Winter/Spring 2018

March 26, 2018

BW photograph of a low stone wall at Culp's Hill in Gettysburg, PA.

Copyright 2018 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

The sun was out, the winds calm, and the temp was relatively warm, so I took a drive around the battlefield in Gettysburg, PA.  While doing so, there were two thoughts that kept bouncing around in my head.

BW photograph of a tree casting a shadow on Cemetary Hill in Gettysburg, PA.

Copyright 2018 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

The first was that my perception of “winter” has changed.  Before explaining, though, it is useful to remember the difference and relationship between “sensation” and “perception”.  Sensation is the data-the stimuli that the brain converts to impulses for processing.  In this case, the sensations are the calendar date, the recent snow, and the ambient temperatures.  Perception, on the other hand, is the meaning given to the sensory data.  Given that March 20th was the first day of Spring, the perception is that Winter was supposed to be over.  It also seems that climate change has altered the timing of the weather patterns, but not the celestial movement:  that March is now the February of the past in terms of cold and snow.  Indeed, it was painful to watch robins trying to cope with the snow as it was falling a few days ago.  Their biological imperative has also not as yet adjusted.

BW photograph of a tree at Cemetary Hill In Gettysburg, PA.

Copyright 2018 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

The other thought was the irony of listening to NPR’s coverage of  March For Our Lives while being within the geography of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.

We can do much to alter the forward trajectory of both climate change and gun violence depending on the choices we make.

Take care.

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