Completely Repainted


That nature’s paintbrush always comes down sooner than you expect, colors faster than your eye can catch, erases in one big swoop, catches you off-guard, repaints the whole canvas yet again, and you start digging through some moth infested bags in dusty corners in search for your woollens. Children, shaking from excitement, welcome this change as another enormous opportunity of joy to be grasped and swallowed immediately, this very moment, before it melts away, flap their hands up and down like the rushing geese, flock into the dark, almost throw themselves in front of street lights and oncoming cars to catch the snowflakes glimmering with light.

Here is the oak art two weeks ago


And here are same oaks yesterday.




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Where have all the bees gone? Where have all the flowers gone?
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36 Responses to Completely Repainted

  1. noblethemes says:

    Fascinating and beautiful, isn’t it? How wondrous is Mother Nature! What an extraordinary Artist! 🙂

    • BeeHappee says:

      Thanks! I bet your raised beds are now raised one foot higher too. 🙂 Eddy, I browsed through your book, although shamefully have to admit had not read yet cover to cover, which it deserves, and am really impressed of your sincerity and openness about your story. Some guts and strength you have.

  2. smilecalm says:

    that was a quick
    remodel 🙂

  3. That first oak image is wonderful!

    • BeeHappee says:

      That is my favorite too, Ron. I was staring at that scene for a while before I took the photo. And interesting how picture only captures a small fraction of what it really looked liked, and makes me wonder if the eye also captures only a very small fraction of what is really there.

  4. gatheringplaceseasonfour says:

    In my lifetime I have seen (growing wild) in both NC and Virginia: Castilleja coccinea Scarlet Indian Paintbrush
    (kas-til-EE-ah COE-sin’ee-a or kok-SIN-ee-uh)
    Easyliving Native Perennial Wildflowers
    Native Wild flower

  5. shoreacres says:

    We had just such a snow some years ago, on Christmas eve. Everyone became a child, instantly, but the most enthusiastic was the neighbor here on assignment from Denmark. Oh, she was a happy woman! “Snow!” she said. “You DO have SNOW!” Well, we rarely do, but that night we did. People still talk about it.

  6. Seems to happen in the blink of an eye sometimes. Beautiful pictures.

  7. Laurie Graves says:

    Love those photos!

  8. smcasson says:

    So winter there already! We had some rainy windy and COLD! weather the other day and I was thinking of you wondering if you got snow.
    Keep it for the minute. I really really REALLY don’t need it yet.

    • BeeHappee says:

      Oh, but it was so beautiful, that I walked in the snowy woods with a horrible bronchitis for two hours. And I even forgave it for killing our plans to go to Madison WI farmers market to load up on organic goodness for Thanksgiving… And I forgave it when someone scheduled a showing in the the middle of the storm and we scrambled to get out of the house to sit in a car down the street watching ourselves being burried in snow. 🙂 Kids are having a blast, but it will be gone by Thanksgiving.

  9. Bill says:

    This is what I was thinking yesterday as I realized that the leaves I’d been admiring for weeks were now mostly on the ground. I wanted to do before and after shots. They wouldn’t be as beautiful and dramatic as yours, but they would show how the change slips up on us. But I waited too late.
    It’s not a net loss though. We just replace one kind of beauty for another.

    • BeeHappee says:

      Thanks, Bill. Yes, I saw your today’s post, and agree, I love this time of year too, the very subtle coloration is so soothing and so peaceful. Our snow melted in 4-5 days, but of course we lost all the crops to the snow and freeze already, unlike you, and it has been mainly grey, blustery and about 43F here, good to enjoy some beautity and good to come in to the warmth of indoors.

  10. Andy Jukes says:

    Beautiful images. What a world we have around us.

  11. blazeburgess says:

    I see you’re doing prose poetry now as well. I like it very much.

    Photography is beautiful as always. Speaking as someone who’s tried, it would take days with photoshop to get a color scheme as beautiful as in that second image.

    • BeeHappee says:

      No version of Photoshop can compete with Mother Nature, that’s for sure. I soaked in the beauty of prairies here in Illinois all summer and fall, and could not help but think to myself, that Van Gogh pales compared to all that. Maybe that is why so many artists struggle and perish, no human can potentially come close to what has already been created.

      • blazeburgess says:

        You may well be right. As a frustrated artists, I can say it’s very hard to express what you really mean to express. Though I’m aware I’m talking to a poet when I write that.

        • BeeHappee says:

          Maybe that is precicely the beauty of creating, Blaze, like Pema Chodron said, the inspiration and wretchedness are inseperable, in life just as in art. “The gloriousness of our inspiration connects us with the sacredness of the world. But when the tables are turned and we feel wretched, that softens us up. It ripens our hearts. It becomes the ground for understanding others. We can be big and small at the same time”. I wish you enjoyment in all of it.

  12. Hariod Brawn says:

    Sensational images; clearly two great artists at work – one in front of, and the other behind, the lens.

  13. You just can replicate what mother nature offers freely!
    Great images!

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