KINDNESS, COMPASSION, JOY, GOOD FELLOWSHIP, GENEROSITY, THANKFULNESS, TRUTHFULNESS, HEALTH, COURAGE, EARTH-WISDOM, CREATIVITY, SOUL-SEARCHING, NOURISHMENT, FORGIVENESS, LOVE, INSPIRATION, CLEAR-SIGHTEDNESS, A WIDE GAZE…
Solstice – the longest night – a time for drawing in; earth quietness; immanence; a conjuring of new possibility.
This photo was taken a few Decembers ago – the view from the island of Anglesey looking across the Menai Strait to Snowdonia on mainland Wales, terrain of antique tales of shape-shifting princes and magicians, their black deeds and bloody conflicts.
I dashed up to the allotment this afternoon while it was still fine. The weather forecast is promising us storms tomorrow so I thought I’d better get the Christmas parsnips dug up fast, and the Brussels sprouts and red cabbage gathered in. The ground was very water-logged and the plots looked dreary, and naturally there were no other mad gardeners around but me. But as the sun went down, just a fraction later after the shortest day, the light over the town was magical.
These photos were taken with lots of zoom, and in the next one the sky looks to be on fire.
All of which reminded me of an Albert Camus quote which I read on a writing blog earlier this week. It was so hope-inducing I thought I’d pass it on at the first opportunity. It’s especially apt for all you creative people out there, which would be every man Jack and Jill of you. More power to your making in 2017:
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.