I've gotten spoiled this winter, walking and snow shoeing on packed or broken trails. I'm enjoying it so much that I've been keeping my snowshoes in the car, rather than next to the door, ready to head out into my own woods. The only trails that I've walked since this last storm, were made by turkeys. They pack a short distance trail pretty well. This afternoon, feeling a little stir crazy, I went to check two of my favorite spots. Neither parking area had been plowed. No one had been there before me. Guess it's my turn to break a trail tomorrow.
For years I have been frustrated with the digital darkroom. Working with a mouse, menus, and commands never felt creative in a satisfying way for me.
Real darkroom work is tactile, physical. It is painting with light, a dance performed with your hands in semi-darkness.
Then along came cell phones with pretty good cameras and it all began to change. The popularity of iphoneography has developers writing wonderful, creative apps for photo editing. Touch screens, tablets make it hands on again. But different. I'm totally intrigued.
Bare ground or snow covered, the winter woods is magical. I am in my element. Yesterday four deer broused a mossy bank where in any other season they'd be invisible to me. This morning I watched 42 wild turkeys run single file through the woods. Stone walls have reappeared. Shapes, texture, light and shadow. Have you ever listened to the sound of the water bubbling in an icy stream?
It seems impossible that we have finally arrived in a year that once existed in the realm of science fiction. But here we are. It's exciting, to have a new year stretching out ahead, full of possibilities. We've got a few new things planned, tricks up our sleeves. Mostly, we'll see how it rolls. For today, we celebrated the first day by doing what we usually do (weather and location permitting); we went to walk by the sea. I pack snacks and champagne. Today, because it was cold and windy, there was a big pot of soup.. beef with vegetables, barley and mushrooms. We played music and enjoyed the scenery. We ate, walked and ate some more. We saw the sun set over the Atlantic.
Just before sunset, as we headed back to the van, we came across a young doe. She stood about 10 feet off the path eating, totally unafraid of us. We stood watching her for about five minutes. Then the wind finally drove us on. It was a magical moment, in equally magical light.
My wish for this year is that we open our eyes and our hearts to the magic. That we see it when we find it and that we find it often.
Did you know that there are meteors tonight and tomorrow night? Dress warmly.
I can hardly remember.. there was so much to be done.
Cookies! Baked, tested and packed.
Tons of laundry.. washed, folded and almost put away.
Books were loaded onto my phone for travel listening.
I took a beautiful walk in the woods. where else?
It snowed. I had nothing at all to do with that , but it was beautiful and a perfect way to great the first day of winter.
We finished the last episode of Marco Polo. It was hard for me to follow and I finally did some reading to fill in my lack of historical knowledge.
I celebrated by making a batch of wine biscuits, something I haven't done in a long time. I can't imagine why I stopped. I sort of forgot all about them. After finishing the last holiday job last week, we drove up to the hill to buy olives, cheese, bread sticks and wine biscuits. When I finished the last one, I remembered.