Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Today Inspired: Enchantment

I have always loved the first snow of winter when all at once the world becomes other-worldly in a silent sacred way. What better words to capture this than those from John Boynton Priestley (1894-1984), the critically acclaimed Yorkshire dramatist, who had a particular affection for the passage of time.

"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?"

Our first snow came Sunday November 30, 2014, remarkably late in the year for the high desert of Wyoming where September snow is entirely ordinary. Sunday morning, in the heavy still cold air, the kind that heralds the storm's grand entrance, we festooned this wreath around the trunk of "The Grand Tree" in our middle yard. In appreciation the clouds released their giant fluffy vulgar flakes to whirl about waltzing to winter’s soft melody. 

The Grand Tree is 22 years old and for the last ten years it has been our tradition to hang a holiday wreath upon it to herald this most wonderful time of year. Thank you for joining us in this most cherished tradition this year.

Copyrighted Images by Kaye Bailey (2014)
Shot with Canon Rebel XS, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens
Exposure: 1/320 F5, ambient outside light, heavy clouds, no flash, compulsory light, ISO 400.


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