The Bare Bones of Winter

The bare bones

witchy webbed against fomenting skies,


with barely a breathy promise of life.

Is your haunting silhouette a shadowy blight or a prayer upraised for spring?

About apronheadlilly

wife and mother, musician, composer / poet, teacher, and observer of the world, flawed Christ-follower
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273 Responses to The Bare Bones of Winter

  1. SL Schildan says:

    How did I miss these? Wonderful photos.

  2. Helen says:

    Beautiful photos and lovely poem πŸ™‚

  3. Cathy says:

    For some reason, I think they really look nice πŸ™‚

  4. caorthine says:

    These photos are absolutely beautiful!

  5. caorthine says:

    These photos are simply wonderful! Thank you very much for sharing!

  6. Jbot says:

    I have such a soft spot for winter pictures. They resonate with the doldrums of the soul. Thanks for much for these pictures! It must’ve been so cold to take them.

  7. Beautiful photography! I especially love that first one in black and white.

    …following your blog…

  8. You have a great eye, winter can be so beautiful…..

  9. Dormant trees are so stark and spectacular. Love them, love your words.

    Beautiful, haunting post!


  10. That first photo is amazing!

  11. djronstar says:

    Where are the icicles?
    Nothing more haunting than a hibernating tree with long finger like icicles hanging from the branches πŸ˜‰

    Cheers and congrats on being freshly pressed


    How To Be A DJ

  12. Thank you, Flawed Christ follower for your photos. They’re great!

  13. In my Art School Training thru the School of Industrial Art (Now called the School of Art and Design) in Manhattan, New York City, where I attended school as a young man; I was taught that simplicity was the key to great art. This blog, its poetry and especially its photo’s is a great example of such.

  14. Rai says:

    I love the pictures!

    Also CONGRATS on being fresh pressed!

  15. Dounia says:

    Absolutely beautiful photos and lovely words to go with them. Thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed!

  16. Very nice photos and poem!

  17. Ammon says:

    What an unexpected surprise! The picture caught my eye from the Freshly Pressed page, but your poem drew me in to the rest of the post. Lovely.

  18. Winter pictures always seem to have a mystical magical edge.
    Well done on being freshly pressed.

  19. ChiedzaMavangira says:

    Love the Photography!

  20. Tabless Tom says:

    I think that I shall never be
    A thing as lovely as a tree
    Others praise with joyful hymns
    I’m more at peace with upraised limbs

  21. 96arley says:

    Congrats on getting pressed! Keep up the great work

  22. Call me K. says:

    This reminds me of a poem I wrote last year:


    Winter wars with spring, instinctively.
    It blows frosts gusts whips
    fight fight fighting
    And her steady unfurling
    Marching bringing fruition piously, mindlessly,
    Blooming victoriously in her humility,
    Winter always loses.

  23. Maggie Mae I says:

    Gosh that’s pretty!

  24. claudsy says:

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed. I like your spare style to reflect the starkness of skeletal winter trees. With a sister who’s a landscape and nature photographer, I see many shots reflecting mood and personal thought. Yours are marvelously well-done. Keep it up.


  25. Lilith says:

    i thought poetry was dead, thanks for sharing…

  26. mosartpage says:

    just absolutely gorgeous!

  27. Glad I found your blog. Beautiful photos!!

  28. Eve Redwater says:

    Absolutely stunning photos! I’m so glad I visited your blog. πŸ™‚

  29. ctcranmer says:

    Love your poetry and pictures! The bare branches of winter trees have always touched my heart! I am following your blog!

  30. Rae says:

    I’ve always loved leafless trees, thanks for sharing!

  31. Never thought bare trees could look so beautiful. I guess at the end its about one’s perception.
    Love to see more on the similar theme. Cheers !

  32. So Weird that I cam across this after I have just written a post about how I love Coney Island (New York) in the Winter. Winter is so beautiful. In Durban (South Africa), we don’t really have winter and most of the trees keep their leaves all year round. One of my favourite things is the autumn leaves falling and then the raw tree structure that winter leaves behind. It is amazing that in spring, they burst forth into life, as if winter never happened.

  33. newsy1 says:

    Love your poetry and shots. Winter trees always seem so sad to me.

  34. adinparadise says:

    Love these pics. Trees are beautiful even when bare of leaves. As you so rightly say, they are full of the promise of Spring. πŸ˜‰

  35. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed! Love this post…

  36. starlight says:

    my favorite is the first photo.. it’s lovely.. oh and your poem, i love it.

  37. randallslack says:

    Wow! I’ve never got this kind of press!

  38. sbrown365 says:

    Yay! You got Freshly Pressed! Happy for you!

  39. ron abbass says:

    Aloha Lilly! Remarkable and striking photos. The following line really grabbed my attention: “witchy webbed against fomenting skies,” Congrats on being freshly pressed. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

  40. choconutmeg says:

    Beautiful photographs! I too find leafless trees set against the sky particularly enchanting.

  41. Dor says:

    Your pictures “speak louder than words.” And your words add the finishing touches to end up with art at its best. Love your blog and thanks for sharing.

