As individual…

as we are.

one crystalline snowflake

crystalline [ˈkristələn, ˈkristəˌlīn, ˈkristəˌlēn]

strikingly clear and composed of crystals

Water vapor and dust.

Wilson Bentley, a Vermont farmer, was the first person to photograph a single snowflake. He was born almost one hundred years before I was making the task far more formidable. His fascination with his subject matter gave him the nickname Snowflake Bentley.

I prefer to photograph snowflakes while outside in natural landscapes but on this day, with temperatures far below freezing, my windowpane provided an everchanging and unique perspective.

Snowflakes… truly unique and an excellent reminder of our own individuality.

Happy snow day!

One snowflake…

on a fall leaf.

snowflake balanced on a fall leaf

balanced [ˈbalənst]

a state of equilibrium

Whether or not you’re a fan…it’s here. This year on top of the added stresses the holiday season brings, we have Covid numbers increasing and early season snowfall! It’s the perfect time to think about balance. It’s tempting to jump on the 2020 Year from Hell bandwagon but when I think about it, I can find many things to be grateful for. If you’re finding that difficult to do I highly recommend taking one photo a day. It doesn’t have to be an incredible shot either. It’s the intention being set, the routine being followed; a purpose for the day that you will look beyond the disconnect and make a connection with something. It may not happen overnight but that one little gesture, one photo, can change your mindset and with that, bring balance.

Winter’s first…

snowfall.

illuminate [iˈlo͞oməˌnāt]

light up, clarify, explain

The first snowfall of the season illuminated by the glow from a single streetlight.

The last tomato.

One tiny ladybug.

A three bear summer.

The rest of the year will fly by as it always does but I will enjoy each moment and slow its passage.

Across Canada…

Happy Thanksgiving!

road leading to a mountain shrouded in mist

thankful [ˈTHaNGkfəl]

a feeling of gratitude

Today, people across Canada are celebrating Thanksgiving. In a year that has brought extreme changes to how we do everything, I’m grateful for where I am at this moment. There will always be challenges, but those challenges viewed from within the context of a life lived, hold different weights. When I was in a particularly difficult time of my life I remember saying to the woman who was sharing it with me, “Enjoy this time because when it’s gone, you will miss even this.”

Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating today. None of us know where the road will lead but we can enjoy the journey!

Choosing…

words.

pheasant walking away on a snowy road

walk away [wôk] [əˈwā]

a strategy for no-win situations

I enjoy conversations about human nature but have learned to curb my expectation that people can be something other than what they are. I love the words associated with this type of conversation.

intrinsic · fallible · flawed · inherent · nurture · behaviorism · causation · rational · biological · mimetic · potential · innate · entitled · narcissistic · gaslit · envious · manipulate · cognitive · dissonance · hoovering

They roll off your tongue but linger in the fetid air…

One creative…

man.

[ˈpäp ˌärt] pop art

art movement that began in the 1950’s and incorporated everyday objects

I saw my first Warhol in the 80’s, when a friend, now my husband, brought me to an art exhibit in the 80’s. Its simplicity, combined with the smooth commercially printed look, appealed to me and every so often I find myself digitally editing one of my images in that manner.

Warhol, was an incredibly interesting artist whose creativity and experimentation appeals to me still. He truly was a man who looked beyond the everyday objects, and found ways to make them fresh again.