He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter…. In winter the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity.

John Burroughs, “The Snow-Walkers,” 1866


True beauty is found in simplicity.
Who said that?
Nothing fancy.
Nothing glamourous.
No sparkles.
No glitz.
No shiny baubles.
No makeup.
No expensive clothes.
Simple and delightfully minimal.
A bird.
Some twigs.
A grey sky.
All accented by a backdrop of the evergreen needles of the loblolly pine.
A soft bundle of puffed up feathers working as an insulating coat for a young mocking bird set amongst the barren twigs and sticks of an empty crepe myrtle and the thorns of the barberry.
No red carpet.
No camera lights.
No who’s who.
Nothing manmade.
A small gift from the hand of the Beloved.
Simply real.
Simply beautiful.



(images of a young, cold, mocking bird nestled along the twigs of a crepe myrtle of Julie’s yard / 2014)

4 comments on “Simplicity

  1. Jenna Dee says:

    Yes you are right Julie, this is the definition of natural beauty. Love Jenna ps. as always I love your photographs 😉

  2. Nice pictures Julie. I hope all the birds and animals survive tonight, it’s going to be really cold. Turned on the bird bath heater the other day so that they can get water!

    stay warm! 😉

    • oh Michael–you’ve got that right!! I think it’s currently 15 but headed to about 5. A heated bird bath is something I wish I’d thought of—Even the rain puddles from last night are frozen ponds in the yard.
      Yes, stay warm—a good night for a good football game 🙂
      I suppose I must be a Tiger tonight 😉
      stay warm—–julie

  3. Oh wow, Cookie. What a great post and what a great idea for the format! It was simply stunning! Blessings, Natalie 🙂

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