  42. hopefuldays says:

    Beautiful pictures & thought provoking words – I love tree silhouettes.
    thanks for sharing…

  43. UCTeja says:

    Beautiful pics…!

  44. where I live the bare bones have been lost under the body tissue that is snow

  45. tercΓΌme says:

    These photos are looks good. But I don’t like winter. I live in Ankara ( Turkey ) The weather is very very cold. 😦

  46. Hello, Apronhead,

    “Is your haunting silhouette a shadowy blight or a prayer upraised for spring?” Ah, can we turn to the next question, please? ^^

    But your pics truly depict “witchy webbed against fomenting skies.” Your pics are talking. :):)

  47. lustingyou says:

    This is just perfect. My favorite season of the year. There is beauty in death. Keep up the amazing work!

  48. I’ve been seeing plenty of tree themed posts around the web lately. You’re photos are brilliant. I made a post a few weeks ago, on the same thing.

    Nice to know, Im not the only one obsessed with trees.

  49. Frillazeus says:

    beautiful photos and a true poem. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  50. thebigbookofdating says:

    Great winter shots! (:

  51. The Hook says:

    Great title! Beautiful, desolate shots.

  52. Thomas Davis says:

    The poem is strong. The photos, especially of the trees, are wonderful.

  53. inkslinger101 says:

    This is so beautiful. I don’t know why i didn’t come across this before πŸ™‚ beautiful πŸ™‚ I too am a poet. well an aspiring one atleast πŸ™‚

  54. Flawed Christ follower? Join the Club!
    The branches look bare now but there’s plenty of life to come yet.

  55. diggingher says:

    Beautiful images, beautiful words. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed. Thanks for sharing.

  56. janetkoops says:

    Beautiful photos and words. Congrats on being freshly pressed.

  57. elizabethweaver says:

    Exceptional evocative images and interweaving of text. Thank you.

  58. aytacgok says:

    Reblogged this on 10th Village.

  59. Oh, the black and the blue and the light… I love it when this happens. Lovely shots.

  60. divasLICIOUS says:

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  61. mercimercyme says:

    Reblogged this on mercimercyme and commented:
    But not in Southern California!!

  62. valentinedee says:

    Awesome and your words to describe it are beautiful.


  63. Great poem and photography. I love winter themes, .. a little of poetry and beauty into my day, Thanks!

  64. the octopi says:

    this is beautiful. the words and the images truly enhance each other.

  65. Randel says:

    Winter reveals all that is hidden. It is awesome the skeletons of the trees. God has endowed every season with so much beauty.

  66. Beautiful photos! I love trees and the many messages they send us in all the different seasons! Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

  67. alice pngen ..... says:

    Reblogged this on

  68. Absolutely breathtaking. Concise, but with many questions left hanging.

    We’re looking for writers to submit to an anthology and for our site, if you want some wider exposure for your work.

    Drop by and check us out πŸ™‚

  69. Ruyiswick says:

    top photo (black and white) is brilliant

  70. Tara says:

    Wow! Such stunning photos…

  71. LadyT says:

    such beautiful shots and words… ive recently become obssessed with taking pictures of bare branches, so i tottally love this.

  72. Breath-taking in word and picture. Thank you for reminding me of the beauty and peace we felt when hiking early this winter. I am so eager to get back to it with my three little boys.

  73. Moonmooring says:

    Great photos. I too favorite the first one. I love black and white.


  74. Nice photos to enhance the imagery!

  75. adarshatwar says:

    Lovely pics.

    I especially like the third one, with the tree-without-leaves silhouetted against the blue sky.

  76. belajar seo says:

    wow, your article is very useful. i like your blog. thank you friend.

  77. Arindam says:

    Beautiful photos with really beautiful words. Wonderful post.

  78. Ryan says:

    It’s scenes like this that make me want to stay under my duvet all Sunday, love your words.

  79. Reblogged this on Alexandra RomΓ‘n's Mink and commented:
    I always had a thing for bare naked trees. I’ve found them beautiful, intriguing. This picture I found in my daily reading on the Freshly Press on WordPress, are exactly that and they come with a short poem. Enjoy and get inspire! Don’t forget to visit the owners blog.

  80. Hello! Nice blog, please visit mine aslo ❀

  81. Dave Gerry says:

    Too many of us put our heads down and bulldoze our way through winter. Your work celebrates one of the details of our most misunderstood season. It’s all in the details. Thanks.

  82. mattrecepies says:

    Very good photographs. I also love trees.. i don’t know why they seem so special in their own solitude..

  83. nice photos πŸ˜‰
    the third photo JUST FALL IN LOVE WITH IT

  84. Chaks says:

    wow, great photographs. i like them all. thanks for sharing.


  85. jhointhecity says:

    Gorgeous. Gives me new appreciation for winter!

  86. gingerbreadcafe says:

    I love your pics, I really like the stark leafless trees against the icey blue sky. I like the way your poem conveys the slightly sinister look as well as the beauty of them.

