • Thank you, Robin. Wasn’t it just breathtakingly beautiful this morning? We must have been out at the same time. I had over 100 photos before the coffee went on 😉 Hope you both are warm and dry. Most of our ice has melted now, but what a strange day 😉 Hugs, WG

  3. Beautiful pictures. I really do think that Winter gives us the very best picture opportunities. I know it’s ice but it is so pretty and makes everything look pretty. I especially loved the picture of the holly with its red berries and the ice droplets hanging from each leaf.

    • Thank you, Hugh. I agree, that winter offers some unique opportunities for photos. Yes, I love taking pictures of flowers and butterflies in summer- yet the ice is just magical. I took nearly 150 shots this morning. It snowed overnight very lightly, and then the sun was just dazzling as it rose this morning, making everything sparkle. There was a light mist, and it was just so very beautiful. We loved the holly photo, also 😉 Best wishes, WG

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