Hello, February!

 

WP_20160201_15_33_13_Pro

“Keep your faith in beautiful things;
in the sun when it is hidden,
in the Spring when it is gone.”
–  Roy R. Gibson  

 

WP_20160201_15_37_52_Pro

“The word February is believed to have derived from the name ‘Februa’ taken from the Roman ‘Festival of Purification’.  The root ‘februo’ meaning to ‘I purify by sacrifice’.  As part of the seasonal calendar February is the time of the ‘Ice Moon’ according to Pagan beliefs, and the period described as the ‘Moon of the Dark Red Calf’ by Black Elk.  February has also been known as ‘Sprout-kale’ by the Anglo-Saxons in relation to the time the kale and cabbage was edible.”
 – Mystical WWW

WP_20160201_15_30_13_Pro (2)

“Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight: the withered air
Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven,
And veils the farm-house at the garden’s end.
The sled and traveler stopped, the courier’s feet
Delayed, all friends shut out, and housemates sit
Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed
In a tumultuous privacy of storm.”
–  Ralph Waldo Emerson

WP_20160201_15_34_48_Pro

“The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.”
–  Gertrude S. Wister

WP_20160201_15_34_59_Pro

“Surely as cometh the Winter, I know
There are Spring violets under the snow.”
–  R. H. Newell

WP_20160201_15_31_50_Pro

 

“Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter’s pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year’s ill,
And prayer to purify the new year’s will.”
–  Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet’s: February

 

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/vibrant/

Advertisements