“Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.” William Butler Yeats
It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it. Amelia Barr
The whole climate is changing: the winds, the ocean currents, the storm patterns, snow packs, snowmelt, flooding, droughts. Temperature is just a bit of it. John Holdren
For this week’s challenge on – Weathered – I chose to go with the impact of the elements on my immediate environment. The snowstorm, last Thursday, left the landscape covered in mounds of white snow and blocks of frozen ice in some parts. As temperatures dipped well below zer0, the Hudson River froze over and created jagged shards of frozen river water. In parts of the Hudson River, where the tidal current moved inland as temperatures plummeted, a platform of frozen ice separated and divided the river into 3 segments; each segment displayed some degree of freeze.
The segment closest to the river’s edge and land mass was a frozen, shiny table with striations of waves frozen in place. Next, came the jagged shards of frozen waves and tidal current, seemingly angry, as they fought their way through the river in a futile battle against the Ice and Snow Queens. Last was the center of the river that still flowed with chunks of floating ice here and there; its fluidity maintained by virtue of being surrounded, and thus protected, by the two outer parts that absorbed the cold and extreme conditions. A tug boat or two helped carve a pathway through the center of the river, slowly and cautiously… Frozen water is, after all, like glass and can even take on the sharpness of a diamond.
“I have weathered many different storms and I know who I am and my friends know who I really am.” Delta Goodrem
A few of us who chose to brave the cold did our morning exercise rounds, the day after the snowstorm, walking around the Hudson River Park. It was minus 10 and, when I stopped to capture some photos, I had to move quickly to get my gloves back on. My fingertips burned and the pain lingered longer than I would have cared to admit. Again, and again, I was drawn to the massive sheets of frozen snow and ice on my beloved Hudson River and I took a few more shots. Frostbite beckoned me to dare keep those gloves off longer than a few nanoseconds … I rejected the bait. The geese that usually cruise the river were smart. They all took to land and I included them in my shots. After my walk, I felt as weathered as the river… stiff, a bit frozen and needing to thaw my toes.
A day later, I drove into the city and saw the sculpture I featured the week before, One Holding Small One by Joy Brown, now dressed in a snow cap and cape. The snow settled in strategic spots as if Mother Nature was reminding us to nurture our earth and one another. I could feel the protectiveness. I thought she and her baby looked weathered in the cutest way.
“If you want to see the sunshine, you have to weather the storm.” Frank Lane
I believe that every form is infused with a life force that dissipates over time. We revive and sustain many through our constant interaction and commitment to keep things alive; be it our art in museums, our memories/objects of lost loved ones, or our rituals and our faith… Some might call it animism and others will recognize it as a universal acknowledgment of the diversity and range of what we call — Life. From the weathered to the well, all are beneficiaries of the magic of nature. Like the elements, we must weather the changes in life and move forward.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: – WEATHERED – This week, show us the effect of time and the elements. How will you interpret weathered? Will you capture a lined, smiling face as you practice street photography? A piece of beach glass worn smooth by the waves? A snow-covered path carved by the wind? Have fun with your interpretation!
Positive Motivation Tip: Like the elements, we must weather the changes in life and move forward
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.