March 5, 2015
(This is part of a 365 project during my 70th year where I write and illustrate a blog on each day's gift.)
“This is your gift today.” My husband, David, points out the beauty of our winter wonderland backyard—our own small forest. Although I do not like people telling me what I am seeing and what I should do, I have to admit that he has led me to some new ways of seeing, though most of them rather wacky such as riding a Sinclair station dinosaur.
Yes, I agree that it is beautiful. We bought our house because of the wooded backyard area. There really is something magical when it is covered in snow like today, with snow clinging to every branch and twig. Each year I try to capture that magic with a lens but have been unsuccessful. Maybe it’s like trying to photograph the Grand Canyon. There’s a feeling when you stand in awe of the Grand Canyon and the lens just does not do it justice. When I cannot define a feeling, then I cannot communicate it visually.
Today I captured a different winter wonderland with my lens, the kind that I love to explore and that is easy to miss—ice crystals on a window. That too is magic and difficult to capture. I have always loved to stop and look at tiny worlds that people pass by. In a way, the icy window resembles a tiny forest.
Two points of view, two different ways of seeing things—I’m glad that we all don’t see things in the same way. There are enough forests for millions of eyes.
My gift today is a miniature ice forest.
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