Wednesday, January 13, 2010

You Capture - Winter

I love winter. I love everything about it. The snow. The cold. The sweaters. The running. The ice. The glistening. The hot cocoa. The way my glasses fog up when I come in the house. Using the four wheel drive. Snow days. Just every little thing.

But...

This happens to me every year. Right about now. This patch of blue settles over me. Always about this time of year. Always so so hard to navigate through. Always so so easy to just sink in to and kind of wallow. The reasons vary. Maybe it's that subsisting on a diet of peanut butter balls and fudge, no matter how much you continue to run and yoga, will cause you to gain weight. Maybe it's the feeling that your changes in appearance have somehow let loved ones down. Maybe it's the feeling that you might not have much of a place in the greater landscape of your family. Maybe it's something that you can't name at all. Maybe it's something that you haven't even thought of. (And by "you" I mean "me.") But it all adds up to equal blue.

But blue is temporary. Even now, in the middle of it, I know that (as my dear, wonderful boss from my library days used to say) this, too, shall pass. Even now, in the middle of it, I'm preparing for it's passing. I've moved The Beatles into more frequent rotation ("it's been a long cold lonely winter" but "it's alright."). I know there's a detox session on the horizon. And, no matter what, I never seem to lose sight of just how beautiful everything around me is.....


The way the places that are so familiar are so different, but still so comforting.....


Blue is hard. But white can manage to shake blue off, even just for a little while.


Winter marches on at Beth's.

18 comments:

jaime said...

I really, really like the last shot of the trees and the snow. So pretty...

WackyMummy said...

I love the berries, the house through the trees, and the street at night shots the best. =)

Amy said...

What wonderful shots! I especially love the night shot of the street.

Lyndsay said...

I REEEEAALLLY love these pictures.

And I've used "This too shall pass" as my mantra many, many times... and it's true... it does. (((Hang in there!)))

Corinne said...

Gorgeous pictures.
I hear you on the winter blues. Thankfully spring comes every year.

Kirsten said...

I feel the exact same way! The dreariness can get to you, but there is such beauty in the shades of white and gray of winter. Thanks for sharing.

Graceful said...

Your pictures are beautiful -- I love the outdoor cafe scene...actually I love them all. I hope your blue passes soon...I can so relate to that.

Stillmary said...

When you can make white as beautiful as you did in your photos, it definitely doesn't leave room for blue. Really wonderful pictures - all of them!

Heart2Heart said...

These pictures are beautiful and a reminder that even those snows and bitter cold and blues only last for a short season. Life still goes on!


Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Baby Mama said...

beautiful pictures! I love the last one of the snow piled on table and chairs! im sorry you are blue :( i hope you feel better soon... and i hear ya on the weight gain thing...ugh.

busygirl said...

Great captures, I love the crocked one of the lake, it has a real quiet, wintery feel to it.

Saj said...

What beautiful captures! The berries are divine, and the house through the trees is so quaint. And I hear you on the "blue" thing. I get it too. Keep finding the beauty around you. You do such a great job!

Anonymous said...

I get the same thing every year around this time and I think it's a seasonal depression syndrome... shorter days, less sun, not enough vitamin D. I battled it this year by taking a week off work. I was able to get more sun time during the day (rather than hiding in my cubicle at work during all the daylite hours) and able to do a little hibernating (which is what I really crave this time of year). Praying your blues are short lived and those shiny days are back soon in full force! -pamsue

tiddlyompompom said...

beautiful photos. hope you feel happier soon

Heidi said...

Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing them, they helped chase away my blues for a little while.

Bacardi Mama said...

I get the same "blue" feeling and the last few weeks have been especially hard. I've had the same feeling of not fitting in. We both do you know. As usual, I love your captures. You have an amazing eye. Love you!

Crystal @ Semi-Crunchy Mama said...

Beautiful pictures...that shot of the cafe tables & chairs at night is especially stunning.

I feel you on the winter blues. I think I'm right smack in the midst of them myself...just trying to looking forward, knowing that spring will come, eventually.

Prairie Lady said...

love those. lots of creative captures.