Diary of a Nature Lover, December 28, 2018: Winter Tree

WINTER TREE
by Matilda Powell

Alone, ignored,
The leaves, they went away in fall;
The tree is frozen,
Yet standing tall.

The winter tree
It's sleeping now;
But in spring, it will stir once more,
Wakened by the sun's warming glow.

Right now through the harsh winds of winter,
When animals retreat to their nests,
The tree stands lonely,
While the critters rest.

The scraggly branches
Reach up to the sky.
Remembering the summer days,
When life was peachy as pie.

Winter tree is dark against the sky,
But it stands tall and doesn't bend.
For in the spring,
the weather all will mend.

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Art for Inspiration: Still Life with Snowberries and Poinsettias by Cecil Kennedy

Still Life with Snowberries and Poinsettias
by Cecil Kennedy (1905 - 1997)

They wore their strange beauty like war paint.
Holly Black, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

I love the scent of winter. I love the scent of winter enough to suffer the cold for it.
Tiffany Reisz, The Scent of Winter

Take the time to celebrate stillness and silence and see the joy that the world can bring, simply.
Tony Curl, Seriously Simple Stuff to Get You Unstuck

Free Vintage Postcard for Crafts, Walk Journal, Scrapbooking or Card Making: A Snowy English Country Lane


I find more pleasure in wandering the fields than in musing among my silent neighbours
who are insensible to everything but toiling and talking of it and that to no purpose.
John Clare

A vintage postcard from c1905 with a landscape scene of a country lane covered under a heavy blanket of snow. Hedges beside the narrow road separate the path from a couple of Arts and Crafts-inspired houses while the rising sun tinges the sky pink and yellow in the background. You can download the free high-res 4" x 6" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here. Use as a winter greeting card or incorporate into walk journals, scrapbooks or card making projects

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Art for Inspiration: Christmas Roses by Paul Kirnig

Christmas Roses, 1923
by Paul Kirnig (1891 - 1955)

Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven't the answer to a question you've been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you're alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

For the first time, she did want more. She did not know what she wanted, knew that it was dangerous and that she should rest content with what she had, but she knew an emptiness deep inside her, which began to ache.
Iain Pears, The Dream of Scipio

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
Louisa May Alcott

Free Illustration for Garden and Nature Journals, Scrapbook Page or Graphic Design: Antique Christmas Rose Floral Border


The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Wonderfully drawn antique border featuring early blooming Christmas roses (Hellebore orientalis) that have come into flower even with winter chill and snow falling around them. You can use this to decorate a journal or scrapbook page, as a gift tag, for an invitation card or to embellish a photo. You can download the high-res 6.5" x 9" @ 300 ppi .PNG file with a transparent background here.

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Art for Inspiration: Winter Poetry by Théodore Hannon

Winter Poetry, 1885
by Théodore Hannon (1851-1916)

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.
Martha Graham

Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something to express.
Brenda Ueland

Sometimes people are beautiful.
Not in looks.
Not in what they say.
Just in what they are.
Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger

Art for Inspiration: The Flower Girl by Herbert Gustave Schmalz

The Flower Girl, 1900
by Herbert Gustave Schmalz (1856 - 1935)

For you little gardener and lover of trees, I have only a small gift. Here is set G for Galadriel, but it may stand for garden in your tongue. In this box there is earth from my orchard, and such blessing as Galadriel has still to bestow is upon it. It will not keep you on your road, nor defend you against any peril; but if you keep it and see your home again at last, then perhaps it may reward you. Though you should find all barren and laid waste, there will be few gardens in Middle-earth that will bloom like your garden, if you sprinkle this earth there. Then you may remember Galadriel, and catch a glimpse far off of Lórien, that you have seen only in our winter. For our spring and our summer are gone by, and they will never be seen on earth again save in memory.
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Vintage Outdoor Graphic for Scrapbooking, Card Making or Graphic Design: Victorian Ladies on Ice Skates 1


Society is like a large piece of frozen water;
and skating well is the great art of social life.
Letitia Elizabeth Landon

An antique illustration from 1886 that shows two Victorian ladies in warm winter outfits and wearing ice skates on their feet. Use together or separately to decorate journal and scrapbook pages or in graphic design projects such as gift tags, bookmarks, cards, labels, brochures or reports. You can download the high-res 12" x 12" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Free Illustrated Template for Journal or Scrapbook Page, Card Making or Graphic Design: Friends in the Garden Journal Card 1


Sometimes the greatest adventure is simply a conversation.
Amadeus Wolfe

A digital journal template featuring three friends (family?) gathered together in the garden for conversation and perhaps advice? You can download this free high-res 4" x 6" @ 300 ppi JPEG here. Can also be used as a background for card making and other graphic design projects.

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