Golden Winter Days (December 25)

To be sure, we had some gray days, some low and quiet and still days…But winter days are full of golden beauty, as well, just awaiting discovery!

Out at Hovander Homestead, the fields are golden and on a clear day, Mt Baker shines brighter than the clouds!

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The low-angled sun rains golden drops across the marshlands…

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And the still waters mirror the beauty, doubling the golden landscape…

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(photo courtesy of Spencer)

It’s all the same to the American Coot, who glides along placidly, not seeming to take any special notice of his splendid surroundings 🙂

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And something mysterious happens in the golden grasslands, where millions of strands of glittering silk wave and ripple from the tops of the stalks…I don’t know what they are, but I could watch them for hours.

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Far away on the wing, some type of raptor, maybe a red-tailed hawk, is highlighted by the golden rays.

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A little sparrow soaks in the radiance, lighting up with bright eyes and shimmering feathers.

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The great blue heron captures some of the golden light within the tips of his feathers.

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Out at Inspiration Point, Barrow’s Goldeneye carries his bright bit of gold around with him all the time.

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And on a beautiful Christmas afternoon, after Christmas Eve caroling, after opening presents, after remembering the story of the first Christmas, and why this day deserves such great celebration, after Christmas cookies and Christmas wishes to loved ones far away, Boulevard Park drew us out to its golden winter shores again…

The bright, low sun turned the waves to bright glass-green…

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And the nearer I looked, the brighter the rainbow of sea-smoothed stones and simple shells became…

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The sky’s reflection was crystal-clear where the water was still…

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(photo courtesy of Spencer)

And the golden sunlight was warm and lovely where the kids were not still 🙂

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A kingfisher perched above us, backlit and decorated by the sun’s golden rays…

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Showing a new splendor as he took flight…

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Every detail of his intricate feathers brought to life by the golden winter rays.

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Decorated forests…

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Family photos…

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Christmas lights…

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It’s a rich season, full of blessings from a God whose color palette is never exhausted, who has turned our winter days to gold!

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