Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Winter Is Near




Golden and red trees nod to the soft breeze,
As it whispers, "Winter is near;"
And the brown nuts fall at the wind's loud call,
For this is the Fall of the year.


Good-by, sweet flowers! Through bright Summer hours
You have filled our hearts with cheer
We shall miss you so, and yet you must go,
For this is the Fall of the year.


Now the days grow cold, as the year grows old,
And the meadows are brown and sere;
Brave robin redbreast has gone from his nest,
For this is the Fall of the year.


Poem by

Ellen Robena Field, 
USA, 1894

47 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures. They go so well with the poem.

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    1. I tried to find any old poem to my pictures, thank you, Tracey!

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  2. Dear Nadezdo!
    Gold, yellow, maroon tree say to yourself:
    "Winter is zbiża quick steps."
    I send greetings.
    Lucia

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    1. Lucia, our Earth turns and winter's coming. Thank you!

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  3. I see you got some snow. Nasty old stuff. LOL! The flowers look cold with their heads bowed down but still lovely in the sunlight and snow.

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    1. The flowers try to survive in cold weather. And if the temp is higher they are pretty well.
      Thank you, Lona!

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  4. Beautiful Nadezda, I always enjoy reading your posts.

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    1. I'm glad you like my post, thank you, Karen!

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  5. So beautiful Nadezda, with a touch of sadness, seeing the flowers surrounded by such cold. The little bird seems to be watching the last of Fall slip away.

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    1. Rosemary, of course, it's sad to look at the cold plants.This bird is waxwing, they flew here to eat the berries before the cold winter. Thank you!

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  6. Beautiful, Nadezda. You have snow. We usually do not get snow until December and January.

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    1. You are lucky, our snow melted today but the temps are still low. Thank you, Michelle!

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  7. Beautiful pictures and poem, Nadezda. You already have some snow.

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    1. We had a thin snow (as in the pictures) but it melted today. I think you haven't snow yet too. Thank you, Satu!

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  8. I love how the poem and your pictures go so well together. Winter is coming and I can feel it!

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    1. Laurrie,I'm glad you liked the poem, written in 19 century, I loved it too. Thank you!

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  9. Such a beautiful and bittersweet post. Your pictures are always gorgeous and the poem is so nice. Is that a Bohemian Waxwing? We had those in Alaska, too - one of my favorite birds.

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    1. Yes, you're right! This bird is waxwing. This time, large flocks of waxwings flew us to eat the berries before winter. I love them, waxwing has the yellow spot on its tail.Thank you!

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  10. Beautiful pictures to go with a beautiful poem. :)

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  11. It's amazing how cold-hardy some of the flowering plants are. Spring will surely come again.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! I'm sure the spring will come.

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  12. There's something so touching about pansies in the snow. Nice pictures!

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    1. It was first snow and flowers. Very thin snow, pansies are hardy. Thank you, Jason!

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  13. What will you do when you can’t garden anymore? Will you have too much time on your hands? Lovely photos can still be taken in the snow, can’t they?

    Have you see that I have added Google Translate to my blog for you? The translations are not very good but they may help my my non-English speaking readers.

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    1. Frico, when snow be a lot, I'll need to get a snow shovel and clean, clean the paths. I've covered with cloth all roses, young perennials and fir but the better cover against the strong frost is snow.
      Thank you for adding Google Translate! I have difficulties with some abbreviations and special words. Now my reading will easier.

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  14. Such a lovely poem, Nadezda, and your photos compliment the words perfectly! Yes, winter is coming here, too, though we don't have any snow yet. Still, the leaves and pansies show there is still beauty to be found in the garden even at this time of year.

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    1. Rose, yes, still some hardy flowers are in my garden.Thank you!

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  15. Winter is coming, we have many birds in the garden!. greetings. Diny

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    1. Diny, I think these birds have flown from Northern gardens as mine, to your garden; and I'm sure they have to eat a lot there. Thank you!

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  16. Such lovely light in these images. It kind of aches to see snow on flowers and yet it has such beauty. Thanks for sharing these.

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    1. Hilary, the photo with long light lines was taken at 3 p.m. As you see the sun is very low at this time now. Winter is near. Thank you!

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  17. Thank you for these lovely photos Nadezda. It's good to see some colour in your garden, even in the snow. I like the small coloured leaves close to the ground. I love the poem so suited to the pictures. I wish I could send you some of our sunshine to warm you, now that summer is almost here. Soon I will be complaining it is too hot! Thank you for your always welcome comments on my blog.

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    1. Betty, thank you for sending us a little of sunshine, the flowers loved it! I hope the weather won't be very hot in your place.

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  18. Today I saw a lot of birds like on your last photo: waxwings (Bombycilla garrulus). Maybe they just came from your garden :-)

    Greetings - ewa

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    1. Ewa, waxwings are my favorite birds. I have stitched picture of it, see on my page 'About me'. I thing they flew to your garden because had eaten all the berries here :) Thank you for stopping by!

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  19. Beautiful, Nadezhda! It is nice to see snow again. I also love your new profile photo with the lilac, and the Pink (?) Grootendorst on the header.

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    1. Masha, you're right, the Pink Grootendorst roses are on my header. Still now they stand with last buds.Surprisingly? Thank you!

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  20. I have never seen a cedar waxwing in person. You are so lucky to have them in your garden. This is a beautiful post! You always pick such appropriate poetry. :o)

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    1. Tammy, I love your sense of humor. When I saw the waxwings in person eating my buckthorn berries I was upset. I'm glad you liked this old poem. Thank you!

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  21. Ah your posts are always beautiful, love the poetry to match.
    We rarely see waxwings here, they are quite pretty and in my yard we only have hollies for them to eat. If I had something better I'm not sure I'd want to share with them!

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    1. These waxwings eat only berries, so when they eat all of berries around my garden, the birds fly far away.Thank you, Barb!

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  22. The poem and frosty photographs are lovely. Here the mild weather continues and winter still seems far off. When snow finally comes it will be a shock.

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    1. Our first snow melted now and the weather is cold but without frost. Thank you, Jennifer!

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  23. Hello Nadezda girl !
    What gorgeous pictures the first three are my favorite because of that beautiful gold colour and the light values are perfect!!
    Yes .. we have had hard frosts here and my plants are finally dying back .. it is time for us all to have a good rest and plan for next year.
    That picture of the bird is really sweet ! .. thank you for your comments on my bird capture .. it was truly tough to get them through the deck railing !! LOL
    Joy : )

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    1. Joy, the next to last photo was taken specially for you, I know your weakness to shadow shots. Thank you!

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  24. There is something brave, beautiful and sad about the bright colours of flowers against the background of frost.

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