Winter Valentine

cold hill

I woke up today thinking of the photos I took at the Denver Botanic Gardens in January.

cold whirlwind

cold sculpture

moon gate

It was freezing cold, and the gardens were clasped in the icy grip of winter.

naked tree

red grass



The pictures reminded me that love can last through any season.

And bloom again & again.

waxy yellow


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Happy Valentine’s Day!!red & white

And as a final kiss, here’s one of my favorite poems from e.e. cummings:

O sweet spontaneous
earth how often have

fingers of
prurient philosophers pinched

,has the naughty thumb
of science prodded

beauty        how
often have religions taken
thee upon their scraggy knees
squeezing and

buffeting thee that thou mightest conceive
to the incomparable
couch of death thy

thou answerest

them only with



15 thoughts on “Winter Valentine

  1. It’s hard to slow down and spot the beauty when you’re freezing your butt off. Thanks for doing it for us, Betty, and for showing us, again, that humans and nature really can work together.

    • I love that you’ve photographed DBG in the late winter (and in Denver, March IS the late winter for sure). Here in Atlanta, things are already starting to bloom — a bit precariously — and that’s nice but I have to admit, I like a nice long winter!

  2. I love e.e. cummings poetry and am delighted to see one of his poems here. 🙂

    The Denver Botanical Garden doesn’t look cold in the pictures – perhaps because its not covered in snow? Your pictures are wonderful. As always. I like the tree with the white spots.

  3. LOVE the poem. Here’s one of my favorites for Valentine’s Day:

    True love, to whom my heart is prey,
    how dost thou hold me in thy sway,
    that in each day I find no fault
    but daily wait for love’s assault.
    ~Pernette du Guillet (circa 1520-1545)

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