new year's day
Happy New Year! After a depressingly rainy Eve day, the snow arrived last night, and the sun this morning. I went out with Louie on my x-c skis for the first time this year...the photo to the left was taken right across the road from our house, on the lane leading to our upper field.
Every twig and bit of dry foliage had a layer of white, illuminated by the morning sun shining through. It took me back to one of my early childhood memories, from about age seven...crawing underneath tall, snow-laden weeds in a vacant lot near our house. Surrounded by white forms, with everything quiet and still, I had a strong sense that day of merging with nature. Perhaps being so young, with my sense of a separate self only newly formed, I found the boundary between self and nature more easily breached. These days, it is harder to turn off the brain and be fully aware in that same way. But on this quiet, sunny snow covered morning, the first day of 2007, there was really something mystical present in the woods.