Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Frost Paints


The blue sky, trees, snow on their branches, and many other things are visible through the frozen window of my garden shed. 

On the bright background I can see what the frost painted on the window pane. 



Everyone can see different images there: flowers and trees, fantastic scenery, a winding road, sandy beach, etc.


 
The English poet Gabriel Setoun wrote in the 19th century about what the child saw on the windowpane when he woke up.
 

Jack Frost 

The door was shut, as doors should be,
Before you went to bed last night;
Yet Jack Frost has got in, you see,
And left your window silver white.



 He must have waited till you slept;
And not a single word he spoke,
But penciled o'er the panes and crept
Away again before you woke.
 


For, creeping softly underneath
The door when all the lights are out,
Jack Frost takes every breath you breathe,
And knows the things you think about.


He paints them on the windowpane
In fairy lines with frozen steam;
And when you wake you see again
The lovely things you saw in dream.




                               by Gabriel Setoun

                               1897

45 comments:

  1. Lovely pictures and thoughts of Jack Frost, Nadezda! Beautiful - once again!

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    1. Satu, these days are enough cold in our cities, with frost and snow. Have a nice weekend!

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  2. Beautiful pictures and a lovely old poem. I'll make a note of it so that I can read it again. May be we get some frost coming weekend, bad for the garden, good for me, I like skating.

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    1. Janneke, I can imagine you skating on the canals, as the old painters' pictures! Thank you and have a thick ice on the canals!

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  3. Какие любопытные картины может расписывать иней на окнах ! Очень красиво ! Когда я была ребенком и в детсве бывала у бабушки, там в деревянной избе, на окнах я тоже рассматривала самые красивые и загадочные рисунки. Стихотворение мне напомнило те дни :). Спасибо Надежда !
    Aukse

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    1. There was a shed window, nobody lives there, So the frost could paint as it wanted :)).
      This poem reminded me the same days of my childhood. Thank you,Aukse!

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  4. How lovely! What an interesting post, Nadezda!

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    1. I'm glad you liked it, thank you, Astrid!

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  5. Ηallo dear Nadezda!Wonderful pictures!Like a fairytail!!I love them!!Nice poem too!!You must have a lot of cold there!Wishing you a lovely week!!Thank you for your kind comment!
    Dimi..

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    1. I hope your snow has melted and the sun shines above Athene!
      Thank you, Dimi!

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  6. Such lovely frosty designs on your windows, Nadezda. It has not been that cold here, so far. I am hoping for some snow. Wonderful post!

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    1. Sage, I could send you some snow to cover your garden plants :))!
      Thank you!

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  7. How beautifully you illustrated this sweet poem with your frosty window pictures!

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  8. Nadezda girl thank you for stopping by again : )
    Once I get a directory up hopefully .. even if other bloggers can't buy from our sources, I was hoping they may find plant information interesting for what we can find in Canada ?
    We don't have as much choice as our American neighbors sadly but I think you might find it interesting in any case !
    Joy: )

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  9. PS !!!
    Sorry I meant to add that your frost etchings are BEAUTIFUL and I love the poem about Jack Frost .. I was taught some as a child and loved them then too !
    Joy : )

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    1. Joy, I will look for the information about Canadian plants, our climate is enough similar. It's wonderful you were taught such lovely poems, thank you!

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  10. This is a poem I have never known... so happy I've stumbled upon your post! Delightful words with pictures that inspire the imagination!

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    1. Caroline, you're welcome!
      I wanted to write you my comment but couldn't -- you worldpress didn't send it.
      Thank you!

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  11. Stunning frost images and such a sweet poem! Thank you, Nadezda, for this wonderful and icy post!

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    1. outlaw, I've loved this old poem when I read it, and decided that it goes well to my photos. Thank you1

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  12. Road Nadezda
    You put a beautiful old poem. It should go back to the poetry.
    Frost painted beautiful paintings. Your photos are excellent
    Nadezda, thank you very much for the wonderful comments.
    Regards
    Lucia

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    1. The frost painted all these days, -10 C we had today :((.
      Thank you, Lucia!

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  13. Hi Nadezda, Your frosty windowpane is so pretty. I love the poem too. Thank you for your comment on my post. To answer your question about the Aquilegia, I have 'Woodside Strain' and one other that is pure chartreuse. I grow them more for the leaves than the flowers which are of the darkest purple--not all that exciting. But the foliage is very nice.

    I hope you stay warm and toasty.

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    1. You right, this poem is pretty, I loved it.
      I'll try to find this variety of Aquilegia, thank you!

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  14. What inspiring images,Nadezda! It is wonderful you noticed the incredibly fantastic window pictures the frost painted. I've never known about the poem.It's also inspiring. I love your blog because you always give me som inspiration:) Thank you for sharing!

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  15. Great photos. Nadedza! I see floating leaves on a Lake, a map from Sattelite. You have some blue sky! I hope you are having some sunny days. I would like to send you some of our hot days.
    Thank you for your kind concern. The bushfires are still burning, but it is cooler here now so not so much danger in this area.
    Betty

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    1. Betty, if you send me your hot days they will come here in May, I think :))!
      It's nice to read that gets cooler and might the bush fires stop. Thank you!

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  16. We have so many treats in winter and frost is one of the most beautiful. You have captured the heart of the poem and Jack Frost's work with your wonderful pictures.

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    1. Rosemary, I'm glad you've liked the poem I chose for my photos. Thank you!

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  17. Hi, Nadezda! You've got a challenge from me...it's in my blog.

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  18. Lovely pictures of the garden shed windows. I am glad they are not the windows in your house.

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    1. Yes, it was shed window pane! There only shovels and bins live :))!
      Thank you for worrying about me, dear, the windowpanes at my home in the city do not freeze because I have a central heating and it's very warm.

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  19. A lovely poem to go along with your lovely pictures!

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  20. Wonderful poem! I think frost patterns are beautiful. I like the idea of them showing us what we dreamt about. :o)

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    1. Tammy,although I did not think so about the windowpane drawings but your thought is interesting! Thank you!

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  21. I had never heard this poem – it goes so well with your pictures. This is a sight we rarely see around here as it never gets that cold. Your pictures are very pretty.

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    1. Thank you, Vagabonde! I especially looked for this poem for my photos.

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  22. I like these photos very much and the poem is great too. I do hope you are keeping warm over there. It looks very cold.

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    1. Yes, Karen, I'm warm enough. These photos I've taken are of the garden shed windowpane. Thank you!

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  23. Lovely! Seeing how cold it is where you are I feel bad complaining about our little cold snap. Thank you for the wonderful poem.

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    1. Yes, we're in winter and temps are between -3... -18 C (26F ....0,4F). Thank you, Masha!

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