Saturday

Sunrise and Seasmoke




...click pictures to enlarge to feel the effect and imagine looking out from high on a bluff...



The extreme cold of the night has given way to a most delicate sunrise... a little later in appearing today.... due to the mass of seasmoke rising, mounding and billowing above the surface of the Bay of Fundy...

...blocking the view of our neighboring province... Nova Scotia... 30 miles away... altogether...





To watch this happen is like receiving a gift.... from the world... such anticipation...




Light and colors changing... as... and when Nature decides...




Across the snow covered yard...




Past the village below... out into the Bay of Fundy...



The Seasmoke rises... illuminating the tidal marsh ... in various shades of beauty...




It is Glorious!............................ It is Magnificent!..........


...actually words can hardly describe the emotional response this draws forth....





It can't be packaged.... bought or sold...

It gives itself... free of charge.... to anyone who waits for it...


...or if that soul happens upon it by chance.... they will never forget it....
and they too... will become one of those who wait....





This is Mother Natures offering............ her way of saving grace when she causes us mere mortals to endure these -20C temperatures...

A Balance, I would say.....

.

40 comments:

PG said...

Ooooof! -20???? Cold cold cold! But so beautiful!

Anet said...

That is just unreal!
I still don't know how you get anything done with the views from your windows.
I would just be staring out the windows...wasting the day away.
I like that word "seasmoke"
I feel so blessed that I get to see the beauty of The bay of Fundy.
It's just amazing!!!

Sandy said...

Ohhhhh....ahhhhhhhh....cold.... inspiring....beautiful....mystical and I LOVE these photos.

Sandy said...

I had to set that bottom one looking out the window...I had to set that as my desktop background, I hope you don't mind but ....I want to look at this everytime I'm on my computer.

Arija said...

Gwen your Seasmoke is as inevitable as a Tsunami, as soft as down and strikingly beautiful as love. To lose oneself in it's whiteness aah.
We too had a glorious sunrise this morning, not a spectacular phenomenon like yours, but good enough for me to shoot the head off my camera, about 100 photos! Almost all well worth it. It was a broad brush watercolour sky just made for painting. Then the sheep came up the milky way to grace the red light on the dry grass. Wish you had been here to witness it.

Deborah Carr said...

These fill my heart...which was feeling quite empty this morning.

Sharon said...

Wow.......that would make the cold bearable! Amazing.

denise said...

Wow - that is so beautiful. It is like you have a view of the heavens and all that lies below. Your perch is amazing in all seasons.

kathi dunphy said...

Ahh Gwen, you are so brave to be up that early in such awful cold. While you were taking these lovely photos I had the quilts pulled up to my eyebrows. The house felt barely above freezing this morning!

Ruth said...

I'm . . . speechless . . . !

Gwen Buchanan said...

PG.. the beauty of this I can't keep to myself...


Anet.. pretty amazing isn't it.. it doesn't happen every morning but when it does ... be prepared to stand spellbound...

Oh Sandy Please do..I'm flattered! It is plain to me now, that I should have washed the windows sooner... salt spray on the outside and woodsmoke on the inside..
Now I'll think of you looking out, each day with me.. that feels nice...

Oh Arija, Impossible to stop clicking when an intoxicating subject presents itself, isn't it?... the thought of being able to capture beauty is hard to believe... this use to be only for our memories to hold for us... or storytellers or painters.. now almost everyone can hold beauty in their hands for a time... hard to describe the feeling...

Gwen Buchanan said...

Thanks Deborah, It is very humbling to see natures grand acts... the sunrise on stage and the sea rising to meet it.. it feels as if I could never get close enough to it, till I disappeared inside of it...


Sharon, That usually does the trick... a beauty in exchange for a big chill.. not a bad deal..

I feel blessed every day of life, Denise, ... I never knew I would live at a place like this... seems like the closed in nature of my other home was saving my strength for this...

Ahh kathi... You Sleepyhead... I took these at 9:15... I should have worn something on my hands ... it was so cold.. but I couldn't resist it....
How do the animals and birds do it? the ravens and crows were flying in circles as if they enjoyed it and were making a game of it... We have to get back to basics...

Ruth.. I was too!!! Thank you...

dberube-art said...

Beautiful landscape shots!!!

Melanie said...

Hello Gwen
I am about to take a break and couldnt go without wishing you a Merry Christmas and I look forward to following your inspirational blog in 2009.
Cheers
Melanie

Angela Wales Rockett said...

Oh wow!

Chris said...

Gwen, What an glorious sight. It must just make your soul sing to watch moments like these. Home safe from Duluth and happy to have our son with us again. Thanks for your Christmas wishes :) Chris

rauf said...

Thank goodness we don't have to migrate like we used to. That would be pretty chaotic in present conditions. Human body is not equipped to deal with extreme conditions like the polar bear. But the polar bear doesn't posses a university degree. human intelligence compensates for lack of adaptability. Keeping yourself warm is an expensive affair, luckily heating is available.
Things are going fine now.
What if ?
and for how long ?
Survival takes the highest priority, not comfort.
Please save Gwen, and think of buying some land in Asia. i would advise the same to Ruth, sharon Loring and your friends over there, not for yourself but for the future generation.
Pictures are gorgeous Gwen.
Merry christmas to you and your family and friends.

