Back in October, I posted a photo of the willow hedge that runs along my backyard fence, and I got a comment asking for another photo in the winter showing the bare branches. So here it is—the snow looks quiet and peaceful, but the wind was whipping it up just before I took this picture, and I hurried right back inside to get out of the cold!

Willow hedge on a cold sunny day with snow on the ground. 

The hedge looks especially pretty at this time of year, with all the little white catkins unfolding. It doesn’t matter how cold and snowy the weather gets—the willows always put on a show anyway! Our own lives are not so very different. Even though there are times when we may not feel that we’re in the most comfortable and nurturing environment, we are still capable of creating beautiful things; and all kinds of worthwhile lessons go on unfolding when it’s the right season for them.

Nurturing Thursday was started by Becca Givens and seeks to “give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy.” Visit her site to find more Nurturing Thursday posts and a list of frequent contributors.


  1. As an avid sailor who’s working toward a captain’s license in Florida, I really enjoy your blog home page cover photo. Where is this from?

  2. It is the trials and experiences — both good and bad — that aim in assisting us for our highest good and potential! Thank you for sharing and linking to Nurturing Thursday!!

  3. I remember the other photo, Meg. Nature can teach us a few things too.
    Inspiring photo and words.

  4. Hi Meg, Lovely post. the beauty comes from inside, we should be able to be like the trees, doesn’t matter the how around us is, what’s matter is what we can offer. But most of the time we forget it.

  5. I love seeing the catkins on bare branches, Meg ~ a promise that Spring is just around the corner, whatever the weather! And you are so right, when we are less than satisfied with our lot, it’s even more important to focus on the little things we can do to nurture ourselves through the darker days. 🙂

  6. Lovely post, Meg, a good reminder for all of us.

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