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Sunset, Sunrise

Red Pine Mountain logoIt’s been an unusual spring in Vermont.  A day of record breaking heat followed by a blizzard that unleashed two feet of snow on the Northeast Kingdom.

Snowy days, cold days, gunmetal gray skies, all harbingers of a season that should be long gone but I know winter can’t last forever despite what Mountain Man says. I rejoice in each frigid day knowing the cold will leave when nature decides its time and last night, my patience was rewarded..

Right at sunset.

Pink breaks through the gray at dusk on Red Pine Mountain Farm

Pink piercing the gray.

Pink clouds at sunset on Red Pine Mountain Farm.

Gentle colors filtered through trees laden with buds, tired of frost.

Finally pink skies over trees on Red Pine Mountain Farm.

Morning once again.  Time for barn chores.  And look what awaited me.

World of mist, hints of azure.

Sun, so long absent bringing all it illuminates into sharp relief.

Morning fog on Red Pine Mountain Farm.

Ephemeral mist.

Morning fog over field at Red Pine Mountain Farm.

Lending enchantment to our farm.

Mist over the pasture on Red Pine Mountain Farm.

Morning mist over farm buildings on Red Pine Mountain Farm.

And I thought of this passage I had so recently read, written by Louisa May Alcott:  “Far away, there in the sunshine, are my highest aspirations.  I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and follow where they lead.”

Today I will walk into the sunshine and embrace its warmth.

mountain woman
6/8/2010 12:04:20 PM

Hi Shannon, We had very early warm weather this year and then a heavy blizzard and more killing frosts (in the 20s) after that so blooming has been late. I just put my veggies outdoor yesterday and nothing ever goes out before June 1st. One year, Mountain Man lost all his plants to a June 28th killing frost. You just never know here. One thing I love about northern Vermont is that each season (except winter) is so fleeting. It lends a precious beauty to our short lived summer/spring days. Thanks so much for visiting me.


s.m.r. saia
6/8/2010 5:55:30 AM

Oh wow..... Those photos are stunning. What a beautiful place. I can't believe your trees are just now budding...


mountain woman
6/4/2010 2:00:27 PM

Cindy, Thank you for your kind words. I always say I'm no photographer but the scenery is so beautiful here, the pictures take themselves. I love the fog too and I'd love to see your fog. How wonderful it must be. Oh, what a beautifully descriptive of your adventure in the cemetery. The makings of a short story perhaps? Enjoy your weekend as well and thanks so very much for visiting me.


cindy murphy
6/4/2010 5:20:30 AM

Gorgeous photos, Mountain Woman. I especially love the way your farm looks seen through the morning mist. Oh! I love the mist and fog. Here, it moves in off the lake thick. I like to sit on my front porch and watch it move down the street like a wall; sometimes all that seems to be missing is Adrienne Barbeau and some ghoulies. The evening before last, my daughter and I were out riding bikes through the cemetary, one of the most beautiful places in town, in my opinion. The fog started creeping in like a living, breathing thing. With tendril-like fingers, it seemed reach out and grab hold of whatever was in its path, and then swallowing it whole. We admired the beauty of it....until I "creeped her out" by reminding Shelby where we were. (snicker, snicker) I love the quote by Louisa May Alcott. Enjoy your weekend.


mountain woman
6/3/2010 1:49:37 PM

Jenn, Thank you so much for your kind words.


jnemec
6/3/2010 11:09:59 AM

This is a gorgeous post. And LMA is one of my favorites! Thanks for sharing (and the reminder)!


mountain woman
6/3/2010 8:06:27 AM

Hi Pam, Yes, it is better than TV for sure. We don't have all your wonderful animals that I saw in your farm collage and that must be fantastic to see every morning but I do enjoy the few animals we have. Life on the farm is surely a blessing. Thanks so much for visiting me and say hello to Farm Man for us.


mountain woman
6/3/2010 8:02:18 AM

Nebraska Dave, Yes, it's a very short growing season here and I think that is one of the things I love about our area. Summers are so fleeting that they become a joy to toil in the soil (didn't mean to rhyme :-). You are more than welcome to visit us. I think one of our most beautiful seasons is fall when we are awash in color but all seasons have their unique beauty. I do draw so much strength from our farm and it is definitely my muse. Sometimes I think I was meant to be here. Ah, well, waxing philosophical on not much coffee is very difficult. As always, I so appreciate your comments here and on my RPM blog. I'm going to take your suggestion about the sugar and the giant pumpkins and see what happens. I really appreciate that. Have a wonderful day on the urban ranch. Can't wait to see more of your projects.


mountain woman
6/3/2010 7:57:25 AM

Oz Girl, Thank you for your kind words. Please don't be jealous because you are a fantastic writer as well and oh, the beautiful pictures you take. Such a talent to capture nature's beauty on film that you have. I think your Kansas skies with the wide open vistas are incredibly beautiful. Thanks so much for visiting me.


pam_6
6/3/2010 6:31:20 AM

Good Morning MountainWoman. The pictures are beautiful! What a beautiful farm and scenery you and MountainMan have. I enjoy each sunrise and sunset here also. It is so much better than watching T.V.! Have a great day. Pam


nebraska dave
6/2/2010 7:29:40 PM

MW, those are amazing pictures. The ephemeral mist (I had to look that word up) really is enchanting. I like fog and mist as long as I don’t have to drive in it. You really do live in a most beautiful part of the USA. I must come to that part of the US some day and see for myself the beauty of it all. I know for a fact that the camera can only capture so much of the actual ambiance of the whole experience. To be immersed in a picture like those has to uplift one’s spirit. We just don’t have those kinds of night skies here in Nebraska. I can do without the blizzard this late in the year. You must have such a short growing season. I can see why you have a bigger green house on the project list. I do enjoy those pictures you post. Keep them coming.


oz girl
6/2/2010 6:22:03 PM

You have such a wonderful way with words, a talent. I am jealous. :-) Beautiful skies there in Vermont ... and here I thought Kansas had the most beautiful skies!!! Hope your week is full of the sun's warmth.