Pam said...

That is stunning.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Thank you so much, David, Angela and Pam.. this is the best I could do to send the beauty your way.. Glad you enjoyed them... Merry Christmas...

Melanie that is sweet of you.. enjoy your break.. you have worked hard and you deserve it!..

Chris, it truly does!! have a wonderful Christmas with your family near...

Gwen Buchanan said...

Rauf, Thank you for the investment tip.. I welcome your sage advise... you are much more world traveled than I...and have seen things I could never imagine.. I welcome that you have opened up my world.

Yes, how we forget the journeys that have gone on before, the searching for the necessary things that sustain life...

yes, heating can be hard on the pocketbook even though we use the most economical methods going... solar and wood... I often wonder how people ever migrated this far north to try and survive all year round.. I guess it is where one is born that sometimes determines this.. over much time.. and here we are.. wondering...
I wish you the very best in your life's journey ... wherever you go come back safe and with even more understanding to share with us...

The most Merry Christmas to you and yours, my dear.

painter girl said...

Oh so sweetly, gently exquisite. Thank you for showing us your amazing landscape birthing its way into morning.

I so hope you have a wonderful winter family time in your beautiful home. Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Leanne

mansuetude said...

{ do i have to speak }

{ ... ... ... ..... }

the heartbeat
--

the blue tones music
snow in the craigy earthen cliffs and trees reach towards the seeming

earth has a generous heart... inside you.

(toes want warm water)

laura said...

Absolutely amazing! I have never seen (or heard?) or seasmoke--it's literally awesome. What a gorgeous, inspiring place you in.

VioletSky said...

It is a shame we can't all of us manage a town home and a country (or seaside) home. We could have the best of both worlds.

seth said...

Truly magnificent. What a magical and spectacular sight to see.

I LOVE BLACK AND WHITE said...

Absolutely wonderful, amazing! I love your photos!

Morna said...

Gawd! Glorious, indeed!

Don said...

various shades of beauty indeed

where there's smoke there's fire and those photos are smokin' hot!

asti said...

That is a most fantastic sight, absolutely stunning, I couldn't tear myself away. You lucky thing ! I thought -5 was cold....it's turned mild here now at 11 degrees, which is not very festive....sunny though.

Have a lovely Christmas :)

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

Gwen - what beautiful and magical moments you have captured.
Karen

shicat said...

Your photos and your post are magic. Stay warm,it's coooold in Michigan too.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Thanks Leanne, That is such a perfect way to express this moment. I wish you the happiness of the season too.. Hope you have some time for a welcome rest...


mansuetude... a deep sigh is what is often drawn from me... love your heart ... I am speechless most of time when the sea and sky do their pirouettes...


Thank you Laura, Till I came here I never knew of it either and I only lived 45 miles away inland... I think they were keeping it as their own private secret..

Sanna, What a treat that would be... I love seeing your impressions of around the city.....

Seth, a million abstract inspirations.. beautiful to see anothers observations...

Thank you, I Love B/W, a sunrise in Black and white .. would it be a sunrise or just form?...

Gwen Buchanan said...

Hi Morna, Thanks.. I have been loving your glorious creations you have been adding to your blog and you Grandmother Neanies outlook..

Don, From the steam that body of water is giving off it looks warm enough to dive right into... Only If you wanted a heart attack!!!

Asti, We had the wildest blizzard go through here last night I thought it would take the roof off... the most powerful winds I have felt since we moved here... it is a balmy -9C now... merry Christmas to you and your family too...

Thank you Karen, the wonders of digital cameras too.. the visions we can behold even in the dark of night..

Thanks Cathy, I think these storm systems have multiplied and are bombarding us all over North America.. well at least us in the colder areas... wrap yourself up and hug a hot chocolate...

Jo Horswill said...

What a gift...

Gwen, peace and joy to you and your family, thank you for sharing so much beauty here...Safe and happy journey into 09 to you and yours...will see you in the New Year, Jo xx

tumbleweed said...

mother nature conjures up some fantastic magic when she puts her mind to it...

Jacky said...

Isnt nature a wonderful thing!

Thanks so much for sharing these magical photos, I have so enjoyed them. (love that word seasmoke too).

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and much health and happiness for the New Year.

Jacky xox

Serena said...

WOW! This is amazingly beautiful and how lucky you are to be privy to this breathtaking view.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Jo I wish I could give you every morning...

Tumbleweed... and she has her mind on it a lot too...

Thanks Jacky, isn't it just magical!!!

Serena, I never would have imagined I would live in such a place...

Kathy McCreedy said...

Superb post, Gwen! What a spectacular site, thank you for sharing the view with us... happy holidays, all my best, Kathy. xoxo

Gwen Buchanan said...

You are very welcome, Kathy, it was my pleasure.... Nice to hear from you!!