8.3.12

Reluctant to leave winter behind




























I am finding it hard to let go of winter. Usually in dread of darkness, this year through observance and photography I have strangely, weirdly, fully, fallen in love with winter.

The sparse branches of the hedgerow willows and the brown bracken outside my window, have become a familiar backdrop to my daily life. I am unsettled by the blazing golden fuze bushes which are lighting up my work station now and startled by the lengthening day with emerging fresh greens everywhere.

Since the Winter Solstice the world has been turning back towards the sun and I need to let go now and let the light return to my life. They say it takes four seasons to grieve a loved one. Bare winter will always be the reminder of how much we have lost, but Spring, when we allow her in, is a reminder of the future....






14 comments:

  1. Beautiful thoughts and images. We do emerge from our winter darkness somewhat startled and suspicious of the light.

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  2. Such beautiful photos those reflections are amazing. I am looking forward to spring it's my favourite season.
    Sarah

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  3. Wiosno przyjdź, proszę :-). Twoje zdjęcia są piękne, a tekst milo się czytało. Pozdrawiam. *** Springtime come, please :-). Your photos are beautiful, and the text is nice to read. Yours.

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  4. I can understand how you might feel!

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  5. I think it takes a lot longer than four seasons. Eight, at least. I hope spring brings you some pleasure, and warms your soul.

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  6. I'm sure that soon you will be ready to move on into the Spring, Winter is the season for rest and reflection but now it's time to go forward and embrace all that Spring has to offer.

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  7. Your images are exactly why I fell in love with winter...I too had to grieve for 4 seasons and fell in love with winter in the process...the new spring will be full of life and surprises. I look forward to enjoying them with you!

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  8. Each change we come upon takes us one step further into into the wisdom of life! Your reflection photos are perfectly symbolic!

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  9. I know how you feel...this winter has been difficult for me as well. I kept waiting for a true winter to arrive, but it never did. We were often deluged with changing temperatures and weather that mostly leaned toward the coming of spring. At first, I thought winter was slow in coming, but now that March has arrived and we still seem to be in the warmer temperatures I think winter is never coming. I will miss the snow-covered landscapes that sparkle in the sun, the cold windy days where I find warmth by the fire, and the stillness and silence of time as it seems to pause and rest. In the last few days, I have begun to embrace the coming of spring. I see the blooming daffodils and the budding cherry blossoms. It is time to let go of winter and welcome spring...

    Grief is an experience unique to each individual...perhaps taking four seasons, perhaps taking 10...whatever is comfortable for the bereaved. There is no time, no measure...just healing...just living...

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  10. Maybe it's not the winter, maybe it's not having the people around who were part of life... just one set of seasons may not be enough... it takes alot of courage to face each day when the people who were there just aren't anymore...and so we hide, in the lonliness and misunderstanding until the light attracts us back to life again

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  11. Beautiful photos! Such a lovely view. This has been such an odd winter.
    Greetings from Pennsylvania, USA
    Julie

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  12. Perfect images to tell the story.

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  13. Winter can be beautiful as well as harsh... but thankfully we have the Seasons to remind us that life is forever changing. Beautiful photographs x

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