Filigree and scrollwork

0017_Ice feathers

Jeff recently captured this exquisite photograph of ice feathers, which are delicate structures of ice crystals. These ice feathers graced the branches of our neighbor’s dogwood shrub, where steam wafting from a dryer vent met subzero temperatures. When Jeff shared this photo with me, I was reminded of Annie Dillard’s lovely words:

The texture of the world, 

its filigree and scrollwork,

means that there is a possibility for beauty here,

a beauty inexhaustible in its complexity,

which opens to my knock . . . .

~Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Moonrise

0003_Moonrise

Look at everything

as though you were seeing it

for either the first or last time.

Then your time on earth

will be filled with glory.

~Betty Smith, American Novelist (1896 – 1972)