In winter light

by | Jun 30, 2016 | Uncategorized | 20 comments

 

I’ve been out walking in the brief fine patches between showers, hail and steady rain, and have composed this winter photo poem for you. I hope you enjoy it.

 

In winter light, new shapes emerge

Winter hill

 

 

In winter light, a shiver crosses the land

Winter dune grass IMG_3152

 
 
 

In winter light, a landscape unfolds

Winter Wainamu dunes

 
 
 

In winter light, birdsong fills the air

Winter sky

 
 
 

Winter light makes room for mystery

Winter mist

 
 
 

In the winter dark, the imagination can roam.

Winter dark dune

 
 
 

Winter is the season of contemplation, and a special time for learning and fostering something new in your life.

Blessings, and may the winter light draw you into its beauty.


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20 Comments

  1. Bryony Turk

    Aaaahhhhh Bethels lake! My old playground! I love it!
    Now loving the mists and birdsong of a the Kauaeranga valley, the hills looking like volcanoes smoking with mist.

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    • Juliet Batten

      Bryony, I’m glad this post took you back to a special place. The Kauaeranga valley must be so beautiful too. ‘Hills like volcanoes smoking with mist’ – beautiful, thank you.

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  2. virginia garlick

    Lovely photos and poem, Juliet.
    Winter light has so many connotations for me, both in northern hemisphere and right where I am now, in New Zealand. The deciduous trees here have only just dropped their leaves fully, and little birds flutter among the bare branches, against a white sky. The dark branches reach up to receive energy from the sun behind the clouds, and all is well in my world. Many thanks for your newsletters.

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    • Juliet Batten

      Virginia, thank you for your observations; they are so poetic! There is so much beauty in winter, if we have the eyes to see it.

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  3. Penny

    Even in these, our longest Northern hemisphere days, I feel drawn into your winter light through your lovely poem, Juliet. It is quite beautiful. I especially like the line “Winter light makes room for mystery” . Beautiful.

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    • Juliet Batten

      Penny, thank you so much. I’m glad this photo poem speaks to you, even at the height of your summer!

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  4. Ruth

    Absolutely stunning. You are a gifted poet, photographer, artist, thinker, ritualist – and grandmother! Xx ruth

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    • Juliet Batten

      Ruth, how kind. Thank you.

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  5. Denise Poyner

    Hi Juliet. Your poem is lovely. It is almost romantic. I live near the Kaipara River. Many times, I have been up on the high road in Helensville and seen the beautiful glow of light spread across the paddocks and the river. It makes me want to write something similar. Thanks for this. I guess I feel inspired.

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    • Juliet Batten

      Denise, I’m so glad you enjoyed the poem, and that it is giving you inspiration. The Kaipara is full of wonderful light that shapes the land. I always enjoy that special landscape. Thank you.

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  6. Lure Wishes

    How beautiful, Juliet. Thank you. I feel a big aahhh as I saw your words and photos. I spent a year n New Zealand and this brings back some lovely memories.

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    • Juliet Batten

      Thank you Lure, I’m so glad my post brought back some good memories for you. How wonderful that you spent a year in New Zealand.

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    • Juliet Batten

      Thank you Sue, I’m glad you enjoyed coming on this walk with me.

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  7. Dana Leigh Lyons

    Absolutely love this, Juliet. Thank you for your touching poem…and for bringing the mystery and imagination of winter into my evening.

    I adore winter…and that more reclusive, contemplative time. Very much needed a dose about now, amidst a hot Canadian summer.

    So looking forward to sharing this (and your other posts) with my Chinese Medicine students when we talk about seasonal attunement. Thank you!

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    • Juliet Batten

      Thanks you Dana, for welcoming in a winter walk in the midst of your hot summer! I’m delighted that you will be sharing my posts with your students.

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  8. marja

    What a lovely poem Winter can be beautiful and indeed mysterious. I love crispy mornings and the sunny days that follow. I also love cuddling up by the fire. I am not fond of dark days and than I love that Spring follows winter 🙂

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    • Juliet Batten

      Marja, great to see you here! Winter is full of contrasts, as you describe. Thank you.

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  9. Friko

    Hi Juliet, I’ve just found you here.
    I too have been very infrequently blogging, but I’m glad I called to see these wonderful pictures. Have a happy winter – although calling the season ‘winter’ seems very strange to me here in our wet and windy summer.

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    • Juliet Batten

      Friko, how nice to see you, and I’m glad you’ve tracked me down and that you enjoyed the pictures, even of an opposite season. Thank you.

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