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Winter Walking in Montana…. Guest Blogger Ruth Lane

December 29, 2014

It is always wonderful to see fresh snow especially on a sunny day. These photos were all taken around my house and I didn’t have to walk very far at all to find winter beauty. The first day I took snow photos, I heard the poem “Winter Grace” by Patricia Fargnoli on the Writer’s Almanac while driving to work. It was a perfect explanation of how I felt enjoying the beauty of the snow and the silence and stillness of nature. Some of my designs were inspired from this.  Ruth

 Winter Grace

by Patricia Fargnoli

If you have seen the snow
under the lamppost
piled up like a white beaver hat on the picnic table
or somewhere slowly falling
into the brook
to be swallowed by water,
then you have seen beauty
and know it for its transience.
And if you have gone out in the snow
for only the pleasure
of walking barely protected
from the galaxies,
the flakes settling on your parka
like the dust from just-born stars,
the cold waking you
as if from long sleeping,
then you can understand
how, more often than not,
truth is found in silence,
how the natural world comes to you
if you go out to meet it,
its icy ditches filled with dead weeds,
its vacant birdhouses, and dens
full of the sleeping.
But this is the slowed-down season
held fast by darkness
and if no one comes to keep you company
then keep watch over your own solitude.
In that stillness, you will learn
with your whole body
the significance of cold
and the night,
which is otherwise always eluding you.

“Winter Grace” by Patricia Fargnoli, from Winter. © Hobblebush Books, 2013. Reprinted with permission.

The poem is copied from the Writer’s Almanac web page. http://writersalmanac.org/page/10/

Photo  Ruth Lane

Photo Ruth Lane

Photo  Ruth Lane

Photo Ruth Lane

Photo  Ruth Lane

Photo Ruth Lane

Photo  Ruth Lane

Photo Ruth Lane

Photo  Ruth Lane

Photo Ruth Lane

Photo  Ruth Lane

Photo Ruth Lane

Photo  Ruth Lane

Photo Ruth Lane

Photo  Ruth Lane

Photo Ruth Lane

Artwork ©Ruth Lane

Artwork ©Ruth Lane

 

8 Comments leave one →
  1. December 29, 2014 3:29 pm

    Beautiful . . .

  2. December 29, 2014 7:19 pm

    I shoveled 6 more inches yesterday since these photos were taken. It’s piling up but it is still beautiful 🙂

  3. pennypeters permalink
    December 29, 2014 8:04 pm

    I can see the quiet of the snowladen day in your photos. What Wonders winter brings us! Thank you.

  4. zedster66 permalink
    December 29, 2014 8:22 pm

    Gorgeous photos, Ruth 🙂
    We get half an inch then it turns to brown slush!

  5. December 29, 2014 9:14 pm

    Haven’t seen snow like that since we moved from Minnesota. Don’t think I miss it, but I still have some nice pictures of our house there.

  6. Barbara Fox permalink
    December 30, 2014 5:31 am

    Beautiful winter photos, Ruth. And your artwork inspired those walks in the snow… thank you

  7. December 31, 2014 9:40 pm

    Thanks Everyone! Now it is really, really cold but the sun is shining. 🙂

  8. December 31, 2014 11:12 pm

    Great photos Ruth. it is beautiful where you live. I don’t think it fair of you to be hording the snow. Could you send some my way please.

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