“Perhaps what moves us in winter is some reminiscence of far off summer … The cold is merely superficial; it is summer still at the core, far, far within.”
– H. D. Thoreau
Photos by K. Houk and S. Rockmuller.
First the snowdrops and a couple of crocuses appeared.
Then more snow.
Now the snow has melted, and the flowers have reemerged.
And there are more to come.
A possum decided to explore the cat’s den on the front porch.
Meanwhile, I’ve put together two more terrariums. Photos to follow if energy allows!
Today I am playing. With frigid cold, snow, and ice outside the window, I decided to play with green things, feel their life force, smell the soil on my hands. Below are some photos from the terrarium I created. On the KatharineHouk.com website you’ll find some tiny terrarium pendants I made with living moss.
This little green world was created in a glass cube shaped container, 5″ x 5″ x 5″. The people are approximately 1 & 1/4″- 1 & 1/2″ tall. I do have much smaller mushrooms to replace the “large” red ones, but the tiny ones need a coat of glaze to dry before I put them in a moist environment. The “large” rock was found by my granddaughter and added to the scene. Smaller stones are semi-precious. The bright sun washed out the green in these photos; it is much more green and verdant than it appears.
It’s the little things that keep me going.
Despite one winter storm after another, including the amazing ice storm we just experienced…..
which was sparklingly beautiful, but resulted in power outages and missed trains……
the ice is melting away, falling in percussive chunks onto my studio’s metal roof, and
peek-a-boo: green at last!
Finding their way through leaves and granular, icy snow, after having been buried under at least two feet of snow for months, here they are.
There have been some teasingly warm days here and there, and now we are back to more sleet and possibly some snow. That said, this taste of green is enlivening. It feels perfect for the spiritual season when we are on the cusp of experiencing all things made new.