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Embracing Winter

Looking back at my last two posts, I was struck by the contrast…the dreamy tropical seascapes vs. the home reality of winter. I have never cared too much for winter. I spent much of my time bundled up and avoiding it. Now that I’m older and my internal thermostat has risen a few degrees, the chilly weather is not so intolerable. Photography has also changed my perspective on the scenery. Bare branches against a winter sky are a much more interesting subject than a sea of green.

A recent snow storm gave opportunity for some inspiring scenes. With a few tweaks of digital alchemy, I’m enjoying the results of a drive through the countryside.

IMG_4279It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. ~John Burroughs

IMG_4281What a severe yet master artist old Winter is…. No longer the canvas and the pigments, but the marble and the chisel. ~John Burroughs

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IMG_2511Nature has many scenes to exhibit, and constantly draws a curtain over this part or that. She is constantly repainting the landscape and all surfaces, dressing up some scene for our entertainment. Lately we had a leafy wilderness; now bare twigs begin to prevail, and soon she will surprise us with a mantle of snow. Some green she thinks so good for our eyes that, like blue, she never banishes it entirely from our eyes, but has created evergreens. ~Henry David Thoreau, Nov. 8, 1858

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IMG_4308I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. ~Andrew Wyeth

IMG_4311Every mile is two in winter.

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