Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring



Dawn broke...




Rose and blue...



We awoke...




They did too...




The Ravens....
they waited... as did we...




They called....
and cried... with outright glee....




The air was peach... They knew the day.......

"A Celebration's called for"... I heard them say...





"We'll dance with the starfish...  A song we'll Sing ....

We've waited all winter.... for the first day of SPRING !!!!!!!! "




photos taken by Gwen Buchanan, from the top of the bluff at our home in St. Martins, New Brunswick, looking to the east and out over the Bay of Fundy.

58 comments:

Bill Evertson said...

Just like your ravens, I've been waiting also. Great photos!

JulenaJo said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Lovely story your photos told. Yes, the first day of Spring IS something special. I read on another friends blog this morning, a poem by Robert Frost, some lines from " Prayer in Spring"

"Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today and give us not to think so far away as the uncertain harvest, keep us here all simply in the springing of the year.

pRiyA said...

This is so gorgeous Gwen. These photographs are a meditation, a prayer.
I love that deep pink line against the blue and that tiny, tiny light from that boat in the distance. And then everything turns to peach and silouettes the ravens on the trees. How much more beautiful this must have been in real life! Thanks for sharing this moment.

Lucy said...

I knew I'd visited before! Thanks for coming to mine, and lovely to remind myself of all the beauties to be found here.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

I LOVE the poem and the photos.
It's all so beautiful!
Hurray for Spring!

dowhatyoulove said...

What a lovely sunrise! And I love your spring poem, very cute, and illustrated well with your photos.

I am glad that its the first day of spring too! Now if the weather will just figure that one out!

The Weaver of Grass said...

What a beautiful sky Gwen - and super photos of those ravens. I also love your crow picture at the side of your blog. The crow is my favourite bird - I think they are much maligned. Happy first day of Spring.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Maxfield Parrish colours!
Welcome Spring!!

Rebecca said...

Beautiful photographs and such a beautiful poem. Spring is a wonderful time of year!

Anet said...

I'm blown away!!!!
This is just beautiful...photos...
words...you!
Happy Spring dear Gwen:)

Gwen Buchanan said...

Hi Bill, It has been such a long winter.. one of the longest in years and most severe.. Spring is so welcome!!!Thank-you...

Thank you Julena, the posting of your blue Squill was so lovely.. I'm sure now that it is in a safe place and looked over by you it will truly be fruitful and multiply!!

Teri, Oh thank you for the Robert Frost poem with your comment... It is Perfect! I am so glad you shared it!!!

Priya,Thank you so much for feeling the same way that I did when it passed before me... sunrises change all too quickly, don't they?
and You have the best eyes in the world!... You saw the tiny light from the boat in the bay!!!

Thanks, Rebecca R, Hope the warm days come soon.. the weather calls for melting temps this coming week.. I hope so...


Lucy, You are so welcome... I really enjoyed my tour through your blog once more.. the history that you roam in, is not to be seen in our young country... I'm enthralled by those old structures!

Hi dowhatyoulove, Thank you.... I am still thinking about that gorgeous tote bag you made.. it was beautiful... and I can't wait to plant a few seeds somewhere if I can find a patch of dirt with no snow...

Oh thank you Weaver, I love Crows and Ravens too... I also think they are so intelligent... always on watch.. they were gathering mosses and sticks today and taking them off to the nest sites.. I love watching them do this...

Pamela, I was drawing some pen and ink Maxfield Parrish "Mother Goose" illustrations just the other night.. I love his work!!!

Rebecca, I wish we were as far along with our season's warmth as it is over your way... I need patience...

Hi Anet! Happy Spring to Noah too.. I am so excited to hear that you have seeds planted already!! Good for you guys!!! Today I saw some weeds growing in the greenhouse... I didn't even care what they were as long as they were green.. yes they were actually Green...

Janice Thomson said...

Gwen these are stunning photos. What a joy to watch the day arrive. Loved the words you set to these.

annette emms said...

Dear gwen,such lovely pictures and words.
You live surrounded by beauty, how wonderful!
May I also say 'Hello' to the Ravens and 'Welcome Spring!'x

Ruth said...

Ohhhh, ahhhh, I'm smiling and smiling. So utterly satisfied and happy! Thank you for this beauty, this joy, this connection with the earth and its lively colors, ravishing ravens, your home the way it sits there and absorbs the air. You revealed it skillfully.

Mmmmmmm. What a warm start to my weekend.

acornmoon said...

How wonderful to have ravens as neighbors!

Is that you house? It looks huge, so much space, I am very envious. I love the shape of the windows.

It looks like you have an amazing environment in which to create.

shicat said...

Amazing imaages, wonderful colors and your house oh my goodness. Happy spring Gwen.

PG said...

I echo Acornmoon, I would love to have ravens living so close! A gorgeous sunrise - belated happy Equinox to you.

rauf said...

i am also smiling with Ruth, i can smile but can't write poetry like her though.

Enjoy the spring Gwen.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Thank you Janice.. The rising sun on the water is one of my biggest joys of living here..

