Friday, February 20, 2009

Almost Monochrome



From the back room





out to the back field





where the partridges sat 2 days ago...





No need to go to the woodshed... the wood-rack is full...





No sunrise today





a snowstorm is blowing through...





From the trees, to the steeple, to the shore, to the sea...





...Max and Gabi





make their way...





nothing to do in the garden yet...





Good day to stay in





unless you're a boy or a dog....






...if you look really close you can see a seagull sitting on the top of the steeple
, it is one of there favorite perches...


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44 comments:

pRiyA said...

This is a meditation.
Awe inspiring!

Arija said...

Gwen, your wonderful surrounding are a fairy tale in pictures, simply inspiring!

rauf said...

your page was on since morning Gwen, and suddenly music started playing. i was wondering where from. i found the source at the end of your page.

you don't have to wait too long for some colour Gwen, its round the corner.

Ruth said...

It looks as though you already had a snowstorm! We're expecting one today, was supposed to start 2 hours ago but hasn't yet. Maybe we'll get 7 inches.

Max and Gabi are getting good exercise, not so easy to do in the winter. The views behind them are spectacular.

Thank you for the views. We'll be staying indoors today too.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Thank you Priya... it did have a very calming effect on us ...

Arija, Thank you... everything felt so quiet...

Rauf, Good thing its snowy... we have jewelry stock to build up .. when summer hits, it is hard to stay inside...

Ruth, the last couple years have not let us forget the depths of winter...We've had a thick layer of snow on the ground all this season.. no let up...
as for the storm heading your way...Keep your shovel handy!!

Shelley said...

A picture tells a story - many pictures tell so much more. Bless you and your sharing spirit.

As always, I am awestruck by the beauty that surounds you Gwen my dear.

They truly are enjoying the snow and a day off of School are they not :).

Rebecca said...

Beautiful pics Gwen. Nature's palette is usually so varied but winter seems to reduce it substantially. Still beautiful though. Still inspiring.....

In contrast to your winter wonderland, spring is definitely in the air here - the snow has gone, we've put washing out on the line for the first time in ages, and there was no need to wear a coat when I went out earlier. Time to get planting methinks!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Hi Shelley, yes they had 2 days off(one was a teacher day)... Today the sun burst forth and the sky is bright blue... such a difference ... need sun/snow glasses though...

Rebecca, I am so glad to hear Spring is arriving in the UK.. may be there is hope for us after all.. very heartening.. I want to hang clothes on the line so bad... and plant many more things in the green house this year...

Shayla said...

Beautiful!

Oh, and thanks for the cookies :)

Seth said...

Sensational photographs of spectacular views. What a wondrous place to live!

Hillary said...

Stunning Gwen, I miss a proper winter. Your view changes so quickly, pristine each time it snows, stunning photography and such a beautiful place to observe it from.

twisted sister said...

Did you mention seagulls?
They get everywhere don't they?

Anet said...

I love that steeple!
It's really quiet beautiful, all the grey and white. But I'm ready for spring anytime now.
Heartstrings tugged with the Maxi and Gabi photos:) Just precious!

Chris said...

Ooh a snow day! I do miss seeing my son out playing in the snow with Jack. Brings back wonderful memories.

Don said...

It was also a good day for an artist to be out and about.

I can almost smell spring, except it has been snowing most of the day.

I don't mind taking from each day what it brings to me. It looks like you do too.

Melanie said...

I am looking at these pictures as I huddle under an airconditioner.
So beautiful!

VioletSky said...

What, you don't like frozen shirts?

I'm appreciating the washed out colours of winter - in photographs.
And we are in for more of it tonight.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Your welcome Shayla.. Those low cal virtual ones are the best!

Seth , I saw a view from your studio on a blog and that is pretty amazing.. the sights you must see from there!!

Hillary, it really does change quickly .. often in the summer as quick as you can change your mind!!!

Twisted Sister.. they do get everywhere.. the crazy things sure can catch a breeze though..

Anet, I'm with you! spring couldn't come too soon... But for now I am making up for fresh grown lettuce by making bean sprouts..well actually lentil sprouts... fresh and crunchy.. it is tiding me over so far!!

Chris, Sure would be nice if we could keep them with us forever.. I sure missed my other children when they went off on their own...

Don you should have a great garden this spring with all that chicken manure you have been collecting the past year... that is one of their big benefits along with their eggs!!

Melanie, Hope they helped cool you off.. I'll send you all you want!!!

Sanna, Naa,, gave them up as a bad habit.. Oh no, don't tell me another storm is moving in... we always to get it next... I forget what earth looks like..

painter girl said...

Beautiful Gwen. I can hear the silence that the snow brings falling over your land. I miss the quieting blanket of snow we used to have growing up. It is so magical.

Robyn said...

Brrrr.....very beautiful though. I like the thought of having to stay inside to create jewellery whilst the cold air races around the house.

herhimnbryn said...

I can imagine waking up in that room and hearing the sound of 'snow silence'.

Beautiful images G.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Leanne, Thank-you, we are back to a school-canceling snow-day again today.. I had to shovel snow away from the door from the inside using my trusty dustpan to let the dogs out...

Thanks Robyn, I cheated.. i drew and painted instead.. no pressure...

