Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Black & White Wednesday ~ Shhhhh.....

"thank you nothingness
thank you clarity
thank you, thank you silence...."
Alanis Morissette

I am so in love with this time of year.
Not because of the glitter and glow, or the red and the green.
Not because of the carols, gatherings, sweets or surprises.
It's not even the good food, traditions and gobs of precious family time that speak to my heart as the winter season settles in.

No. It's the silence.

I love watching the earth fall silent.

In theses weeks when I see the hustle, hear the bustle and feel my own schedule fill up with goodness, I need the simplicity and peace of winter's barren landscapes. As the last leaves fall, and the branches stretch, bend, reach, curl and twist against the sky I am thankful for nature's return to seeming nothingness. For the emptying and the shedding. For the clarity. 

And for the silence.

It seems that I have fallen into a very reflective mood as this year comes to an end...if you need me, I'll be out with the trees. Breathing in the crisp air, walking through the fallen leaves and the fallen snow and dreaming...not of sugar plums...but of the wonders to come our way as life marches forward.

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  1. You are right, the earth does go silent. And its even more quiet on snowy days.

  2. Your photo is very well done, and very beautiful by the texture.
    I also love this quiet time when nature comes to rest, we should do the same.
    Friendly greetings from Germany

  3. Beautiful! I so agree there is a silence this time of year that speaks volumes!

  4. Silence is what we really need.. I need it now (noisy neighbours) but I will look at your image and try to close my ears.
    Your image is beautiful.

  5. Your reflections about this time of year are really beautiful... I suppose like all of nature, there is a reason for and a lesson to be learned in the quiet and barrenness of winter. I know for myself, I need spaces like this (though I can't say it's my favorite time of year!). Always so grateful for your kind comments on my blog Adrienne :)

  6. You are right about the silence. I think many of us need to embrace it a little more. Thank you for hosting. :)

  7. Oh, my gosh YES! Once again we are on the same wavelength.

  8. Oh...I love how the earth falls silent as well! Beautiful shot and words as always!

  9. I love this and this is so true! Winter can be hard for me with less light and the cold, but the gift of winding down, tuning out, and silence is a blessing.

  10. Great picture, Adrienne, and nice words! I personally like the silence when a lot of snow lies... let's see if we get some this year, the kids would like it :-)
    All the best,

  11. As much as I am not looking forward to snow (thank you last winter - enough snow to hold this girl over for awhile) - but I have to confess that I love the silence of when when the 'big snow storms' start - it is like everything takes a gasp to brace for the cold.

  12. Your thoughts were so beautifully stated.

    It is interesting how different people react to different seasons. For me, once the autumn leaves have fallen, I just want to see fresh green shoots on the trees.

    As an artist, I love color: brash and sassy color, pastel color, even muted color. As quiet as it can be, the achromatic winter is the time I spend anxiously awaiting something better.

  13. I love this picture, so simple and quiet.

  14. Such a lovely, quiet image to go with your narrative. Finding quiet and peace in this season is so necessary. We don't get snow here, but sure am enjoying the rain.

  15. I'm looking forward to some quiet. Lovely photo.

  16. Lovely image and reflections on the season.

  17. I too love the silence of winter. I find the bare trees and nearly monochromatic landscape to be almost a relief after the brilliance of fall.