November 25, 2012

Fire in fireplace

Copyright 2012 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Happy Holidays to all who celebrate!

The above photograph and salutation are certainly a cliche.  What is definitely not a cliche though, is the deep comfort that comes from sharing time with those who are meaningful.  Along with this wish comes the recognition that for some, this time is spent within one’s own mind as there is much that interferes with experiencing the physical warmth that comes from being physically close.  For those, it is hoped that this time is indeed short.

Downed pine needles and leaves on snow

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As has become common this year, there was a wide swing in temperatures in the Mid-Atlantic this week.  Wednesday and Thursday were in the high 50s-Friday was a day of transition and Saturday brought the second snow of the season to the western part of Maryland.  The first was Superstorm Sandy which left quite a mess.  Amid that destruction, though, were some quiet scenes of the serenity that a change of season, and perspective, can bring.  I would add that this thought is in no way meant to diminish the experiences of those still coping with the terrific losses inflicted by Sandy.

Rock and pine trees with light dusting of snow

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Having said that, one’s mindset is a key element in determining the subjective experience as there are often occasions when some chilliness descends.  While Saturday’s snow was just a light dusting, it provided that unique contradiction which comes with living in the moment.  While the environmental temperature was certainly much colder (25 degrees with wind), emotionally the snow brought a warmth similar to that of the fire that opened this post.

Take care.