The Dark of WinterThe dark of winter is on us, reminding me of deep snowy woods and promises to keep. I liked to recite that Robert Frost poem when I was hurrying home in the dark on the pathway next to the woods. Long nights with abstractions incubating under the surface has been my preoccupation. There … Continue Reading ››
An icy walk by the river recently while the sun was out. Calgary was one of the coldest places on earth just before the holidays and we have had lots of snow, the most in 112 years. I am thankful for the Chinooks that lessen the strain of the winter. … Continue Reading ››
We have had a a lot of icy fog and hoar frost this year and it is beautiful. Occasionally the sun breaks through. And though I would like to … Continue Reading ››
The river is not frozen over and we are well into December. I am overjoyed with the mild temperatures. Time to celebrate and decompress. If you want to find me on Christmas, I will be in the Rockies, soaking in the mineral springs, and dining in Banff. As … Continue Reading ››
Pensive gradual descent into the cool mist, penumbra moon, encircled by a ring of light, colder weather to come. Floorboards creak underfoot with a groan. The fog was thick the few nights surrounding the last full moon. And now the new moon has passed too and now it is … Continue Reading ››
Winter continues. The severe cold temperatures have left us for the time being. Soon the light will increase and nights will grow shorter.
The snow eater winds have tousled trees and have brought the magpies out of hiding rattling bones and garden gates. … Continue Reading ››
Deep dark days of winter are upon us now, winter solstice is here, its frigid nights cause contraction and hibernation, a dark night of the soul.
Let this be the time you set intentions for what will manifest as the light returns. Many … Continue Reading ››
View from Here
Many ways to stay warm. Still snowing while the cold snap continues. Woes of February, shortest and cruelest month of the year, if you live in Canada. This is the view from my office. The trees are heavily laden with … Continue Reading ››
Back to a winter wonderland around here. Even the birds are confused. Not sure if these geese are going South or North.
I wonder if they know? Sometimes difficult to get around when the weather is like this, so I have been … Continue Reading ››
Time to celebrate the return of the light, on this longest night of the year. I can tell you when I lived in the Arctic this was the most celebrated day of the year, next to summer solstice. The shortest and darkest, when … Continue Reading ››