Corner View: Water.

If I had all the time in the world, I'd drag out some of my old desert photos right now, because in the desert is the time that I feel the closest to the essence, the need, the aching purity of water. The desert southwest is a fascinating place to contemplate water in all its fickle wonder - water seeping into the desert floor, water pooled beneath the surface of the earth, water raging through slot canyons in deadly, spectacular flash floods when the spring rains come....carving the sandstone into fantastic shapes. Our own Colorado river has been tapped for decades to feed the ravenous appetites of California and Nevada. This is such a great deal to think about when you contemplate water in the desert.

But life is very busy for us right now - busy in a good way, but also busy in a head-spinning way. Time seems to have speeded up and the days are whipping by in a blur. As a result, I only have time to edit one set of photos today. And today, here at the feet of the Rocky Mountains, water has changed into snow.'s my corner view for the week:

An early stroll through the neighborhood, before daddy headed in to work.

We stopped in to the local Italian joint for a takeout spaghetti, warm bread and butter, and vinaigrette salad. Seemed like the thing to do. Someone who had a similar idea was sipping a glass of wine while waiting for her order, which made me smile. Such a lovely idea on a snowy afternoon!
ps - a lot of you have commented on the joy that comes from our photos, and I just wanted to say - this is no illusion. Amazingly, mysteriously, through some great alchemy of life, this is the joy that threads itself through our daily lives. We have lead good lives, M. and I both. We've had our ups and downs and our learning experiences (ahem!) before we met, but all in all we are fortunate people. And I think that even Q's early months were not so bad, in spite of the rather harsh hand that life dealt her at the very start. Her caretakers seem to have done well by her, if her open, happy, trusting personality is any indication. But I think it's safe to say that, for all three of us, these right now are the golden days. This is the height of our existence so far in this world - the little life we have built for ourselves. Joy has never shone so bright.

Theme chosen by Trinsch. Links at Dana's blog. Corner View source: Jane.


Joyce said...

A wonderfuland beautiful post. I can't believe shortly we will be having the white stuff out our door. xoxo

Gigi said...

Magic! These are so lovely. Here our water today was just water: ocean waves, fog, and rain, but I know the snow isn't far away!

Mlle Paradis said...

mazel tov!!!! but keep the snow!

Gretchen said...

Wow- you have serious snow! Snow here in SLC, too, but not the sticking kind (yet). Love these photos. Your red door is dreamy; family adorable. Thanks for sharing your light & joy!

pve design said...

Just today I was stating how magical the Autumn is with all the colors, and my son said - not as magical as the SNOW! All seasons and children bring JOY!
love your photos!!!

Jeanne-ming said...

joy....yes, your little family brings joy.

Jeanne-ming said...

thanks for stopping by. a compliment from you means the most. You have a good eye. My baby brother (almost 40) is here visiting. The father of Miya, born this summer. I took him by the gallery to see my show and he stopped in front of Eveningand stared a long time. Then said "My favorite."

as a new father, maybe he feels like that.

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Joyce, thank you! It's early for us, but thanks to the wonder of a child, I am actually thrilled!

Gigi - I envy you those ocean waves. But I also love Colorado's fluffy, swift snows. I guess I'll forever be torn between the east coast and the western skies.

Mlle Paradis - sometimes when our seasons get a bit too long I travel west for a bit of your eternal sunshine ;)

PVE - so true. every season is magic with a child.

Jeanne-Ming, I want that painting. I want it badly. I don't know if it's within my means...but oh, I do love that one!

Dana said...

you are blessed to find this joy. may you keep it for eternity.

FDChief said...


'I have no name;
"I am but two days old.'
What shall I call thee?
'I happy am,
Joy is my name.'
Sweet joy befall thee!

Pretty joy!
Sweet joy, but two days old.
Sweet Joy I call thee:
Thou dost smile,
I sing the while;
Sweet joy befall thee!"

W. Blake

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

FDChief, you always have the best words, whether your own or discovered.

Ancarol said...

what charming place ! It tempting from you to describe . I fall in there : )

jgy said...

Such joy indeed!
Happy snowy days to you, and wet ones too if it should start to melt:)
Best wishes from Japan, here in the south the snow sometimes blows by in around Dec, but never sticks.
Thanks for sharing yours...

Jenna's Scribbles said...

Oh my goodness, that's so precious! :)

MODsquad said...

You two in your hats... Darling!!

Happy Snow Day #2!

Ingrid Lyndon said...

I love following your blog.

it's magical!

Yoli said...

Thank you for sharing the Q in her winter loveliness. You do not what a treat it is for me to see this white wonderland. It is 8:47 AM here right now and 88 degrees, plus humidity. It is insufferable.

As always, I see all the love coming through your pictures and it fills my heart with joy.

Kari said...

now that is cold water. Lovely photo's. So happy.

caramelcaramelo said...

beautiful! the snow and so much love! for me, it is still autumn. you may like the photos on the latest posting on the caramelcaramelo blog. thank you so much for sharing such joy & beauty! kenza

lovepics said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! vivement l'hiver, I WANT SNOW!!!

trinsch said...

such a beautiful and warm post - despite the freezing weather on the photos ;)

snow! haven't seen that for a loooong time.

jen laceda said...

Snow already? Love the photos, though!!

Juniper said...

Oh the magic of snow!! You captured it so well (and I agree- the red door is enchanting and inviting)!! I miss the turning of real seasons, you certainly get a good dose of it in Colorado! Your trip out for takeaway was great as well, just the kind of thing I can see us doing at a moment like that. Nice set of photos to capture the feel. Your joy is certainly contagious- thank you!

Di said...

What a great post! The snow looks fantastic - it allows me to see how my friend that lives in Boulder sees snow! We hardly ever get any where we are (just the rain variety of precipitation falls here) because we are so close to the coast!

Keep enjoying life!

Dorit said...

Beautiful! So peaceful pictures, and the line about joy threading its way through your daily life good!