Incongruous

January 15, 2019

BW photograph of the recent snow at Morgan Run.

Copyright 2019 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

The photographs included here are part of a series made when temperatures were in the low 20s, some while it was still snowing-a snow that resulted in about 4-6″ of depth depending on the location.

BW photograph of snow covered rocks at Morgan Run.

Copyright 2019 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

That evening, time was spent reading the latest Dave Robicheaux novel from James Lee Burke.  Detective Robicheaux works in the New Iberia/New Orleans area of Louisiana, which is generally weather-wise a world away from the location of these photographs, especially at this time of year.   That dimension is specifically mentioned due to its importance in Mr. Burke’s writing.  His style is quite descriptive and evocative, and brings both the characters and region to a tangible existence.  As such, the climatic conditions become another character that helps drive the narrative.  As these stories unfold, the weather often mirrors or tends to exacerbate the emotions of the moment.  In some cases, the weather is the subject.  That, in fact, is the issue:  when it is this cold and with the white stuff flying, reading about heat, humidity, and thunderstorms makes one long for a different season.

Perhaps it would be best to go back and re-read the Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo.  At least the weather in those novels would make what is seen here almost cozy by comparison.

Take care.

 

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