the mystery of Winter fog
Photo by J. Harrington
The temperatures above freezing are a treat. The cloudy, overcast skies, not so much. Next week I'm planning on some trips to spots along the St. Croix River to take pictures and see if there's open water. Others have already set a nice pattern for me to follow. Some very nice photos of the Minnesota River's ice formations can be found here. Then there's Greg Seitz' recent piece about the Wonder of Water in Winter. For reasons I can't quite pin down, his photos make me think of what I felt like when I was in grammar school, just starting to explore the woods and waters around my home. It was a feeling of fun and excitement that I now recall with very fond memories. One of my all time favorite writers, Gene Hill, has captured a "grown up" version of those feelings in the passage below:
"But the truth, to my way of seeing it, is that those who love the bits and pieces of being there—the sweetness of a singing lark, the way one whitetail can suddenly fill up a clearing, the fearsomeness of a sudden storm, and the almost unbelievable sense of relief when we’ve gotten out of a very sticky situation—have to have a sense of the magic of it all, a belief in the intangible and unknown, and no small degree of unquestionable wonder."
The kind of "Being There" that Hill writes about doesn't fit neatly under a tree at Christmas, all wrapped in paper and ribbons. If it did, I would wish for nothing more, or less, than a multitude of Being Theres for those of us who love the outdoors and those who share that love with us. Those shared feelings beat socks, ties and slippers all out and are only enhanced by being accompanied by a puppy, dog, friends and family.
a stream to explore
Photo by J. Harrington
Let midnight gather up the windand the cry of tires on bitter snow.Let midnight call the cold dogs home,sleet in their fur—last one can blow
the streetlights out. If children sleepafter the day’s unfoldings, the wheelof gifts and griefs, may their breathingease the strange hollowness we feel.
Let midnight draw whoever’s leftto the grate where a burnt-out log unrollslow mutterings of smoke untila small fire wakes in its crib of coals.
Thanks for visiting. Come again when you can.
Please be kind to each other while you can.