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invoke winter … stand by the sea

Rachel Carson: “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.

from poet William Stafford:

be a person here. stand by the river, invoke the owls. invoke winter, then spring. let any season that wants to come here make its own call. after that sound goes away, wait. how you stand here is important. how you listen for the next things to happen. how you breathe.

We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.” — Anais Nin



Where we live here on the West Coast it rarely snows. In recent days, not only has it snowed but it continues as I write this. The air remains salty, the flakes are wet and generous, the beauty is astounding.

May you experience a softly contemplative week where nature opens her heart to you.

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Sherry - February 6, 2017 - 2:34 pm

What beautiful, evocative photos. Thank you sharing this rare glimpse into sea and snow.

DIANE J PATMORE - February 6, 2017 - 2:42 pm

Isn’t it lovely! I’ve just read a post from up at Campbell River and one over in Sooke. All so beautiful and unusually snowy.I love snow! Probably in the same way some people love my tropcal clim – a little goes a long way!!:-)

K&B by the Sea - February 6, 2017 - 4:44 pm

Diane, it’s been far too long since I last visited your blog! I’ve missed your wonderful photos and lovely thoughts 🙂 It’s far less snowy here on the east coast – some flakes fell today, but so far we’ve had a fairly easy winter. Hope you’re doing well, and I’ll be sure to drop by regularly 🙂


susan - February 8, 2017 - 7:03 am

Such quiet winter beauty. I get the chills just looking at your gorgeous images. Very warm here in New England today but a snowstorm is forecast for tomorrow. It will be a while before we see signs of spring.

Lisa Gordon - February 8, 2017 - 10:57 am

My goodness, these photographs are beautiful, Diane, and I love the quotes that you chose to go with them. I am glad that you have some snow to enjoy, my friend!

Jennifer Connell - February 10, 2017 - 3:04 pm

Your writing is always though provoking. Does nature open her heart to us or is it a case that we must open our hearts to nature? Either way, there is a need to be observant and open to experiences nature sends our way. Here in Ontario, we tend to take snow for granted. What is that saying? Familiarity breeds contempt? Thank you for the reminder that winter can be beautiful.

Andi - February 12, 2017 - 4:52 am

Be still my heart. I can almost smell and feel the snow via your beautiful pictures. So happy that you got snow after being without for so long.
In true Diane-form… your photos captures the snow in all it’s glory beautifully.

Alina - July 31, 2017 - 2:57 pm

Those images are breathtaking! I am especially in love with the last one – so perfectly peaceful…

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