SWEET SERENITY

Photo challenge: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/serenity/

Serenity reigned in the early morn one day this week when our community was treated to snowscape that was beyond imagining.

2015 snow
2015 snow

Looking out a second-storey window, I could see a world of white. Rushing to get the camera, I took many photos of the magical display.

However, after downloading them, I realized that my camera had been set on a soft focus with the result that I did not capture the views as I had wished.

This close-up shows the snowflakes falling from the tree branches, softly landing, serene in their dispatch. Such a peaceful sight!

2015 SNOW!
2015 SNOW!
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TREES WORK FOR ME!

2014 VIEW FROM THE DECK!
2014 VIEW FROM THE DECK!

Do you try to escape civilization or to make peace with it?  asks Margo Roby in her poetry prompt at http://margoroby.com/2014/10/14/poem-tryouts-wide-open-spaces/.

Roby’s question set me to thinking.

Living in a rapidly growing region, with downsizing on the horizon, this choice of settings weighs strongly in planning for the future.

The “plan” involves moving from a rather large two-storey house to a much smaller bungalow. Alas, for younger members of the boomer generation, many of the bungalows are already taken.

Fortunately, I live in a house surrounded by older trees — maple, birch, evergreen, mountain ash and more. A walk in the neighbourhood can take me past a pond with a small forest of century old trees. Going in another direction, parkland and soccer fields stretch out for the community to use. The houses are a few decades old so the landscape is seasoned with flowers and gardens of various sorts.

Looking out from the deck behind the house I see trees covered with leaves and beautiful evergreens as well. Rooftops peek through but mostly it is a land and sky scape that nourishes my spirits every day. In the winter, the skeletons of the same trees are a wonder to see through the window against the backdrop of white.

Haiku

daily view from decks

trees and branches fill landscape

framing urban bliss.

© 2014 by Patricia A. McGoldrick

Overall, these views create a balance for me, between the urban and the rural, populated centres and the wilderness.

Without the trees, not sure if I would be content for long amidst a growing city. Peace!