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“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

blue ice

blue ice

Spring in Alaska is a gentle affair. The last couple of days started with crystal clear skies and cold temperatures. Just before sunrise it is usually the coldest, single digits or below. As soon as the sun climbs above the horizon around 8:45 AM the temperature rises and climbs near 32F. The snow becomes soft and melts in exposed areas. Icicles dangling from the corners of our roofs start dripping. At certain angles the illusion of colors appear. White and blue are still the dominant hues.

red ice

red ice

My bell pepper seeds have germinated. The first pair of leaves have appeared. I believe it is time to move them to the green house, at least during the day.

Spring #2

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Inside Out
in a sea of darkness

in a sea of darkness

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.”

Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver is an American poet, winner of Pulitzer price for poetry, who escaped my attention until yesterday. Her poetry is about Nature and of Fundamental Truth that speaks to me. Hope, encouragement, and motivation are present in her poems without being overbearing. There will be more if her poems in the coming days…

The Uses of Sorrow

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Inside Out

“The purpose of life is…

to enjoy every moment.”

just another magic moment

just another magic moment

I always felt steeping tea is more… inspirational,

than brewing coffee.

Found the above quote attached to my tea bag.

I think, I rest my case.

What more is there to write about?


The purpose of life is…

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“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived”

Henry David Thoreau

raus of light on the mountain tops

mountain light

So why did I come to the woods? For some peace and solitude?

To see what nature can teach me? So far I learned how important it is to bundle up, when it is below zero.

Taking care of some hardy horses every day.

To plan and prepare food for others.

To start the oven in the morning, although it is still dark and cold.

Simple things you need to do, because there is nobody else around to take care of things.

Today we hauled firewood, split it, so we can have another cozy fire tonight (while watching Monday night football via satellite TV). I guess that is part of the new way of “living in the woods”.

Nature #2

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“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread,
places to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal and
give strength to body and soul.”

John Muir

Waves of fresh snow created by wind and sun

— winter waves —

A day of snowfall without wind is followed by a some blistery winds. Yesterday the lake ice was covered with a cushion of soft snow, even, untouched. Today the wind starts to form ripples, not unlike waves.

Standing in the middle of the lake, fantastic.

I cannot stay long and play or pray, as John Muir suggests, but I take a picture with me and return to my warm shelter.

Nature #2

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