“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life.” — Elsie de Wolfe

Saturday, 29 October 2011

The View from My Window . . .

These trees are my everyday view, my faithful companions. I look up from my computer and they are there, constant and beautiful.

I watch their procession through the year, the spring growth, the summer finery and the jewel fire of autumn. I observe their bare bones stark against the sky, punctuating winter with their presence.

They have taught me to see the wind as it plays in their leaves and makes them shimmer. When it blows harder, I watch as they dance.

I am mesmerised as moment by moment the light changes. Illuminating them first in dawns pale pink aura, contouring those big old limbs with light. And then as the sun tumbles down the sky it sets right behind them, setting them on fire. They are magnificent, back lit and shimmering with gold.

Then as darkness falls, I see them silhouetted. Intricately etched onto the fading tie dye sky.

This is my view from my window. My landscape, my world. . .

"Dripping honey and sunshine, the silver birch stands.
Shivering drops of amber tremble around the white etched trunk.
I overflow with gladness for the beauty of autumn and all its multi hued splendour.
For outside my window the world is simply awash with colour,
a pallete of jewels glowing in the soft yellow light. "
Daily I observe the Jackdaws socialising in 'their' big old tree. Chattering and alerting each other to food thrown for them. Wheeling and cartwheeling as they arrive home each evening to roost.

"The jackdaws are socialising in the big old tree, preening and chattering,
wiping their sturdy beaks on the knotted branches.
A sudden noise and they take to the air.
Black brushstrokes daubed across a steely grey sky. "

Please forgive my blurred jackdaw pictures, I was using my zoom through my dirty windows. :-)

Thought of the week
"I expect nothing. I fear nothing. I am free." - Nikos Kazantzakis

I am linking this post to week 59 of I Saw Sunday

Images and words - Susannah Bec


jabblog said...

You are lucky to have jackdaws in your trees. We see them in our garden from time to time but they're not regular visitors. Isn't autumn a wonderful season?

vivinfrance said...

A lovely post - and the pictures are not at all blurred. Jackdaws are noisy so and sos! Trees, wonderful trees.

earlybird said...

Lovely big trees! One of the things I miss here are big trees (not enough water...

Barb said...

I watch my trees as you watch yours - through the seasons and weather changes. They give me a sense of comfort and stability. This description of your jackdaws is wonderful, "Black brushstrokes daubed across a steely grey sky." I can see it in my mind's eye.

Elizabeth said...

Ah, love the trees in every and all seasons. Thanks for sharing them,


Susannah said...

Thanks everyone. :-)

Good to see you all. x

Ann said...

What a wonderful view from your window each and everyday. To observe and wonder at the ever changing moods of Mother Nature and her children.

Susannah said...

Thanks very much Ann, it is good to see you. x

Ellen said...

Oh how I love your trees. Makes me miss the view from my window in Missouri. All I have are palm trees out my window here in Arizona! They don't change colors, lose leaves, etc. Thanks so much for sharing.

Susannah said...

Hi Ellen, good to see you again. Thanks for visiting.

I hope all is well with you. x

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