ADAPTABILITY

Willow, weep for me

(Billie cries, plaintively)

 

Green-gold curtain

is stilled.

Sun-sharp November afternoon.

 

Frost persists in grass hollows.

 

Smudges of fog

obscure a jeweled path

through suburban woods.

 

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Mallards suck on ice water.

The light dims.

A Chickadee overhead goes

about its business.

 

Last days of November.

 

Rain, fog, frost. Biting air. Then sun.

 

A season of quiet dread, as holidays and more darkness approach.

But adapt, and maybe – surely

it will be

OK.

 

 

(Adapting might mean hiding out in a coffee shop, sipping espresso, perusing the paper).


22 comments

  1. A rare frigid spell down here. My adaptation is to hibernate (I am a groundhog after all)! šŸ˜‰ Funny how here on the coast the warmer days tend to be overcast. When the sun comes out, more often than not, the temps drop. Love this multi-faceted post. A favorite is the green-gold curtain. All of it a great representation of winter in the PNW.

  2. I think I must be one of the rare people who loves the autumn and winter. I love your photos again, and your words. Winter invites coziness, yes, just like sipping coffee and reading the paper in a coffee shop. šŸ™‚

    • Maybe not so rare – I hear other people saying they love fall the most regularly. I really do see the beauty in the spareness and the decline, the stripping away and subtle colors. At heart though, I’m a spring lover. Just the way it is. But I work to adapt! šŸ˜‰

  3. I love this group; each image captures the essence of autumn so well. The view points have been chosen with care; the composition of each image enhances the content and the muted palette is very effective.

    • Thank you – some are taken right at home, and the others only a few miles away. It’s the places we see over and over that we begin to get the essence of, right? As for the muted palette – well, not a lot of choice! But seriously, it’s appropriate to the season, and I”m always interested in fidelity to what’s happening.

    • šŸ˜‰ Always great to hear from you! I loved that song from the first time I heard it. Billie’s not someone one thinks of as drawing inspiration from nature but the song & lyrics go so well with the tree, especially late in the year. Interesting – I looked it up and it was written by a women while she was a student at Radcliffe. Because it was written by a woman, is a complex composition and was dedicated to Gershwin, it wasn’t accepted easily (says Wiki). No surprise, eh?

  4. Aren’t these kind of days wonderful Lynn . Grasping opportunities reaps rewards … glad you found these still moments for us to enjoy … *as I sit listening to the rain hammering down and looking out on shiny wet roads šŸ˜‰
    Lovely .

  5. Beautiful pictures Lynn! November here has been so dull and wet.. still not too many week and the winter solstice will be behind us and the darkest days of winter will be behind us.! šŸ™‚

  6. Great series of photos ~ there is nothing quite as beautiful as the gifts autumn brings (especially to the photographer) and for some reason the highlights of the fall dying into winter brings a melancholy feel that also hold so much creativity to those who adapt šŸ™‚

    • You put it perfectly, you really did. And we’re lucky that we have the basic resources (enough food, shelter, health) and the creative energy and time to do this. As much as I whine about not having enough time to get out and photograph, at least I’m not preoccupied with struggling to live day to day.

  7. Gunta calls this post multi-faceted, Lynn, and I think this applies to much of your work – and its a very enjoyable trait. Love these evocative, simple and calm images and the words with them – and must admit to never having thought of sitting in a coffee shop reading a newspaper – newspapers are not a part of my world! – but maybe its something I should try – thanks for the nudge in that direction! A šŸ™‚

    • Thanks! I’ve never been one to focus everything in one place! Newspapers are very appealing to me, if they’re good, and if I don’t read them too often. Rests your eyes from screen time, too!

    • November isn’t all that different in our worlds, right? Thanks Susan – always good to hear from you. BTW, I too start the morning sometimes with Calm Things – just haven’t commented there. šŸ™‚


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