Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Just Another Glorious West Coast Day

“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”
Crowfoot Quote- Great Siksika Leader

December dawned into a spectacular day. I took this photo while walking my dog around the neighborhood just over an hour ago. The sun provided the encore to a tranquil landscape of simple stillness. I celebrate the season of Advent over the next few weeks- the season of waiting...it seems like nature too is in a season of waiting. Unlike the human experience the season of waiting in nature seems to be elegantly restorative.


Dean said...

I'm convinced we have a natural mammalian instinct to slow down in winter that is the result of less light and shorter days. Even an overcast day can feel like extended dusk and we want to head indoors and slow down.
Maybe it is more normal than we realize.
Many religions were based on the approaching winter solstice and the 're-birth' of the sun, measurable three days after it's lowest annual point in the sky.

ms toast burner said...

Beautiful photo.

Interesting point Dean brings up. I definitely go into a semi hibernation in winter and it feels natural to slow down. The dark days (November was so dark, darker than normal) are just perfect for snuggling up with a book. Thinking of it in terms of waiting or a restorative phase is quite comforting.