The Breath of the Earth

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In February, amongst Yellowstone’s geysers, the earth’s breath ascends into a frigid winter day.

I’ll lift you and you lift me, and we’ll both ascend together. — John Greenleaf Whittier

Beautifully Brutal

or-1218-2016-131-on1Winter’s bullied the Willamette Valley this season, slapping us with snow, ice, and inconvenience.

or-1218-2016-044In December, freezing rain brought widespread power outages; the damage to trees, especially the oaks, epitomized a brutal side of nature. A lesser storm iced the roads again this week, while another brief round may arrive tomorrow.

or-1218-2016-053-on1Meanwhile, the temperature in Wisdom, Montana, fell to -46°F the other day.

There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people. —Bill Bowerman

Snow Lines

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“I believe most things can be said in a few lines.” —Enzo Ferrari

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“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary
freezing of water.” —Carl Reiner

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“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” —Leonard Cohen


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We’re having a respite from high temperatures today, breezy, cool, and rainy. Not this cold, of course, once upon a winter at a small lake in the Oregon Cascades.

“It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.” —Frank Zappa

The Lights at The End of Tunnel Vision


What attracts us to our photographic subjects? In 1982 this was just ice on a sunny January afternoon, a moment enjoyed for its crispness and clarity, its abstractness. Suggestions. And I moved on. Now, another question—why do I see it this way today? That’s probably as unanswerable as the older question I didn’t pause to consider all those years ago. So I’ll continue looking at things, differently when I can, and not worry unduly about unconscious motives, or correct answers.

“It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.” —James Thurber