“… ridged inch deep with pearl”


The snow had begun in the gloaming,

And busily all the night

Had been heaping field and highway

With a silence deep and white.


Every pine and fir and hemlock

Wore ermine too dear for an earl,

And the poorest twig on the elm-tree

Was ridged inch deep with pearl.


[James Russell Lowell — The First Snow-Fall]


(Click photos to enlarge)

12 thoughts on ““… ridged inch deep with pearl”

  1. jonohodson says:

    Reblogged this on Jono Hodson.

    • careann says:

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  2. Judith Robl says:

    Lovely! Something calming about a snowfall. We just had a small one yesterday. Not enough to make such pretty pictures.

    • careann says:

      Hi, Judith. I agree… I love the peacefulness of a landscape blanketed by a fresh snowfall. These photos were taken earlier. Our snow is mostly gone now.

  3. THESE PHOTOS ARE AMAZING. Makes me almost wish (almost!) that I could see it in person. I am SO not a cold weather person. Sad, really, how I limit myself. But there you have it. It is however gorgeous to look at. Thanks for these (and the poem, too).

  4. Shari Green says:

    What a lovely, evocative poem, and you’ve taken the perfect photos to go with it! 🙂

  5. Ah Carol, the magic of the muse, the splendor of nature unleashed and the majesty of your photographs all enrich this post and my day. Thanks 🙂

  6. careann says:

    Thanks, Diana, Shari and Florence. I love sharing my favourite scenes when everyone seems to appreciate their beauty so much. The first picture is of our marsh, the other, a highway shot taken from the car on a Christmas trip.

  7. joylene says:

    So beautiful. It reminds me how vital poets are. They will always interrupt our present and make it come alive for our future. I love that. These aren’t current pics though, right? You’ve got grass growing. At least I hope so.

  8. joylene says:

    oops, missed your answer above. You’re enjoying signs of spring. Nice.

    • careann says:

      Yes, Joylene, we have grass. The only snow left after five days of sunshine and a day of rain are the piles lining the edges of the road and driveway from earlier plowing. I’m hoping our winter is over and we’ll have an early spring now to make up for the terribly late one we had last year!

  9. I love that quote and your pictures just illustrate it beautifully! Wonderful.

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