The Winter Branch

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    "Divinity must live within herself:
    Passions of rain, or moods in the falling snow;
    Grievings in loneliness, or unsubdued
    Elations when the forest blooms; gusty
    Emotions on wet roads on autumn nights;
    All pleasures and all pains, remembering
    The boughs of summer and the winter branch.
    These are the measures destined for her soul."
    ~ Wallace Stevens


    I was raised in the Caribbean. Our holiday card was the family in our bathing suits waving beside the Christmas tree. But after many years of living in an eternal summer, I craved the seasons I saw in the movies and read about in the books. The children having snowball fights in the winter...Batmans and Princesses partly covered by hats and coats on Halloween...pumpkin carving and apple cider in the fall...

    I believe that when we set an intention, the entire universe conspires to make it happen. And with the opportunity to further my studies, I came to live in beautiful, intense New England. While it has taken me years to adjust to the cold and to the short summers, (I am still very much a beach girl at heart) I have grown to love the beauty and uniqueness that every season brings. In fact, just today we were moving snow to make room for the snow coming this week. It's official. I have arrived!

    The poem above....I love. To me, it interprets a woman's soul, a woman's moods, as changes in the weather and the seasons....brilliant.

    Happy week everyone!


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    1. Majorlight 50 months ago | reply

      The universe is fabulous like that!
      Thank you, Peedge! Happy to know you are happy!

    2. paulrob86 50 months ago | reply

      Oh boy that looks cold, I love your choice of words.

    3. JamieMcK2001 50 months ago | reply

      Wallace Stevens is one of my favorites. Your wonderful shot makes me think of Frost's poem,


      WHEN I see birches bend to left and right
      Across the line of straighter darker trees,
      I like to think some boy's been swinging them.
      But swinging doesn't bend them down to stay.
      Ice-storms do that. Often you must have seen them 5


    4. Majorlight 50 months ago | reply

      Thank you, Jamie. That's beautiful. xo

    5. ilsebatten 50 months ago | reply

      Oh how lovely a new post from you and (sigh) it is snow. Sigh because we are sweltering here in the humid heat and fans are blowing all over the house and the swimming pool is full of people trying to cool off. best to swim at night before you go to bed. But then you knew all that didn't you if you have lived and grew up in the Caribbean. I do love your whole approach to images, always so different, delicate, conscious and so aware of light and air

    6. Mikko Lagerstedt 50 months ago | reply

      Wonderful tones and perspective, beautiful shot! :)

    7. Vintage Liaison 50 months ago | reply

      I grew up between Australia and England so have both photographs of us kids in bathing suits on xmas day and throwing snowballs. Which ever way round, I too need the seasons. They give me an anchor and I love watching for spring, that first brave crocus to pop his pretty head out. I would become blase to perpetual sunny days. Lovely upload

    8. j-w-b 50 months ago | reply

      beautiful winter wonderland. lovely poem also!

    9. StevenBrisson 50 months ago | reply

      I have immediately grown to love the beauty (and marriage) of your words, expressiveness and creative talent. Case in point: see image & prose above. :)

    10. Majorlight 50 months ago | reply

      That means a lot coming from you, Steven. Thank you!

    11. photo fiddler 50 months ago | reply

      Your life experience provides you with a special perspective on winter, and I admire your acceptance of it, and your lovely celebration. Your words made me look at what poets have written about winter, and many, even Blake, have pictured it harshly. However, I have found one who might have a spirit like yours - positive and appreciative. It is about the time in winter which is longest, the night. Even a winter night is lovely as Meredith wrote:

      Winter Heavens

      by George Meredith (1888)

      Sharp is the night, but stars with frost alive
      Leap off the rim of earth across the dome.
      It is a night to make the heavens our home
      More than the nest whereto apace we strive.
      Lengths down our road each fir-tree seems a hive,
      In swarms outrushing from the golden comb.
      They waken waves of thoughts that burst to foam:
      The living throb in me, the dead revive.
      Yon mantle clothes us: there, past mortal breath,
      Life glistens on the river of the death.
      It folds us, flesh and dust; and have we knelt,
      Or never knelt, or eyed as kine the springs
      Of radiance, the radiance enrings:
      And this is the soul’s haven to have felt.

      I hope you can see winter stars tonight.

    12. Daniel Martens 50 months ago | reply

      I will say this many more times, but your 52 is filled with beautiful images so far... I've been asking myself the last couple weeks for how long I could be happy in a place without snow (seasonally of course, not every day, I like the balance between summer and winter). The thought of moving to a (much) warmer place suddenly became a bit more complicated.

      I am glad you found your place there, Lucia

    13. kevin dooley 50 months ago | reply

      super super shot

    14. Majorlight 50 months ago | reply

      Thanks for sharing, Jonathan. xo
      Thank you for the poem!
      You are so kind, Daniel. Thank you. It is a nice challenge for me thus far. Living in a warmer, tropical climate did have its advantages -- sunnier longer days, a simpler wardrobe, sunkissed skin most of the time...but I felt a disconnect with the cycle of the earth (seasons). When I retire someday, I will welcome it back...but for now, this is definetely home. xoxo
      Thank you so much Kevin!

    15. Sergio L.A. 50 months ago | reply

      This picture is the perfect companion for those words... as You, I was raised wearing short and flip flops all the time, I have to say that I appreciated the beauty of the snow I'm still prefer sand, palm trees and sun ;) have great week my friend!!

    16. k mart 50 months ago | reply

      UHHHHH LOVe this Licia.....Stunning!!!!!!!!

    17. N.J. | Photography 50 months ago | reply

      I really like the title that accompanies this wondrous image, Lucia. Nice that some greenery is still visible!

      I didn't know you were raised in the Caribbean! I love your outlook of the world. You find the best and beauty in everything.

    18. Debby.S 50 months ago | reply

      What a magical scene and beautiful words:-)

    19. k mart 50 months ago | reply

      Here again... Just love your history and you are so right about the universe L..... !

    20. Señor Jaime [deleted] 47 months ago | reply

      wonderful frame

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