Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Winter Solstice and the hope of Spring? - Maree

“What fire could ever equal the sunshine of a winter's day?”
- Henry David Thoreau

One stubborn leaf... or the hope of spring?

Believe it or not, but this deciduous tree in my garden has this one, lonely leaf hanging from a branch in mid-winter - thought it was a sign of Spring! but no, it's an old leaf, still green, and just very stubborn, I guess. The shrub behind the is my evergreen Abelia grandiflora (Frances Mason).

Yesterday was Winter Solstice here in South Africa, the shortest day and longest night - currently dawn appears at almost 6.30am, and as from now on it will be getting lighter earlier each day.


  1. Hi Maree.
    And yesterday was our longest day, so from here on the days will begin to get shorter - a glum thought!
    Love the sketch Maree!

  2. Hi Sandra, we really are at the opposite ends of the world! Thanks for your kind comment!

  3. FABULOUS sketch, Maree -- and how funny -- winter solstice there, summer solstice here -- but to be able to share it right here in this blog -- utterly magical!

  4. Thank you so much Lin! You're right, totally Magical! And also the fact that your palette is all summery and bright and mine is very brown and wintery! Great!

  5. I love having art buddies all over the world... it was fun to be reminded of our seasons. Thanks for your interesting quotes as well as your art. I love the passing of the seasons.


  6. Thank you so much for that Oma3! All my 'art buddies' have taught me so much since I've started blogging, it's really fantastic!


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