ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Snow Twigs; a Wintry Photo Poetry Collage

Updated on November 14, 2020
Fossillady profile image

Kathi writes about fossils and other earthly subjects, plus the natural fauna of Michigan, features in her community, poetry, and more.

The last week of February in good ole Michigan of USA, we were doused with one of those heavy snowfalls with crystallized flakes sticking to every thing in sight. Not a single tree trunk, branch or twig was exempt from its free fall! Nature never ceases to amaze, not even during the dull days of midwinter. Please enjoy my inspiration of photography and poetry from Mother Nature and Old Man Winter! Also, an anecdote about the recent threats to the Eastern Hemlock Tree.

Snowy Tree Trunks and Twigs Galore
Snowy Tree Trunks and Twigs Galore

Snow Twigs

No longer hiding our bareness of limb

not even from our closest of kin,

There are so many of us I never knew

standing right next to me in shadowy hues,

Nice to meet you

Nice to simply see you

How do you do . . .

Love your new coat all furry and white

just like the one I'm wearing with the name brand, Snowbright,

It's a new line that just came out

Mother Nature designed it during one of her bouts

Sticky Snow Creates Winter Beauty
Sticky Snow Creates Winter Beauty

Twig or the Trunk

What's more important?

the twig or the trunk,

The answer is simple . . .

One without the other

would be dammed and debunked

Quiet Hush Michigan Winter Scene
Quiet Hush Michigan Winter Scene

Winter's Quiet Hush

Listen . . . can you hear

the soft pitter-patter of the hush-hush snow

without the whistling wind to blow away blow,

Oh, how lovely this quiet moment I prize

no worries, no doubts to which I despise

and cause me to miss this beauty before my eyes

Golden Leaves of Beech Trees Hang Onto Branches Throughout Winter's Fury
Golden Leaves of Beech Trees Hang Onto Branches Throughout Winter's Fury

Ode to the Leaves of the Beech

Leaves of the beech trees

hang tight in winter's breeze,

Hold on friends, that's what they say

don't let go till another day,

Here comes nature's wrath

again and again,

Together we stand

divided we fall

Face it, my friends

we're here for the long haul

 Abandoned Barn Deep in a Michigan Wintry Forest
Abandoned Barn Deep in a Michigan Wintry Forest

The Six Senses of the Abandoned Barn

Once upon a time, but not anymore

so much life happened here, now written in lore,

I once saw wagons, goats, pastures and chicken feathers

pedal pushers, fruit stands and grapevines tethered,

I smelled honey bees, corn crops and gardens of roses

kerosene and dairy farms offending neighborhood's noses,

I tasted potatoes and peaches stored in my upper decks

radishes, rhubarb and preparations for picnics,

I heard horse hoofs, seesaws and hands sifting through grain

the rat-a-tat of woodpeckers and passing trains,

I was touched by drooping branches over the top of me

and the footsteps of laughing children running around free,

I felt the family struggles and times of success

teenagers in my haystacks escaping from the rest,

Today, I sense their fleeting spirits every now and then

to say hello and remember when . . .

The Snow Bound Forest
The Snow Bound Forest

How Many of Thee

There are about ten or so acres across the street from where I live, but strolling though the forest that day, I was rather amazed at how many new trees popped into view presented by the magical sticking snowfall!

How many of thee are we

about a million and three,

The world population better watch out

move aside humans, have no doubt,

Make room for our species

or you'll fall to pieces

when we're gone

Hemlock Evergreen
Hemlock Evergreen

In the early nineteen hundreds, many of the hemlock trees in Michigan were cut and bark stripped for their tannin used in the animal hide industries. Coincidentally, there was a tannery just a mile from where I live along Pier Cover Creek which I've written briefly about in another post here at Today, in Michigan, the trees are threatened by an invasive bug and a watch list has been established toward their cause. (See link for what to look for and the next step you can take). They are a beautiful shade-loving large evergreen that provides shelter for many birds and animals.

In more forest settings, hemlocks can be found growing among sugar maples and beech trees in hardwood forests. The dark green foliage of hemlocks offers a visual contrast to the lighter green foliage of hardwood trees around them. In winter, when the hardwood trees have shed their leaves, hemlocks stand as evergreen sentinels offering some color interest versus the grays of the dormant forest. My photograph provides a perfect example of this description.

Ode to The Hemlock

Hemlock, oh hemlock

loved by the birds and the bees

sitting quietly under the shade trees,

You look so beautiful and smell so divine

the wind through your needles sounds like a rhyme

The air is fresher when you're around

you shelter the animals with your branches abound,

Come back, come back to us, healthy and strong

I never want to say to you, "So long"

 Adirondack Dressed in Snow
Adirondack Dressed in Snow

Darling, shall we sit outside with our tea

Not on your life, my silly hubby

Abandoned Fence Buried in Snow
Abandoned Fence Buried in Snow
Snow Twigs Up High
Snow Twigs Up High


When I look up

into the tops of trees,

I get the feeling someone's

looking back at me,

With a deep breath I say, "Hi"

to that big ole wonder eye in the sky

Notice anything unusual about the wintry cabin photo? There's a bright blue circle of light on the front of the cabin to the right. It's kinda hard to miss, actually. Click to enlarge the photo and see amazing details in the orb. I believe I captured a loving spirit of someone who was watching over me during my forest photo stroll; someone I feel close to me quite often.

And I'll leave you with that thought for the day . . .

I hope you enjoyed my winter photo tour! Blessings to all . . .

Do you believe you can capture a spirit with the camera?

See results

© 2013 Kathi Mirto


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)