To Winter – Claude McKay
Stay, season of calm love and soulful snows!
There is a subtle sweetness in the sun,
The ripples on the stream’s breast gaily run,
The wind more boisterously by me blows,
And each succeeding day now longer grows.
The birds a gladder music have begun,
The squirrel, full of mischief and of fun, Contd…
Aside from the nasty snowstorm we had in late October, we’ve had a relatively mild winter in NY. I was out and about yesterday; on the aqueduct and in NYC, Manhattan specifically, and I’ll share some photos from my jaunt. It occurred to me, as I walked about, that winter is as varied as spring in that you never know what you might see. I enjoyed the many lights in the City which brightened the night and had me thinking about what the trees would say if they could speak… I loved the colorful berries that popped out of the bushes; bright red, waiting for birds or other little animals to stop by for a treat. Oh yeah, I even took one of those colorful shuttles across to Grand Central Station, took a picture of the interior, and then walked back to Rockefeller Center to take one last glimpse at the Christmas tree below.
…From maples’ topmost branch the brown twig throws.
I read these pregnant signs, know what they mean:
I know that thou art making ready to go.
Oh stay! I fled a land where fields are green
Always, and palms wave gently to and fro,
And winds are balmy, blue brooks ever sheen,
To ease my heart of its impassioned woe.
As I trudged around both in nature and in the city, my eyes were drawn to colors and interesting sights. The huge terrarium plants you see above, were inside a building with lights glowing… They look like they are enclosed in water… or perhaps the hose is for circulation. The bright city lights, and the grand, colorfully lit tree added a festive mood to the city. The reddish limbs of a long expired and hibernating shrub on the aqueduct caught my eye too; all twirly shrubbery and color…
“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” Stanley Horowitz
As I walked about the city, I bumped into a young couple at Rockefeller Center. They were inebriated but in a jolly mood. They were trying to take a picture on a timer but it wasn’t working well for obvious reasons. I offered to take a shot of them together. They obliged and then offered to do same for me. Initially, I declined but then relented. They were quite harmless out-of-towners. The young man took my camera joyfully and then dropped it. Yep, at that moment, I wondered about the wisdom of my decision, but he picked it up and took a nice shot of me and one of what you see. We bid each other a Happy New Year and moved on. No, they didn’t get a cart ride… That’s NYC for you. We can be friendly. As for the bloom, I think it is remarkable to come across blooms in winter time… but this is understandable as we’ve had a month of warm days and even though yesterday was biting cold, the sun shines brightly and early afternoons are quite warm
“Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.” Sinclair Lewis
The leaves encased in ice caught my eyes because they were just below the shrub with bright red berries… I thought the juxtaposition of ice and berries was so telling; part of the beauty we see in winter time… The city lights still honoring the holidays also made me smile… People dressed in warm gear, the man on his carry cart, the subway musicians, the interior of a special train, all inspiring memories of what winter is and will always be… No snow? That’s okay with me. Have an inspired year!
What do you think? What type of winters do you get? Was it easy/hard to find the right photos for your examples of Winter? Were you drawn to specific examples for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! Happy New Year!
Positive Motivation Tip: The beauty of winter is that it offers many surprises; warm days, colorful seeds, plants, trees and glittering lights… All we need is to keep our eyes open to see…♥HAPPY NEW YEAR !
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.