Sep. 25th, 2017 07:17 am
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Originally posted by [ profile] prettygoodword at aconite
aconite (AK-uh-nait) - n., any of about 250 plants, many of them poisonous, belonging to the genus Aconitum (in the buttercup family) having irregular flowers usually in loose clusters; any of around eight closely related plants of the genus Eranthis, more usually called winter aconite.

Also called monkshood, wolfsbane, leopardsbane, mousebane, women's bane, devil's helmet, queen of poisons, and blue rocket. Monkshood is especially applied to A. napellus, which was cultivated for medicinal purposes (and used very carefully because poisonous. Winter aconite is among the first flowers of spring where they grow. The word is from French aconit, from Latin aconītum, from Greek akonīton, the name of the plant, of uncertain origin.

Winter Aconite Fairy

Deep in the earth
I woke, I stirred.
I said: “Was that the Spring I heard?
For something called!”
“No, no,” they said;
“Go back to sleep. Go back to bed.

Up, up, I climbed,
“You’re far too soon;
The world’s too cold
For you, so small.” So I was told.
But how could I
Go back to sleep?
I could not wait; I had to peep!

And here am I.
How wide the earth! How great the sky!
O wintry world,
See me, awake!
Spring calls, and comes; ’tis no mistake.
—Cicely Mary Barker


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Originally posted by [ profile] levkonoe at Lucie Bilodeau

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Originally posted by [ profile] duathir at Bayard Taylor, 'A Night With A Wolf'
A Night With a Wolf

Little one, come to my knee!
Hark how the rain is pouring
Over the roof in the pitch dark night,
And the winds in the woods a-roaring

Hush, my darling, and listen,
Then pay for the story with kisses;
Father was lost in the pitch-black night
In just such a storm as this is.

High on the lonely mountain
Where the wild men watched and waited;
Wolves in the forest, and bears in the bush,
And I on my path belated.

The rain and the night together
Came down, and the wind came after,
Bending the props of the pine tree roof
And snapping many a rafter.

I crept along in the darkness,
Stunned and bruised and blinded...
Crept to a fir with thick-set boughs,
And a sheltering rock behind it.

There, from the blowing and raining,
Crouching I sought to hide me;
Something rustled, two green eyes shone,
And a wolf lay down beside me.

Little one, be not frightened; )

by Bayard Taylor
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Originally posted by [ profile] duathir at Robert Frost, 'To a Moth Seen in Winter'
To a Moth Seen in Winter

There's first a gloveless hand warm from my pocket,
A perch and resting place 'twixt wood and wood,
Bright-black-eyed silvery creature, brushed with brown,
The wings not folded in repose, but spread.
(Who would you be, I wonder, by those marks
If I had moths to friend as I have flowers?)
And now pray tell what lured you with false hope
To make the venture of eternity
And seek the love of kind in winter time?
But stay and hear me out. I surely think
You make a labor of flight for one so airy,
Spending yourself too much in self-support.
Nor will you find love either nor love you.
And what I pity in you is something human,
The old incurable untimeliness,
Only begetter of all ills that are.
But go. You are right. My pity cannot help.
Go till you wet your pinions and are quenched.
You must be made more simply wise than I
To know the hand I stretch impulsively
Across the gulf of well nigh everything
May reach to you, but cannot touch your fate.
I cannot touch your life, much less can save,
Who am tasked to save my own a little while.

by Robert Frost
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I know it's a bit late, but I thought you might enjoy anyway...:)

Found via [ profile] elenbarathi--many thanks!

These two by Gwydion Pendderwen are rather somber but lyrical:

Return of the King:

Lyrics: )

The Wintery Queen:

Lyrics: )

And this one is funny:
(Santa Claus is Pagan Too, by Emerald Rose)
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Originally posted by [ profile] levkonoe at Открыточка от Mark Daehlin

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Originally posted by [ profile] duathir at Richard Aldington, 'The Faun Sees Snow For The First Time'
The Faun Sees Snow For The First Time

Cloud-whirler, son-of-Kronos,
Send vengeance on these Oreads
Who strew
White frozen flecks of mist and cloud
Over the brown trees and the tufted grass
Of the meadows, where the stream
Runs black through shining banks
Of bluish white.