Hi Annette, The village is isolated but the joy of nature makes up for the conveniences of the city... I told the Ravens, Hello for you!!

Ruth, I know you would be overcome with it too... it is like a celebration almost every morning!

Acornmoon, I adore these ravens... There is such vast forest behind our house towards the interior of New Brunswick plenty of wildlife live there... Yes we built our house over a period of 8 years living amongst the construction as we went along... it was messy but I would recommend it...

Thanks Cathy, the second floor light is my studio.. I am up there most of the time working and playing...

Pg, I am happy to say that Most of the Raven families stay all winter... such intelligent birds!!
All the best of the new season to you and to your garden plantings...

Hi Rauf... you write like a pro.. you are very humble... Happy Spring...

twisted sister said...

Gwen sorry for being so slow... to comment but I do love your blog and your pix and think you would make a wonderful neighbour
What a fabulous sunrise.

Sandy said...

love love love this post!! gorgeous photos too, and I love the house lit up in the morning...weeeee! this was fun to see.

Melanie said...

we are enjoying the first day of autumn down here and if only I had have recorded it as beautifully as you. We are so glad to have our Summer behind us. Heres to new seasons, north or south, let them bring joy!

rivergardenstudio said...

So lovely, Gwen, it has been a long wait but yes... spring is here! Roxanne

Shayla said...

Gwen, that hot pink line has such impact! What gorgeous photos and a beautiful home.

The shot of the birds brings back memories. When we lived at Cap Lumiere, the birds would break into thundrous cacaphony at 4:00 in the morning. I've slept through a jackhammer on the side walk beside my bedroom window in the city, but those birds woke us up every summer morning with their giddy joy announcing another day. I had to admire their enthusiasm- would have been much more admirable if I was a morning person ;)

Gwen Buchanan said...

Hi TwistedSister.. oh my you don't have to comment with any deadline in mind.. just drift over any ol time when things aren't busy... and relax...

Thanks Sandy, You keep track of so many birds out your way... I would love to get some shots as close to them as you do..

Melanie, I wish you some cool fresh mist to celebrate the change of season... I think we need some heat as badly as you need cool.. The weather is getting extreme...


Roxanne, Hallelujah!!! as Tom Petty says... the waiting is the hardest part...


Shayla, Something familiar about what you say.. Where I lived before in the country the trees were very close to the house and the birds gathered there every morning singing their little hearts out... I noticed a difference when I moved to the city for a couple years.. there was so many solid structures close together and so much of a dull din it was like white noise and I could never pick out individual bird songs... I could hardly hear a siren go by... funny about that isn't it..

wildpic said...

dear gwen ... i have nothing to say ... enjoy ! and i will be with you this season !!

cheers to wonderment and the persistent rest !

painter girl said...

Spring Celebration! The lightening of the sky, the little green leaves peaking out from the branches, birds building nests, squirrels chasing each other in a love dance......Spring is glorious and you have caught the essence of it in your pictures. Beautiful!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Wildpic, the thought of the year shrugging off its heavy winter coat makes me so happy!! The best to you!

Ahh Leanne, all you dscribe is exactly what I am waiting for... Spring has Sprung!!

Thank you both!!

Robyn said...

Spring is sprung
The grass is riz
I know where the boidies is!

Sorry about that :-)

Your photographs are absolutely amazing!

ArtSparker said...

What an extraordinary transition. Thank you for documenting it.

BLACK AND WHITE said...

Amazing!Fantastic colors! Happy spring to you Gwen!

india said...

that's a lovely sequence...

herhimnbryn said...

Such joy!

Derrick said...

Hello Gwen,

I'm just visiting, after being conscious of seeing your comments on several of the blogs I also read.

Your photographs and words are beautiful and a fitting tribute to the day.

Seth said...

Amazing post. Beautiful words and beautiful pictures!You live in such a special place.

Jill Zaheer said...

Just stunning! And, congratulations on being the first to be spotlighted in Seth Apter's newest "Inspiration"
side bar column which can be found in his The Altered Page blog. That's where I just discovered your posting and so glad I did. Great way to start any day- including the beginning ring of our beautiful spring.

Jill

Chris said...

How lovely! You know when you feel a kind of bouyancy inside when you read something...this does that. Thank you for the photos--gorgeous.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Robyn, you poet you!!! This is so fun!!!

You are very welcome ArtSparker...

Happy Spring Black and White!!

Thank you India...

Herhimnbryn... I felt that too!!

Hi Derrick, I appreciate your comment very much.. The best to you...

Thank you Seth... I'm so glad you liked this.... These birds entertain me all day long!!!

Jill, Thank you for coming over.. I was so surprised and thrilled that Seth featured my post... that was a great way to start the day too!!! I appreciate your thoughts very much..

Thanks Chris, What a lovely thing to say.. and Seth is right, you have a veritable Treasure trove on your blog and your side bar!!!! So much fun!!

Lynn said...

Awesome photos...lovely poem...
bravo.
came by way of Seth too. ;-)

Debbi said...

