Usually, the two opposing and polar opposites seem to be suspended in perfect equilibrium. Neither appears to dramatically dominate or persist for an indefinite period. The middle space or fulcrum of life maintains a suspended sense of harmony.
November physically presents a physical manifestation of this precarious fulcrum in the natural world. Just lately, our family gathered at a lovely upriver cottage to celebrate our belated Thanksgiving during a weekend. What began as a truly "Indian Summer" experience with wonderful October-like weather and colour changed dramatically and abruptly into an early and unexpected snowstorm nightmare... even by river standards. The pendulum had swung without warning... catching us all in an unprepared and bewildered state.
What had just earlier been idyllic on the Saturday morphed into distinct danger and bewilderment for all of us attending. Even more so for my son Andrew, his wife Melissa and their two young children Mr. Mac and newly-arrived Whitney. It was again idyllic for Deb and I because it was our first opportunity to see and be with grand baby Whitney... and HOW VERY GRAND she is!!!
While they did manage to crawl home safely, the effects of the sudden storm continued across southwestern Ontario right into the Thousand Islands and Rockport throughout Sunday evening and into Monday. We awoke Monday morning to nothing less than a fully-fledged winter.
This complete version of winter with all of its trappings of a first major winter snowfall still continue to arouse the child and artist within to get out and "play" in it. It seems to me that the first snowfall always to erase the drabness and absence of real colour that too quickly gave up ghost and vanished along with October. Or perhaps... on this particular gloomy moment in my life... it helped to erase some the darkness that lurks too uncertainly about in the corners of my mind.
Andrew had asked if we might "board" Tilly, their eleven year old vizla "paw person" because of the hardwood floors in the borrowed cottage. Tilly had experienced a nasty fall when her long-nailed paws splayed out suddenly and the ensuing fall injured her sufficiently enough to discourage any sense of trust in slippery floors.... or in skating on hardwood floors.We had always enjoyed her company and welcomed her visit with open arms into our midst.
We did the usual grand"paw" spoiling routine with treats and copious walks... both quite extraordinary bits of attention in her young child-dominated sphere of daily existence. She caught on quickly and rebelled and sulked, as was her custom when Andrew came to fetch her. We willingly offered an extended vakay opportunity and Andrew accepted because we all had an appointment to attend with Allie's oncologist on Thursday. No sweat!
Rather than fill more space with colourless expletives, I will shift into the visual language that we all share and understand in degrees to reveal and share my experience with you. Please enjoy... First Winter Snow... Rockport in 2016 !
"Islandsview"... wrapped in her fluffy, soft ermine winter costume... fifteen to twenty cm deep!
Leaves grabbing snowy white light by trapping snow... against a contrasting asphalt backdrop.
Snow-laden spruce gloves sheltering its roots from the storm and its cold
Many hands outstretched... and entwined... anxious to be part of the grand design of winter
Do you see what I see....???? I wonder... A painting perhaps???
Even fences carry the signature gestural handiwork of the sculptural hand and eye of the storm
Be they natural and wooden... or man made and metal... their architectural aspects are simply enhanced and magnified by winter's touch.
Top to bottom...
Side to side... snowy creations untouched by the human hand or mind... yet!
Here and there colour is permitted to seep through and contribute warmth and variety to winter's frigid tapestry of designs
Leaves play back n' forth... either accepting or rejecting winter's invitation to dance
Rapidly dying fall berries are given a reprieve... and willing step forward to become truly... "fall preserves".
Final dashes of autumn red accents make fitting accessories for winter's white gown...
Even the tiniest of the towering spruce family members stand tall on their own... perhaps for the very first time.
"Stairway to Heaven"..... Remember that "oldie-but-but-goodie" folks??? But no... this one is a "cover" that I prefer to call "Stairway From Heaven"... HA HA!!
Because this is the view seen in the opposite direction
And on this snowy day of Thanksgiving... there is this a propos snow-covered reminder that...
"All blessings... including the clean winter snow... fall from the Heavens... from the hand of Whomever you wish to worship and give thanks."
What could you do with this infusion of creative juices... images and ideas? Whatever you wish!... and with my fullest permission and blessing to do so!
I will close out today's already too lengthy post with this one last image from our now sleeping garden. These three pink tea roses hang on... even thrive, when the rest of the garden has gladly surrendered to winter. Like these hardy and grateful pink roses, I squeeze out the very last drop of the succulent juices that enrich my journey!
I am greatly blessed... and remain grateful... but greatly tested this morning.
Stay tuned for Winter's Tale # Two to follow...
Good painting and a belated Happy Thanksgiving to ALL!!!