Peek into places close to my heart
Beautiful still life..
Gwen,Thank you. I hadn't really thought of winter scenes as "still life" but that is such an apt description!
What is without is subtly changed by what is within.
MB,Our inner thoughts can certainly influence the (emotional) tones of what the eyes behold. And sometimes Photoshop can encourage the feeling in another, slightly more elevated direction.
GORGEOUS wintry image, but I sense that the weight of winter is getting to you. You may have cabin fever, but how lucky for you that the views from the cabin are so stunning, and how lucky for us that it has internet access!PS: I notice that I can now only comment with a Google account--which I don't have--I'll see if I can circumvent this somehow.
Jann,Oh, that damn Google. I won't let it throw up barricades like that! Will try allowing "anonymous" back in so that anyone can comment. I just got annoyed with all the spam that kept creeping in.You are so right about the weight of winter. How can that fluffy white stuff be so heavy? Cabin fever has only just begun! Thank goodness for the internet, indeed--especially as it lets me wander village streets in Sicily.
PS. Jann,Am trying Open ID as an option for commenters. Let's hope it keeps the spammers out.
I truly love this photo. would make a great jigsaw puzzle. or just on a wall to admire.
GingerV,I am so pleased that this image has such a strong impact on you. I hadn't thought of it as a possible jigsaw puzzle, but I see how it could well present enough challenge to make it an interesting one, with its tonal subtleties. Thanks for the fresh look at it!
Beautiful photo and literally frozen. We have dodged 2 snow and ice storms but will probably be hit soon. I wish I had the weight of winter over and done with but the probability is not.QMM
Peggy,Oh, I'm with you in wishing the weight was over, as well as the wait for spring. "Only" 3 more months of "weighting" to go in these parts! So far have been lucky without any major blizzard or ice-storms, just a relentless, steady covering of cold white. Nothing to do with it but try to make it visually appealing in pictures. (You may have noted that I'm not a winter sports enthusiast)Thanks for visiting.
I actually miss your kind of winters where there is snow on the ground all season. I know, I know, there's always one in the crowd. :) Here we have mostly brown, dry winters with an occasional veneer of white. I have always loved winter, the kind I had growing up in New England - a magical snow. Winter has always been a time of hibernation for me, a sense of incubating; of going deeply within and experiencing the Essence of Being - which can be great Medicine, providing a felt sense of what is beyond the externals of life that weigh us down. Ditto what Michael said above... When we can see with the inner lens of our True Being, the externals can shift. We can see with "inverted vision" as you once said to me - "seeing within, while looking without..." It tends to change the view... :) If not you can always borrow my rose colored glasses :)
MM,We always miss what we don't have? The snow is always whiter on the other side? I am definitely not a winter person, but I live with one so I do understand the "other" point of view and can certainly appreciate the beauty of a landscape redefined by snow and ice. I just don't care to have my life redefined by such, as in not being able to get out for daily walks, having to bundle up like the Michelin tire man, dealing with icy sidewalks and messy roads, etc. etc. I live a rather isolated life and the winter only serves to reinforce and underline this situation. Quick--pass me those glasses!
Like a fairy-tale. Thank you for sharing. Please have a good new week.
Robert,And in this fairy tale the Sleeping Beauty of Springtime lies dormant, waiting for April's warming kiss to reawaken her from this deep, cold slumber.
So pretty! I ALMOST feel guilty sitting here in the heat...
Saj,Save your guilt for bigger issues. Besides, I think you've racked up a lot of points for having gone through all you've suffered over the past couple of years with earthquakes and such. Soak up some of those rays for me, but don't forget the SPF 30!
What a beautiful winter image, like lace. Frozen in time for sure!
Kerry,It was handy to have those trees posing there, right outside my back door!
When I look at those trees I get the feeling that they are dancing, perhaps to some music with rhythm , Maybe they are listening to your CDs When you are out.
Michael,Yes, they do look as though they're caught in the middle of a secret ritual dance; like they suddenly stopped and held their position when they sensed a human was observing them. I think they rattle their branches in staccato rhythms when no one is listening.
This is absolutely gorgeous.
Rebecca,I am so pleased you respond to the image with such enthusiasm! The trees were quite beautiful just as they were but I couldn't help but "enhance" their beauty with a few effects in Photoshop.
A beautiful snowy haiku!
LadyFi,Ah, you have just "elevated" my post by referring to it as haiku! Hadn't considered that...was more at a loss for words when I wrote it...but will gratefully adopt the poetic description.
what beautiful filigree patterns in the branches - quite stunning!
Catherine,Lovely description of those branches--filigree. Thanks!
Beautiful image,it feels chilly and warm at the same time. You've conveyed the feeling of watching the without from within perfectly.Ruby
Ruby,Oh, so nice to hear that I've succeeded in conveying the feeling of being warm inside while enjoying the cold panorama outside my window. Best way to enjoy winter, as far as I'm concerned.
You are entering a NO WORD VERIFICATION zone! Express yourself freely, write on the wall, scribble outside of the lines, and leave graffiti all over my comment box. It will make my day and I will happily leave a message for you in turn. Thank you for taking a peek into my Décolleté!