Saturday, December 22, 2007

merry christmas

The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient. There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and one thing only. Joseph Wood Krutch

Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Green thoughts emerge from some deep source of stillness
which the very fact of winter has released."
- Mirabel Osler.

Through winter-time we call on spring,
And through the spring on summer call,
And when the abounding hedges ring
Declare that winter's best of all:
And after that there's nothing good
Because the spring time has not come--
Not know that what disturbs our blood
Is but its longing for the tomb.
- W. B. Yeats

I prefer winter and fall, when 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. Andrew Wyeth

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;
And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves
- Wallace Stevens, The Snow Man, 1923

“Everyone who enjoys thinks that the principal thing to the tree is the fruit, but in point of fact the principal thing to it is the seed. -- Herein lies the difference between them that create and them that enjoy.” Friedrich Nietzsche

We leave for California tomorrow. We will be there until the fifth. See you in the New Year.

Love, M


  1. Melissa,
    great photos and great words...I enjoy your blog a great deal and I thank you for posting your beautiful photos....
    I do so hope that you are feeling better!
    Merry Christmas

  2. Beautiful.

    Have a blessed Christmas and a safe trip.

  3. You've probably already left. But I wish you a lovely Christmas..


  4. Merry Christmas! Wonderful white christmas photos. Hope you have a nice time in California.

  5. May you and yours have a very blessed Christmas and joyful New Year!

  6. A very Merry Christmas to you!

  7. Beautiful photos. Looks very much like Norway :-)

  8. I love every single one of these photos - beautiful! And the quotes - very nice.

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas - and best wishes for the New Year!!

  9. Melissa - I just looked through your previous posts - it's been forever since I've been here! - you are a very talented photographer. I think virtually all of your photos are great - and I especially enjoy the black and whites. I want to experiment more with photography this year - you're an inspiration to me!!

  10. Lovely, as always. (I know I always say that, but whenever I come here, I don't want to clutter the serenity with my words!) :)
    Really, though, you bless. (((hugs)))

  11. Hi Melissa, Gosh I'd almost forgotten how beautiful your photography is. Happy New Year. I wish tons of love and happiness.