There is a certain stillness you feel in the winter. The cold makes you not want to move about – just to watch around you and stay warm. But you know that outside in the fresh air, other stuff is happening. The winter weather does things to nature – it slows it down to a slow crawl. But inside nature, things are still happening. Lambs are being born. Maple tree sap is beginning to flow. Leaves and blooms are starting to bud. Ideas are being hatched. Everyone is looking forward to what will come in the spring and then summer.
I’m feeling it too. It was so windy and cold the other day but I knew it was one of the last beautiful days of winter – when I really needed my wool coat, knit hat and scarf, and gloves. I love the feeling of being warm outdoors when everything else if cold. I stopped by the sunflower field and crunched around on top of the snow.
There were long sunflower shadows.
There were dried seed heads that fed the birds this winter.
There were hundreds of stalks that are dry and crisp and ready to shatter once the tractor plows through. The stalks will disappear into the soil to nurture the new shoots and blooms.
It’s good to know that everything comes around again – flowers, animals, fashion – nothing is ever over – it just gets re-cycled.