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manifesto monday: metaphors

12.14.2009

celebrations for winter holidays usually have some kind of metaphor that embraces a bright moment in the "dead" of winter. for example, the winter solstice is the darkest day of the year, but each day following the solstice grows brighter.
growing up in a place where most plants hibernate and grass is covered in layers of snow, it is odd for me to be in a place where this does not happen. here, in california, winter means that everything, except for certain trees, turns an emerald green. the grasses that were scorched dry during our extreme summer heat are nourished and come to life.
this has changed my winter metaphor...or at least it has broadened it: winter brings moisture which the earth drinks up and stores for tougher times ahead. it is a time to prepare, to slow down, and to soak it all in, bringing life. this i believe.

3 comments:

onesilentwinter said...

beautiful, we celebrate winter soltice! i love the winter so much, that sometimes i can't bare to hear people complain-but yes my fingers do get cold too!

ZLB said...

that is SUCH a gorgeous photo! You are so very very talented my dear.

Cherie said...

I love that photo. Very, very beautiful.