…to the situation my mother called “wenn einem die Decke auf den Kopf fälllt” (translation: when the ceiling falls on one’s head) or as we know it, “Cabin Fever” is to lace up the heavy boots, cover hands and head and pull on the winter coat that is rated to -40 C.
After well over two months of little or no walking, I have once again taken to the ice! Most of the last two months were taken up with finishing the small reno, historical research, fighting painful migraines and avoiding the arctic air. On Sunday I could no longer ignore the urge to reconnect with nature and I have been outside every day since. It’s actually not too cold these days (it’s only – 2 C today with a slight wind) but snow and more arctic air are in the forecast…
Walking in solitude, I drown out the sound of augers drilling through the ice creating new spaces for the ice fisher people and their friendly banter back and forth. My iPhone in hand I have countless opportunities for contemplative photography. This morning I suddenly realized that I was beginning to see “things” in and on the ice. The wind is perpetually moving the snow around to present new imagery on a daily basis. With the snow displaced I can see deep into the thick ice, and wherever I look my imagination takes off. I found myself giving names to what I discovered… anything from hidden hearts to babies to birds… The images above can be enlarged by clicking on them individually to see details. I hope you enjoy today’s icy offerings.
Back in the studio, I am putting the finishing touches on two seminars I will be presenting at the Saskatoon Quilters’ Guild PD Day on January 20th. I have worked on the Contemplative Photography slide presentation for several days and evenings now and am nearly ready to share it. The Kantha/Mindful Stitching seminar had me assemble kits on January 1st (a great way to refocus on the first day of a New Year…). The images I will be using to guide participants visually are straight out of my “Inspiration Kantha” book, so it was just a matter of sorting through the images I submitted with the manuascript 18 months ago.
That’s life from my South-central Saskatchewan studio in the bleak mid-winter where it is raining at the moment!!! How is the New Year treating you these days? Are you achieving your goals? Have you adjusted your resolutions? Or are you following a more spontaneous path in 2018? Weigh in with a comment below. Looking forward to hearing from you!