The world aslumber

Afternoon in Eastern Finland, December 24th, 2012. Photo courtesy of the Woodsbabe.

In the north, mid-winter is a peculiar time. It’s dark, quiet, cold and in some ways, life has ceased. It’s as if the world itself is deep in hibernation. In the wild, strange mixed feelings arise in me. At times, there’s a feeling of being the only person in a hostile world, with no-one else around but an icy mother nature who’s more than willing to dispatch me should I make a serious mistake. At other times, there’s a sense of intense peace and perfection in my surroundings. Winter in the north is a time for both quiet reflection and exciting new endeavors. Once resisted and ignored, I have come to embrace it.

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16 comments on “The world aslumber

  1. Marm :):) says:

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!! So peaceful~Thanks for sharing!

  2. Ron says:

    I know just what you mean.

  3. Wade Hodgson says:

    Winter is a great time of year to get out and explore. Far less people, no bugs, and you can get into places that you would not even try to get into in summer. Your right that Mother Nature is neutral on your survival or demise. You have to keep your head and be prepared, and don’t take chances.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Terrible magnificence is the description which comes to mind. As with much of nature it is potentially deadly, but very beautiful.

  5. I’ve grown increasingly fond of my warm house in my old age. ;-)

  6. Grammy's Grub says:

    Very beautiful!

  7. Duncan says:

    Perhaps the feelings of peace from being in the wild and knowing that it has no preference for your survival is because at that moment, we are in control of our own destiny. Excellent post! I always look forward to them.

  8. Beautiful photograph and very true words.

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