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Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Landscape and Me


I’ve been quiet lately. I can cite more than one reason for this. If I could think clearly, I’d maybe even try. But I can’t. So I won’t.

What I can say is this: climate rules.

For days on end, my landscape has been cold and dreary and shrouded in fog. I've not seen the sun for countless days (an eternity). I wake at dawn to a frozen landscape enveloped in mist. I peer out the window at noon...to a slush-covered earth buried ‘neath clouds.

The dark comes early. I feel it.

The human heart craves sunshine and friendly zephyrs.

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19 Comments:

Blogger Cheesy said...

Pssst --- I hear Spring around the corner!

Thu Jan 21, 10:48:00 PM  
Blogger Jonas said...

I can't recall if I've ever longed for Spring as much as I do now.

I hunger to lie in tall grass, warmed by the sun, comforted by birdsong and sweet breezes.

It's more than an ache.

Thu Jan 21, 10:55:00 PM  
Blogger Kass said...

Jonas - you've been tagged on Christella's blog. So have I. I'm looking forward to listing 10 things that make me happy. I've been in a funk for a couple of days. The weather here LITERALLY stinks. Terrible inversion. And it's cold. I yearn for spring too.

Thu Jan 21, 11:27:00 PM  
Blogger Christella said...

The feelings in your post is why we moved. I had to have sunshine in my life. But of course, it has rained every day this week and it reminds me of the midwest, bringing on a funk. Hurry, hurry, sunshine for you.

Thu Jan 21, 11:43:00 PM  
Blogger Jonas said...

Oh, my! It's quite the challenge to list just ten things that make me happy!

But, it's late and I've had a sip o' wine so I'm game.

Thank you, Kass, for letting me know I'm not alone.

Thank you, Christella, for your sunshine exhortations and curiosity.

Fri Jan 22, 12:25:00 AM  
Blogger Gabriela Abalo said...

We can only appreciate the sun during cloudy days…

During cloudy winter days my soul weeps, my heart yearn for something (but doesn’t know what) and my ego gets unsettle. This are the days were we see everything grey and lose hope, the sun is missing, it’s cold and humid, the thought of going out is depressing so we try to stay in as much as we can. But then, the day after, or a week later or maybe a few weeks later the sun is out again, filling us with its great energy and love for things. Our soul, heart and ego change their mode immediately, now they are full of joy and ready to face the world once again.
Life is like this, the cloudy days are the times we feel confused, afraid and lost, we are surrounded by problems and everything looks grey. But despite all we keep going, then one day we look back and see that everything is in the past, we have managed to overcome the situations and now life is smiling to us once again – that is the sun – hope, love, tenderness, adventure, etc.

Thanks for the post and the picture Jones, they touched my heart.

loveNlight
Gabi

Fri Jan 22, 01:26:00 AM  
Blogger secret agent woman said...

It only takes em a couple of days of gloomy weather to make me want to crawl under the covers and hide until spring. I'm lucky that we get our share of sunny days in winter here, but I need warmth along with sunlight and clear skies to really feel good. But I've been noticing the little hopeful signals of spring being on it's way - the green shoots of bulbs are starting to appear and it won't be long before there are crocuses in the yard. At that point, I know I can grit my teeth until the weather turns.

Fri Jan 22, 05:33:00 AM  
Blogger deb said...

What a beautiful photo. I miss the sun and green stuff. I'm tired of white and brown.

Fri Jan 22, 08:52:00 AM  
Blogger Ponita in Real Life said...

If you need sunshine in the winter, Winnipeg is the place to be. It can be cold, yes... although we've been well above normal temps for several weeks now... but the sun just blazes most of the winter. The world glitters with tiny ice diamonds, sparkly frost and reflective ice. Blindingly brilliant in all its subzero glory.

Not much depression here from lack of sunshine.

But yeah... summers are the best. I love the heat, the warm breeze, the cool grass...

Fri Jan 22, 09:17:00 PM  
Blogger Cheesy said...

God gave us memories so we might have roses in December. ~ J.M. Barrie

Fri Jan 22, 10:10:00 PM  
Blogger joanne said...

living in an area of year-round, eternal sunshine makes me long for dreary days of winter so that i can actually feel what it feels like to long for springtime (and appreciate the sun...)

my friends in colder places always say they would switch places with me in a minute, which makes me think i am over-romanticizing and ought to just keep quiet... :)

Sat Jan 23, 06:29:00 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I understand, believe me. I was just saying at work yesterday that, although this winter in Chicago has been far milder than last, it seems like there have been way fewer sunny days. That definitely wreaks havoc on my state of mind as well.

Sat Jan 23, 11:27:00 AM  
Blogger Selma said...

I'll swap with you, Jonas. Yesterday in Sydney it was 41 degrees C. I thought I was going to spontaneously combust.

I know what you mean about the birdsong and sweet zephyrs. Soon. Very soon....

Sat Jan 23, 11:25:00 PM  
Blogger anna said...

Patience. Spring will come. In the meantime, try to do things you enjoy throughout the day. Also try to get outside as often as possible.

Mon Jan 25, 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger Jonas said...

Ah! I see that I am not alone in my emotional responses to meteorology! Good to know.

Coupla thoughts:

Thank you all for sharing yours. Hugs and kisses all around. (I wish. Truly!)

I do love me those snowy, frigid winter days when the sun shines bright and my world is full o' diamonds.

I need the four seasons (despite my mewlings). I need to feel the Earth spin on its axis as it traverses the Cosmos. I need to feel Time pass to remind me not to waste the Season. (I've wasted far too many already)

I find it enchanting that half the world experiences summer as I experience winter (no matter how extreme the respective climes).

I smile whenever Anna makes a (rare) appearance.

Mon Jan 25, 04:32:00 PM  
Blogger Woman in a Window said...

Jonas, I'm with you on this one. The landscape can lay such an imprint. But that fog, oh, she sure can be pretty.

Hope you're feeling up soon.

xo
erin

Thu Jan 28, 08:58:00 PM  
Blogger Jonas said...

For the record, my "visual thesis" in support of my Masters in photography was entitled "Fog".

I had criss-crossed the country, several years over, searching for appropriate imagery.

Yeppers, fog can be "pretty"...mysterious...other-worldly...hypnotic...ambiguous...strange...melancholy...beguiling...

enough so to earn me a Masters...

Thu Jan 28, 09:08:00 PM  
Blogger Ponita in Real Life said...

A Masters in Fogology... how cool is that!

Hugs and kisses back, Jonas...

Thu Jan 28, 11:07:00 PM  
Blogger anna said...

You made me blush.

Sat Jan 30, 03:34:00 PM  

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