Barbed wire and weathered leaves

Weathered leaf_12586 StaateEvery Minnesotan found an excuse to be outside yesterday as the temperatures soared into the 50’s.  The sun was warm, the day was bright, and spring seemed just around the corner.  We headed out for a hike in the woods.  As we started out before 8:30 in the morning, the ground was still hard and frozen.  Within the woods, there was more snow on the ground, but as the morning continued and the temperature warmed, everything became softer.  The birds and squirrels were active, making their presence known, as if they too were enjoying this spring-like morning.  I found a large roll of barbed wire that had been left in the woods.  Amidst the tangle of wire, there were leaves that had fallen and been held in place by the snow.  Now they were weathered and delicate, leaving an amazing texture to their thinness.  The contrast seemed so opposite between the cold, hard barbed wire and the delicate, paper-thin leaves.

Winter’s textures and lines

The fluffy, powdery snow started falling Friday afternoon and continued throughout the night.  By the time I got up on Saturday morning, we had about seven inches of fluffy, white snow covering the ground and trees.  With no wind, it was beautiful!  I headed over to one of the nearby golf courses.  What I found was a beautiful study in the textures and lines of winter.  The branches of the old oak trees were outlined in white.  Their rugged bark was dusted with snow in places, and was a sharp contrast to the smoothness of the snow on the ground.  And the side light from the sun was adding its own lines and shadows as it cut over the snow at an angle, sometimes creating a bright sparkle as it caught a crystal of ice just right.  What seemed like a simple, nondescript scene became one of interest and beauty, and I found myself marveling at all the little nuances that were there before me.