  87. Such lovely bare bones…and writing as well, thank you for sharing!

  88. Emmanuel says:

    Beautiful, Just Beautiful…. I love it πŸ™‚

  89. I love the poem and the pictures made me feel inspired as I have been trying to put pen to paper to describe my winterized woods, that seem so devoid of color…thank you.

  90. lighthouse75 says:

    Beautiful! I love photographing in winter. Few colors but lots of shapes; the black-and-white conversion really accentuates the shapes and lines. Keep up the good work.

  91. Alphaeus says:

    Nice. I enjoyed the photos.

  92. PC PHOTO says:

    Crape myrtle is beautiful in bloom and naked! Great images!

  93. tarapappas says:

    Beautiful shots! Thanks for sharing! I’m really enjoying your blog πŸ™‚

  94. Tammy White says:

    Oh so lovely – thank you!

  95. Joe Labriola says:

    Beautiful to capture winter at its best! Nice shots.

  96. It is beauty like these photos and words that are the only thing I love about winter. It’s a season that tortures but in a gorgeous way. What a lovely post!

  97. Very beautiful!
    My children laugh at me because I comment on trees while out and about. I now laugh at them, because they do to. I passed down my love for trees! They think it such a random thing to point a tree.

  98. jdhascup says:

    Beautiful black & white treatment on the tree. Works well!

  99. strangely haunting and beautiful!

  100. Great photos! I really like the angle you picked to show the bare tree branches.


  101. ristinw says:

    Love trees photos! πŸ˜€

  102. Lavanya says:

    I loved these pics! They stay on in the memory for long!

  103. tank top says:

    beautiful and artistic…love it

  104. Donna says:

    Uplifting and super photos. Thanks!

  105. Sonali Dalal says:

    Beautiful bare bones,I must say!

  106. I like the pictures. I like your question ‘shadowy blight or prayer upraised for spring?’ Thoreau said it a long time ago, writing about the late-blooming witch hazel: there’s a little spring in every season.

  107. I like your photography. Such a great shots.

  108. gaycarboys says:

    Like you, I’m very fond of the bare branches of winter.

  109. ***The LensMaster says:

    Somehow, your poem pinched something in my heart…

  110. FitnessPal says:

    I am loving (and braving) the cold at the moment, thank-you for sharing your creativity πŸ™‚

  111. Captivating in in mystique πŸ™‚ Wonderful πŸ™‚

  112. travelsoloz says:

    i am AMAZED by your expression- dormant, yes, bare trees standing and dissolving into the background…

  113. Thanks . Photo kese lagai jaskti ha plz btaup.sadam.j

  114. tksoni says:

    Wonderful blog. Can I copy images and use it in my blog, if you permit.

  115. great pictures – well reflected winter feeling – πŸ™‚

  116. A solitary Winter walk is always rewarding!

  117. soul93 says:

    There is just something about winter bare trees that is just magical. Sad sometimes but magical. Amazing work..:)

  118. Littleskew says:

    Your pictures are stunning and quite mesmerizing; you could quite easily get lost within the moment you have captured.

    Beautiful words too

  119. Red Toenails says:


  120. What a truly beautiful post!

  121. bobluka says:

    I must be one of the rare ones. I absolutely love winter and your photos are stunning!

  122. elsapelle says:

    The poem is spectacular. Beautiful.

  123. bensten says:

    “witchy webbed” — nice alliteration and beautiful word choice.

  124. Is your haunting silhouette a shadowy blight or a prayer upraised for spring?–I hope it’s the latte πŸ™‚ I love your work!

  125. fivereflections says:

    these trees are beautiful

    David in Maine USA

  126. gaycarboys says:

    absolugely gorgeous shots of the trees naked in winter. I love them. Thanks for sharing.

  127. zumpoems says:

    Great pictures and elegant poetry! Just beautiful!

  128. Wonderful trees and skies… Nice words too. πŸ™‚

  129. 7theaven says:

    The first shot is the WINNER for me!

  130. oilithreach says:

    A sinewy image…nothing to attract the eye… shelter….. it stands alone awaiting the Spring. Isaiah comes to mind….

  131. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a very well written article. I’ll be sure to bookmark it and return to read more of The Bare Bones of Winter | Apronhead . Thanks for the post. I’ll certainly return.

  132. themofman says:

    These are fabulous, and “The Bare Bones” is definitely tops!

  133. Those are great photos! πŸ™‚ I love silhouettes of trees in winter. Nice to see black and white shots for a change too,

  134. Dave says:

    I love the first shot. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  135. norinep says:

    You’re a woman after my own heart! I love taking photos of trees! I’m a devoted tree hugger. πŸ™‚

  136. Dave says:

    I’m optimistic and voting for the prayer for spring. That was very kind of you to stop by my site. I like how the clouds stand out against the darker sky in your first picture, the black and white one. Nice interpretation of what you felt!

  137. themofman says:

    Good poem. I love that top shot.

  138. RichardB1001 says:

    You can feel the chill!

  139. Reblogged this on Apronhead and commented:

    I am reblogging my Bare Bones post of last January in hopes that fall will fall! It has been unseasonably warm, and the trees are not changing their clothes. So come, Fall. Come, Winter!

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