The Air is Crackling

It’s 14 below zero this morning. I don’t know who is unhappier, the cat or the chickens.

As for me, I’m content enough. This kind of cold is the type that makes you feel particularly alive (as long as your nostrils don’t freeze shut—and there is a freezing nostril sensation that can be a little unsettling).

The sun is out and the air is crackling with electricity and sparkles of ice crystals. Bright tendrils of smoke curl upward from every chimney up and down the river valley. The river is obscured by steam rising from its unfrozen current, which grows narrower with each passing day.

But nighttime is the show stopper when the stars are “pinned on a shimmering curtain of light*.” Thank you, Bruce Cockburn for putting into words a beauty that is hard to describe.

Off to feed the woodstove.

*From “Northern Lights” on Bruce Cockburn’s album “Wondering Where the Lion’s Are.”

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mosaica
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 09:35:55

    I took a road trip up to the Northeast Kingdom yesterday and left up there this morning a little after 6am. What a dreamy beautiful drive! And the freezing nostril thing: It’s a bright & sharp commentary on the sweetness of otherwise unremarked unencumbered breathing. So despite the PITA factor, what with using a wheelchair, I treasure the Jack Frosty frostiness shining all artfully here in our neck of the woods.


  2. Britta
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 03:14:20

    How beautiful ! The landscape must be so enchanting around your house, Sue. I wish I could see this with my eyes. Enjoy these special moments !


  3. squatorclamor
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 09:08:53

    What a beautiful photograph! It really represents the cold winter day and is also a visual poem! I love it!



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