Beauty of Winter

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”

– Aristotle

“…in winter…you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it; the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.” (Athabasca River Gorge, Jasper National Park, Alberta)

– Andrew Wyeth

“The color of springtime is flowers; the color of winter is in our imagination.”

– Terri Guillemets


Tina’s theme: Cold

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Fantasy Tree

“Fantasy and reality often overlap.”

(Walt Disney)

“Fantasy…opens our eyes to an unseen world and trains our mind to see beyond the visible.”

(Bryan Davis)


Frank’s theme: Fantasy

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Waiting can be glorious

Pivotal moment

When anticipation rises

New beginnings await

Simplifying life

When traveling light

Steps overcome

Walking into the unknown

Towards the light

Sky suddenly opens

Looking into the eye

Of wholeness


V.J.’s theme: Wholeness

Patrick’s theme: Waiting

Amy’s theme: Waiting

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Depth of a Wish

(Image of sun dogs off my balcony taken recently when the temperatures plummeted. I wished for an interesting, new photo and here it is.)

A wish

Is a tricky thing

A momentary thought

A sparkle of possibility

Harnessing the luck

Of a falling star

Or celebrating growth

From year to year

Or is it more than that


If one lingers too long

A wish turns into something else

A hope for the future

Or a dream to be fulfilled


Wishes are fickle

Manifesting whenever they choose

Some almost instantaneously

And others languish in the ether

Waiting for the time to be right

And others never have a chance

To grow their wings


V.J.’s theme: Wish

Patrick’s theme: Depth

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Cracking the Code

The crack is before me

Do I step over it

And stay in the safe zone

Or do I step on it

And force destiny’s hand


Do I hold its hand

And play the victim

Or do I laugh at it

And ignore its power


Do I sing to it

And pray for forgiveness

Or do I love it

And embrace its lesson


Do I photograph it

And claim the moment

Or do I live in it

And make it my story


Patrick’s theme: Crack

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When Darkness Falls

When darkness falls

Light lies in wait

Painting with graying pallette

To the eye’s delight

The sky erupts

Displaying its mood

While the flower lies safe

In the forest’s gentle arms

Tenderly awaiting

The sun’s awakening


V. J.’s theme: Wait

Patti’s Theme: Monochrome

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Too Early

Final fall colours

Meet Halloween snowstorm

Long winter ahead

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