Nature Insight: January Blooms

Copyright 2012 by DM Denton

Copyright 2012 by DM Denton

The snow has shrunk back
into the distance of the woods,
a receding wave
of winter
that will roll over us again.

Too early to rise,
a posy of
camouflaged courage
will soon sleep
and wait,
perhaps to dream
once more.

This picture was taken this morning, 1/13/13, probably the earliest I’ve seen snowdrops in my garden. Especially considering the frigid weather and heavy snow cover we had since Christmas. Today is quite the opposite – it is around 60 degrees fahrenheit!

Snowdrops 1-13-13 a

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10 thoughts on “Nature Insight: January Blooms

    • Hi, Betty, thank you, and so lovely to ‘see’ you here! Our big snow that we got just after Christmas melted away pretty quickly in some amazingly warm temperatures we had. Now, we are in a deep freeze with just a dusting of snow (although areas just south and north of us have had a few feet or more). The weather has become so unpredictable. Blessings and hugs, Diane ♥


  1. Beautiful imagery in your words, Diane, and your artwork is lovely as ever. We don’t have snow in the bay area, but it has been freezing here! Not usual for this part of the woods! Much love, Lauren xx


    • Thank you so much, Lauren. So nice to see you here and so happy you enjoyed this little offering. I have heard that it is very cold on the west coast. Well, we are freezing again – so hopefully the weather will get back to normal for you, too!

      Blessings and prayers sent your way, Diane ♥


  2. Hi Diane, this is lovely, and good to see those snowdrops!

    Snow has come this evening where I live, it is really Winter again. The geese have left now, and everything is iced.
    I hope all is well with you and best wishes with your writing. 🙂 xx


    • Hi, Ina. I planted the snowdrops when I first came back to the states in 1990, as I loved them so much in England. It seems a little miracle when they pop up so early every year. Such a reminder that the days are growing longer and there are brighter days ahead.

      I saw a picture of your snow-touched town and island on your blog – how lovely it looked with the sea in the background. What a special place!

      Thank you for your best wishes. Hope all is well with you. XO


  3. Diane, this is beautiful.

    I love the image of “a receding wave”, and”camouflaged courage”, just lovely. And of course your gorgeous illustration too.

    The photograph is great. The snowdrops look quite determined! We are just getting our first snow of the winter tonight! Ive been wanting this and now, when I see your snowdrops in the sun Im not sure I want it!

    Lots of love and hugs

    Christine xxxx


    • Thank you, Christine! Yes, I always marvel at snowdrops. I’ve known them to stay in flower for more than a month, maybe two, if it stays cold enough and they are preserved with snow cover. I hope the snow you got was just enough to make it pretty!

      Love, hugs, kisses, Diane ♥


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