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Winter Walking in the Skagit Valley

December 25, 2014

I watch for first light from inside. Sometimes the sun is just coming up.  Is it raining, foggy, cold or icy? It’s easy not to see the beauty early in the morning or to make excuses not to be out in the weather. Off I go – either with my umbrella or not.  The weather and time of day predict the color and atmosphere. Trees without leaves show off  patterned line structures. Suddenly I’m looking to see what angles the tree branches are or how the light is shining through the branches. I need to stop occasionally to take a picture or to jot down a thought.  In winter the grass becomes greener in contrast with the grey atmosphere. Water stands in the fields where migrating swans and geese are close to it.  The dirt in the field is blacker where farmers have built deep ditches to hold the water.    I’m certainly not conscious of the Fitbit strapped to my arm to record my footsteps. Walking lets me view the world and myself in a close up detailed way.  Gail

mist in the valley

mist in the valley

swans close to Barn

swans close to Barn

swans in residence

swans in residence

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stubble in the water

stubble in the water

deep ditches for water

deep ditches for water

ice patterns

ice patterns

line and color

line and color

line and texture

line and texture

Landscape

Landscape

a splurge of blue

a splurge of blue

mossy lines and structures

mossy lines and structures

circular patterns

circular patterns

near dark

near dark

pink is the color red

pink is the color red

magic moment late afternoon

magic moment late afternoon

 

21 Comments leave one →
  1. Kim W permalink
    December 25, 2014 5:46 pm

    Thank you Gail for sharing your thoughts and your pictures. Hope you and Don and maybe other family members are enjoying a snuggy day in The Barn with good food smells permeating the air.. Merry Christmas, Kim W

    • December 25, 2014 6:41 pm

      Nice to have made contact with you. Don is getting oven thermometers strapped to the oven as I write. We are having a customary glass of champagne in honor of his birthday.Gail

  2. December 25, 2014 5:55 pm

    Thank you for the lovely Christmas gift. Encouragement for my body, mind and spirit.

  3. Jill Taylor permalink
    December 25, 2014 6:22 pm

    A wonderful essay. Thank you Gail and Merry Christmas to you, Don and all the Creative Studies family

  4. December 25, 2014 6:51 pm

    Lovely pictures and thoughts. Thank you for sharing, Gail.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Don, and your family, as well as to the ever-growing Creative Studies family!

  5. December 25, 2014 6:54 pm

    Gordana, Too bad we live so far from one another but good to keep in touch. Gail

  6. Patrice Meffley permalink
    December 25, 2014 8:15 pm

    Beautiful display of your thoughtfulness, Gail! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

  7. Ann Darling permalink
    December 25, 2014 8:28 pm

    Happy holidays to you Gail. Thank you for sharing your wonderful creative abilities and stories. LOVE the wintry images … Very Best wishes for a healthy, creative 2015.

  8. December 25, 2014 8:56 pm

    Ann, Thank you for sharing your textiles with us. Gail

  9. Mical Middaugh permalink
    December 25, 2014 9:52 pm

    Always enjoy your photos and your classes!! Your camera shots over the years have certainly made an impact on my own photographs. Thank you, thank you. And a wonderful holiday to you and Don and all your family,
    Mical

  10. pennypeters permalink
    December 25, 2014 9:53 pm

    Beautiful pictures and thoughts. Slowing down and enjoying the presence of the wind, weather, landscape and nature….Thanks for sharing.

  11. December 26, 2014 1:38 am

    Thanks for the beautiful photos and the reminder to slow down and really look. I miss seeing the swans in the fields around the barn this year. We have a couple feet of snow so the last few mornings I have been out taking photos of the fresh snow on the trees and branches. Hope your Christmas was wonderful and best wishes for the New Year!

  12. December 26, 2014 5:52 am

    I am a little envious of the snow in Montana. Send us some pictures of one of your walks for a blog. Gail

  13. December 26, 2014 7:50 am

    The Wow factor is alive in all of those wonderful pictures Gail. Thankyou for teaching us to look and really see. Love to you and your family this Christmas. Judy x

  14. Barbara Fox permalink
    December 30, 2014 8:21 pm

    I find the stubble in water fascinating and mesmerizing. The abrupt short stubble makes a repeating pattern of orderliness that speaks to me. Thanks for sharing your intriguing photos, Gail. The Skagit Valley is such an inspiring place. All my best wishes for a wonderful new year!

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