Peace on earth.
That is what recent snows brought to the landscape outside my windows-- a deep peace, one that lingers within me even now as I look at these photos while sitting at my desk at work, miles from my cottage in the woods.
Early morning sunlight has painted a tender blush upon the sky.
Two ancient box elder trees stand like guardians at the western edge of the property, remnants of the old farmstead that once occupied the land where my house sits now.
With this view accompanying my morning cup of coffee each day, I awaken feeling very blessed. With each sip, my thoughts invariable drift upward toward the vast sky.
These images were taken the other morning through a window in my "great" room, looking off to the south and west. With the loss of summer leaf cover, so much more is visible, like the neighbors' house across the field and stream, the barns dotting the hills and valley, and the contours of the landscape itself. The spareness of winter brings its own type of beauty, albeit an austere one. It appeals to the latent minimalist in me.
Wishing moments of deep peace to you as well. In the hustle and bustle of a busy holiday season, it seems we need this even more.
Until next time...