Indeed herhimnbryn, Thank you... that is the quietest room in the house!! how did you guess?

Sandy said...

It looks so cold there...but it makes for gorgeous photos. Love the inside pics as well.

Debbi said...

Hi Gwen, what a sensational series of photographs. You really conjure up the cold beauty and mystery of winter. But I can't really see the seagull atop the church steeple.

Danielle Barlow said...

They look like they had a whale of a time. I love the way that snow muffles everything, and silences the world!
( I also love your skull painting - it's gorgeous!)

BLACK AND WHITE said...

Quiet contemplation! Thank you, Gwen!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Thanks sandy.. at least the wind has stopped blowing!!

Debbi, you have to blow up the picture and use a magnifying glass.. it is the same color as everything else these days.. I wish I had gone in closer.. Hope you had a great holiday!!

Thanks Danielle, Yes the snow acts like a big blanket of insulation.. my picnic table disappeared down there somewhere...

Thank-you Black and white.. everything feels soft... I am feeling sorry for the deer and animals in the forest... I have not seen any deer this year, which is unusual..

flyinamber said...

beautiful photos as always..
although it seemed the spring comes,we have the snow again here :(

Carol said...

Just breathtakingly beautiful...I love snow and winter but I am about ready for a shift, some sign of things to come, a hint of life...

Gwen Buchanan said...

Dada,, you too.. There is a lot of snow this year.. it reminds me of back when I was a kid.. this is how much snow we always got then!!

oh Carol, I do like the seasons but I know if it was warmer out I'd be out there but then I wouldn't be getting my work done.. always a dilemma......

laura said...

So beautiful--elegant, serene. wish I could be there!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Pristine beauty.
Very Ethan Frome, too.

mad angel said...

Hi. I clicked through from All in a Day, because I had to tell you how much I love your profile pic. I have Corgis, and it looks like a Corgi to me. Is it? Or is it one of your own pups? Anyway, I do love that picture!
Cheers!
Paula
aka mad angel

Gwen Buchanan said...

Laura.. it is very serene... I'm sure you could make a beauty of a watercolor of it.. all those varied blue shadows are amazing..

Thanks Pamela and Edward... I think I would like reading this book.. I actually found it online.. Even from reading a few lines on the first page, I see what you mean!

Hi Mad Angel! Thanks for the visit.. I see you are a mad spinner too... One of my favourite things that I don't have time for these days.. but I keep it out so I won't forget about it.. oh soon..

Glad you like My new profile pic!! it's a little watercolor I did of a Red Fox last year... We have a lot of these little fellas in and about the fields and woods nearby.. I would like to have a flock of chickens again but I'm timid because of these rascals...

You have Corgi's? .. what fun.. they are so cute?

mad angel said...

Hello again!

The view behind me in those sweater pics is Beavertail, in Jamestown, Rhode Island. It really is a beautiful spot -- one of our favorites, and we hadn't been out there in a long time. The ocean didn't make it into either of those photos, but it is all around. Really gorgeous place. It's about an hour's ride from where I live now.

Foxes do look a lot like Corgis! There was one near our barn one day, at the foot of our driveway, when I was returning from a walk with Roisin, one of my Corgis. Luckily, we were in the car, having driven to our walking place, so Roisin and the fox did not get to meet face to face. (Thank goodness!) But I was so awed to see it just standing there in front of the barn at midday.

I love your pics on this entry. I think I want to move into your house! ;-)

Linda H said...

Gwen, Thank you for your kind comments on my new Blog. I'm glad you found me through Marie, and glad I found YOU too. We New Brunswickers have to stick together! ha! I'm happy you're enjoying viewing my fiber work - I LOVE your jewellry as well.And so glad you are showing off the beauty of NB to the blogging world!! I love the Bay of Fundy - it's one of my fav places in NB. Hubby and I had planned to visit St. Martins last summer, but never did make it- maybe this year...

rivergardenstudio said...

Snow is so quiet in your photographs... like a hush over the world. Only the sounds of a boy and his dog. I love it all. roxanne

Gwen Buchanan said...

Hi Mad Angel, Thanks for the location of the pic on your post..You live in a beautiful area... It reminds me of a very high location about 20 minutes out of the village.

Thanks Roxanne, it really was a hush...snow has a way of softening everything...

Hi Linda, The bay of Fundy was a haunt since childhood but mostly through Fundy Park...so good to have met you... you aren't far away... Your quiltwork is truely amazing... I have never saw anything like it......

BumbleVee said...

hiya fellow Canuck....we still have snow and cold too...no gardening around here either. Temps dropped out again overnight last night and the wind was whipping things around...gusting to 70kph today... brrrr.....

snow is always pretty to photograph though....

Gwen Buchanan said...

Hi BumbleVee,
thanks for visiting... another storm is upon us as I write this... What a winter! My son and his buddies are making the best of it though... doing stunts on the sliding hill and videoing themselves...

Kathy McCreedy said...

Such beautiful photographs and comments... you have such an incredible skill to make a grey day look so beautiful! Hope all is well!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Kathy you are too kind, as always.. Are you ready for spring... I can't wait!!

mise said...

Temporary beauty is extra special, isn't it? Your photos are beautiful.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Thank you Mise... yes, when we know we will only experience something for a fleeting time it is always more precious...