Are the halls of heaven broken up
That you flake down upon me
Feather-strips of marble?

Dis and Styx!
When I stamp my hoof
The frozen-cloud-specks jam into the cleft
So that I reel upon two slippery points ...

Fool, to stand here cursing
When I might be running!

By Richard Aldington
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Saucy "Escort Cards" were a way to flirt in the 19th-century US, from National Geographic

Printed souvenirs from frost fairs held on the frozen Thames, from Slate's The Vault

(must have been quite a job, hauling all that heavy printing equipment on and then off the ice...)
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Jan. 23, 2016---Male giant panda Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN) woke up this morning to a lot of snow, and he was pretty excited about it. Giant pandas have thick woolly coats that keep them warm in the snowy mountains of China. #Blizzard2016

(by Smithsonian National Zoo)
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(painting by Xenia Shafranovskaya)
Originally posted by [ profile] levkonoe at Ксения Шафрановская

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In a snow day at Polar Bear Plunge, the San Diego Zoo imported nearly 26 tons of their natural element for bears Kalluk, Tatqiq and Chinook on Dec. 18, 2015. The snow was made possible by donors to the animal care wish list on the zoo website — Video and photos provided by the San Diego Zoo. For story, see Times of San Diego at:

Living by

Dec. 10th, 2015 01:10 pm
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Living By
Ben Jonson

Walking, snow falling, it is possible
to focus at various distances
in turn on separate flakes, sharply engage
the attention at several spatial points:
the nearer cold and more uncomfortable,
the farther distanced and almost pleasing.

Living, time passing, it is preferable
to focus the memory in turn upon
the more distant retrospects in order
that the present mind may retain its peace.

Yet knowing that seeing and remembering
are both of course personal illusions.
This poem is in the public domain.

Ben Jonson (1573 - 1637) was born in London and is generally thought to be England’s first poet laureate. A well educated man, he explored first bricklaying, then soldiering, then acting as a career before becoming a playwright and poet. A contemporary of Shakespeare (Jonson’s assessment of Shakespeare was that he was "a naturally gifted writer who failed to discipline himself."), Jonson was an extremely successful and popular playwright himself. His strength was satire and comedy. But while his plays tended to be bold and controversial, Jonson’s poetry is typically gentle and introspective. Quite the party animal, Jonson’s volatile temper brought him several stints in prison, at least one fatal duel, and innumerable arguments.

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(from Dream Landscapes in the World FB pg)
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(from Dream Landscapes in the World FB pg)
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Recently, because of the cold weather, the waves in Nantucket were coming to the shore as frozen slush. Taken by Jonathan Nimerfroh; more photos can be found on this website:

A worker clears branches around an ice-covered power line Wednesday in Finksburg, Md., after a winter storm passed through the area. AP photo
Ice climbing on partly-frozen Niagara Falls (great photos): Will Gadd, ice climbing the Niagara Falls
Also in winter news: the travel website for Ithaca, NY, has been recommending that any prospective visitors go to the Florida Keys instead :P
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1. Watch a bubble freeze in real time:

Do take a look, the video is only a few seconds long and there are photos as well, and instructions, in case you want to try it yourself:

2. Chocolate health myth dissolves

3. Great videos in this link: "If other Solar system planets took the place of the moon" and "If other stars took the place of the sun":

Replacing our moon with other planets yields stunning views

([ profile] browngirl--you must see these! ;))

4. Australia--trip to the historic gold rush town:

5. People who failed at their one job (list from 2013)

And two more lists of the same kind:

People who had one job to do and still failed, from 2014

30 more fails

(yes, there are some repeated items among the lists)
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Dust of Snow

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

(Robert Frost)
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(via Dream Landscapes in the World FB page)
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(via Paris Belle Epoque FB page)


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