I can tell you are so happy that spring is here Gwen! What a wonderful series of photographs. I love the one of your house especially. And those colorful skies!
I just spent the first day of spring in Amsterdam with my son, which was a little strange. (The first day of spring, not being there with my son!)

Chris said...

Happy Spring Gwen. Inspirational photos. Reminds me of a Tom Thomson painting. Enjoy the return of warmth :)

Jo Horswill said...

Gwen, I just felt myself drifting from one image to the next in "awe".
The intensity of colour and words was just a magical mix of your beautiful eye and beautiful heart...
...we are now in Autumn but it feels like Spring, so yes Happy First Day of Spring!!! :)

flyinamber said...

amazing photos as always,Gwen!I wish you happy and wonderful spring ful of inspiration and positive things!
I'm very busy last days but few ideas are buzzing in my head and I only have to catch the time..

Gwen Buchanan said...

Hi Lynn, thanks for the visit.. Your quilt work is amazing... I love all the explorations you do...

Hi Debbi, What must it feel like to be in Amsterdam on the first day of spring?... Were the tulips up? Was it warm?

Chris, I never thought of that.. you're right.. I'll have to tell John and get his reaction... Thanks for the observation..

Hi Jo, Fall must be welcome after such a hot summer... I am thrilled by the recent work you are doing... the boxes and these new books....so gorgeous!
It is making me antsy to get to the play part and not have to work to deadlines...ideas keep fluttering past like butterflys... Happy Fall to you!!!

Thank you Dada, have the little wall lizards been out sunning themselves yet? Sometimes things get so busy don't they?.. that is the way I feel right now.. I wish I could slow down a bit and delve farther into the things I am doing.. it makes it all such a tease... Can't wait to see what's been floating about in your mind!!!

Leslie said...

Wonderful photos, and such a beautiful place you live. Ah, yes. Spring.

Delphine said...

Oh Gwen, that is so beautiful! Did you plan this posting and set the alarm, or did you have a sleepless night? I have visions of you wandering "lonely as a cloud" with your white nightie floating out behind you, your camera clutched in your hand!Your house is lovely!

Debbi said...

Gwen, it was warmer in Amsterdam than it currently is in Boston, but that's not saying much. I still wore my long, down-filled coat everyday.
The crocuses, hyacinths and daffodils were starting to bloom, and the tulips were probably about 3 weeks behind them. It was very pretty. And trees and shrubs were about to burst out. Maybe someday I'll be able to go back and time it right to see the fields of tulips. Do you have any bulbs or tulips growing in your yard?

Gwen Buchanan said...

Thank you for coming, Leslie... St.Martins is a very calm, quiet, spectacular, piece of the earth... It hypnotized me when I first came here and I can never leave...

Oh my Delphine you give me too much credit if you think I plan my postings ahead of time.. I just work on the fly.. seat of the pants as they say.. the alarm goes off at 6:30am as my son has to get ready to catch the bus for school... I was out about in my robe though but we have no close by neighbors... If I miss the sunrise I'm not right for the whole day, cause when it is good... it's very, very good!!!



Debbi, I'm glad at least the flowers were beginning to bloom when you were there...I always want to rush Spring to the warmer days but they will only come when they are ready.. I have some daffodils but the earliest blooming shrub I have is the Daphne... I look forward to this as it is so sweetly fragrant and it right by my patio door... most of my flower plantings are perennials and shrub roses... as long as they are easy care they can live in my gardens...
What's in your garden?

MamaShift said...

Yep, still waiting. Snowed hard here.

Gorgeous photos.

RHCarpenter said...

Gwen, I have just discovered your work and am thrilled to find a new blog that has so much to offer. If you get a moment, jump over to my blog to see something special for you to honor your passion for painting and all artful things :)
---Rhonda

Gwen Buchanan said...

Thanks MamaS... Ol man winter paid us another visit too... He's really hanging on this year...

Hi Rhonda, So Lovely of you to come visit.. This "Passion for Painting Award" is so thoughtful of you and you are much too generous... Thank-you... I appreciate it very much!!!...Did you hear the ravens calling all the way down in Kentucky.. They are loud aren't they?

Debbi said...

I've planted hundreds and hundreds of crocus bulbs, only to find them devoured by Chipmunks and Squirrels. Last year I planted some combinations of tulips/crocuses, narcissus/grape hyacinths and allium, and I made sure they were safe and sound under chicken wire and I had much better results. But this year I've already noticed a bunny has nibbled the tops off of one patch of tulips/crocuses. Alas, it's a never ending battle to get to enjoy the bulbs before the animals do!

rivergardenstudio said...

Dear Gwen, I have an award waiting for you at my blog... Roxanne

Gwen Buchanan said...

Ahh yes Debbi.. those nasty wabbits harvested my carrots and beets a couple years ago... I replanted and then went on rabbit patrol...


Thank you Roxanne, This is such a surprise...you are altogether too sweet!

Jacky said...

Absolutely stunning!!!!!

Jacky xox

Lynn said...

love the last photo best...thanks so much for taking the time to come to my blog today. ;-)

Gwen Buchanan said...

Lynn I never tire of watching them gather in the trees.. or following each other round the fields