Winter Flowers


Jade Plant Blooming

We live in black and white world, a land where color was not yet invented. We have shades of grey and brightness. There is the occasional hit of brown. The colors of the heritage pigs’ winter coats against the snow sometimes almost looks red or yellow. Almost. But winter has drained the color from the world.

The sunrise in the morning temporarily brings reds, purples, yellows and oranges back to us, turning the snowscape vivid colors for a few minutes. And then it is gone, back to the greys and whites of winter.

There is one color we see intensely in winter: Blue. The sky is a deep, rich blue. At night the stars are clearer and more vivid than any other time of year. This happens because the deep cold drops the humidity out of the air leaving it crystal clear. A secondary result is we get a little bit of snow every night from this snow-dew.

Black & White and Blue all over. That is winter, that is the wind.

Inside our tiny cottage we have little bits of summer struggling to fight back the forces of darkness with their valiant blades of color. Jade plants, Christmas cactus, spider plants… They are blooming now in these dark winter months, adding just a hint of color, little splashes, reminding us that the glaciers will recede, the fences will grow up to four feet tall again, the grasses and other plants will sprout and then color will return to the world.

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As I stand looking down at the tips of the sprouting fence just barely poking out of the snow at my feet it is hard to remember summer, to remember that summer could even exist. The flowers say, just have faith.

Outdoors: 12°F/-8°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/59°F

Daily Spark: “Atheism isn’t a belief system. I have a belief system but it’s not “based on” atheism, it’s just not based on the existence of a god. I make none of my moral, social, or artistic decisions based on any god or superstitions. Saying atheism is a belief system is like saying not going skiing is a hobby. I’ve never been skiing. It’s my biggest hobby. I literally do it all the time.” -Ricky Gervais

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About Walter Jeffries

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2 Responses to Winter Flowers

  1. mellifera says:

    We’ve had a few warm days now here in northern Florida, getting up into the high 70’s, low ’80s. A 10-minute long flight of sandhill cranes just passed overhead going north (trumpeting all the way), clouds of mating alates are swarming out of termite mounds, undergrads are trading real clothes for halter tops and booty shorts…. yessir, it’s spring here in Florida and love is in the air.

    This is not to rub it in, you understand, but to say that if spring moves north at a given rate, it’s already passed here and is steadily heading up in your direction. (Slooooowwwwly. Tehe.) But that’s ok, nobody wants to be here in July.

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