You’ll see it in an icicle –
The cloudless, aqua sky.
In cobalt rivers, churning water
Into silver ice.
In shadows that streak landscapes
With steel bars of indigo,
In bitter wind that sculpts blue crystals
Into drifts of snow.
In sun-dappled depressions,
In star-filled, sapphire nights;
You’ll find the blues of winter
In daybreaks and in twilights.
I think this glacial color
Is my favorite, frosty hue.
Hand of Nature, swaddles Earth
In shades of winter blue.
– © 2008 Nancy Bond
Although it might be hard to find the colour BLUE actually growing this time of year (at least in my part of the world), there’s certainly no shortage of the hue in Nature. Winter brings with it some of the most beautiful skies — clear and cloudless days and dark, twinkling nights — as well as some of the most breathtaking landscapes. In keeping with the What Colour Is Winter? theme, I offer some of the blues I found this weekend.
The icicles pictured above were just a couple of the gigantic stalactites that hung from the eaves of my parents’ house. The entire south side of the roof dripped and refroze, creating these interesting formations.
As the shadows lengthened later in the day, a darkening sky offered a feeble outline of the rising moon.
As the sun continued to sink lower in the sky, a lavender-blue spread over frozen cakes of ice, left stranded on higher ground by the outgoing tide. (below)
Finally, Nature offers blue in the form of feathers — this likely thief posed politely before flying off with a beak full of peanuts.
This has been a fun exercise and has encouraged me to open my eyes a little wider to the wonderful colours of winter. We think of winterscapes as being neutral or colour-less, and indeed, that is true on some cloudy days. But if you keep your eyes open to the possibility of colour, even on those monotone days, you may catch a fleeting glimpse of bright yellow feathers, or notice the luminous red of a neighbouring barn. Last evening, we watched a rainbow form and fade in the eastern sky, so, even on the coldest of days, any colour is possible!