653. He (winter) withers all in silence, and his hand unclothes the earth, and freezes up frail life. ~William Blake

Drops fell…and rang like
little disks of metal.
Ping! Ping! and there was not
a pinpoint of silence 
between them.
~Amy Lowell

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Mama, mama mía! Here we go again! Down, down, down plummet the temps! And this time newly birthed lives will be lost in the chicanery of this winter skirmish.

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Why? Because here in north central Texas late January and early February often conjure up enough unseasonably warm days to convince the land that spring has sprung. And the dastardly scoundrels have done it again!

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These two deceiving culprits have successfully hoodwinked gardens and parks alike into believing it is time for blooming things to emerge from branch and soil. Now, after their two-faced, heartless lies, a harsh north wind doth blow.

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Moreover, freezing rain is falling and soon will switch to sleet and/or snow. In the frigid, darkness of night, the samaras of a Red Maple, the yellows of a smattering of daffodils and forsythia as well as the pinks and whites of some saucer magnolias will be washed out leaving only the browns of death and decay. Oh what a wicked, wicked, fickle web Mother Nature ofttimes weaves.

So that your trust may be in the Lord, I teach you today, even you. ~Proverbs 22:19   ✝

14 thoughts on “653. He (winter) withers all in silence, and his hand unclothes the earth, and freezes up frail life. ~William Blake

  1. Are those blooms really already that far along?? Oh my gosh—we are still so far behind—If we don’t get some sun, warming up and drying out, we’ll never have a bud or bloom—just blooming mold. . .thank you for sharing something so very special—They’re talking about sleet and ice again for Wednesday—I’m ready to say goodbye to winter pronto!!!
    Hugs and love—Julie

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  2. Beautiful photos. It does seem cruel that nature gives us these teasers of beautiful warm days, only to change the next day and drop the temperature. Ours is not to wonder why, but to wonder at the way the flowers will recover and bloom even better. Great photos and scripture.

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