Autumn Beech Leaf Curtain - After a Month

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    So it seems, even though our climate is warming we still have weather, and we are sure getting some in the UK at the moment. I saw a long term forecast in November and it said December would be colder than average, whilst January and February will be warmer. Unfortunately I am feeling pretty lazy at the mo' so I have not been making the most of the cold to get out and make something. Instead I'm enjoying getting out of bed late and spending all day eating mince pies. Nice work if you can get it.

    Anyway back to the weather. It is normally quite mild where I live, as on the west coast we are warmed by the atlantic. It was the coldest I'd seen it here, a few weeks ago, at minus 6 celcius. Nothing in the great scheme of things but if it is that cold here then eleswhere it will be really, really cold. Today it's been -2 all day so far, and I've not seen that before here either.

    So is it climate or is it simply weather? Apparently El Nina is having an affect and I wonder whether ash from the Icelandic volcano (I won't try and spell it) is cooling the temperatures over Europe? Even in my little brain there seem to be so many different variables when it comes to modelling our atmosphere and what it may drop upon us. It just brings it home to me even more, how something impossible to predict and understand could push it all out of sync and we might make this place uninhabitable for ourselves, let alone the polution and greed and waste we so palpably do understand and can predict and the affect that is having. I always scoff when I hear the phrase "save the planet." Let's face it if we weren't here at all, the planet would look after itself. We don't want to save the planet, we want to save ourselves.

    All this cold weather is not seducing me away from the mince pies though, although I did spend an hour walking around a tree creating a giant spiral in the snow, it was perhaps 100m across, fun but not very photogenic so there's no permanent record after the snow has melted.

    So I really should be making the most of the low temperatures. When I was on form making winter sculptures last year, I craved really low temperatures so I could get ice to stick to ice but it wasn't ever cold enough. I am trying to build up a head of steam though, but I do have the feeling once I get into first gear (I'm currently in neutral) that there may be a thaw.

    Still the choice is mine and land art and how I try to live my life are the same. It's all about going with the flow. When I create something I use what I find, I am guided by the elements and the temperature, the light and location all play a part. You cannot force it to be something that it isn't. It is the same for each and every one of us. It is always best to follow the line of least resistance. To listen to how you feel inside and accept it as good advice. If you want to run around like a loon then do so! If you want to hibernate surrounded by a circular wall of mince pies then so be it!

    So I don't mind feeling lazy, it is just the way it is. When will it change? Perhaps never!

    Anyway it is pretty obvious that there isn't much snow and ice in this picture. This was taken before the winter properly arrived.

    What the eagle eyed among you may realise is, this is actually this. I'd brought it home and left it in the garden and it had survived heavy rain, frost and gales for 27 days. It had blown around the garden quite a bit and I found it in a heap in one corner . All I wanted to do was recycle the thorns, that is why kept it and I was a bit taken aback to find it nearly intact. So I repaired it as best I could and went looking for a little, low winter sunshine.

    I watched as a branch cast a shadow across the leaves, drifting across the whole thing as our planet spun on its axis, like a windscreen wiper in hyper-slow. Everything is a cycle. Some quick, some slow. Everything is interconnected. Snow events, laziness, mince pies, enthusiasm and autumn leaves faded to brown in winter. Where something ends, something begins. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

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    1. Églantine 52 months ago | reply

      looks like honey in sunshine in the thumbnail

    2. dakellymon 52 months ago | reply

      Love it, very beautiful

    3. Jo Sanderson-Mann 52 months ago | reply

      it is very beautiful.

    4. HJSP82 52 months ago | reply

      My neighbour makes mince pies to blow M&S into the weeds!
      Thats a great lookin' piece of work.
      Keep'em comin'

    5. Cavalcanti /Herbs/Ervas [deleted] 52 months ago | reply

      I loved it!

    6. Geraint 52 months ago | reply

      It's become more beautiful with age. Wish I could do the same!!!

    7. paladinsf 52 months ago | reply

      love your work

    8. Lia T 52 months ago | reply

      Stunning! Leaf honey in the sun. Love this!

    9. robherr 52 months ago | reply

      very cool! nice to see it changing....
      Merry Christmas!
      Merry Christmas, Happy Winter Solstice, its a Wintery Californian Scene
      Seen in my contacts' photos. ( ?² )

    10. Argentem 52 months ago | reply

      The curtain looks as good as new apart from the colours.

      Global warming is on a global scale, so we are getting the cold air from the north which is in turn getting warm air from somewhere else.

    11. Ka8t45 52 months ago | reply

      I love reading your "thoughts for the day". You get into things hip deep and then explore. Love it...makes us all (those who read it so....not ALL) think more too.

    12. annemmu 52 months ago | reply

      From the icon it looks like a homeycomb. Beautiful photo of a beautiful artwork. Good luck for 2011!

    13. escher is still alive 52 months ago | reply

      Thanks everyone. Happy new year to you all!

    14. Lolisclumsy 51 months ago | reply

      I love this one- it looks a bit like a honeycombe :) Happy New Year- your work, as always, inspires me. peace

    15. Urban Combing 51 months ago | reply

      Just discovered your art. It is so inspiring and will enjoy spending time viewing your photostream and reading your commentary. Many thanks!

    16. perseverando 49 months ago | reply

      Wonderful - I love your work - and I am honoured by your comment on my measly balancing attempt!

    17. SlipperSeeSlouch 28 months ago | reply

      makes a change from the usual autumnal shots of leaves

      btw, I found this doing a search for mince-pies. If you have a recipe that doesn't actually involve buying them in a shop ((they're €6.65 for just 6 individual pies around here) (boy, but pricing them ,at 6.66 must have looked like a temptation), or a recipe that doesn't involve doing something that might drag me away from this computer... that would do nicely.

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