Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Winter Mornings Are Made of Light

I lurch awake before sunrise and make coffee, then lean against the counter and wait for early sunlight to make its way through the kitchen window, for the sun's rays to shine through the fence on the eastern perimeter of the garden.

Sometimes there is sunlight on these chill January mornings, but much of the time, there is not. Northern days begin to stretch out languorously at the beginning of a new calendar year, but we will be into February's middling pages before real change can be seen and felt in morning's trajectory through old wooden fences, frosted windows and snow crowned shrubbery.

Winter skies are breathtaking before dawn, their deep blue shading gloriously to pink and gold and purple near the horizon, but the weather is, for the most part, very cold here all through the month of January and well into February. Thermometer readings of -38 degrees (Celsius) are not unusual for this corner of the world. Whatever the thermometer says, there is a fine elusive old truth resting out there in the interstices between earth and sky at dawn, in the dance of light and shadow in the winter landscape.

On woodland rambles (still brief, alas), I trace sharp lines of shadow in the snow with my eyes, measure the changes in their inclination from day to day. The shadows whisper that springtime is on its way, but they also make it clear we have a very long way to go before the greening season puts in an appearance. Until it does turn up, I look for dancing motes of light in the world, and I remember that deep within their dreaming roots, all trees hold the light


Barbara Rogers said...

Keep warm, stay safe, and know that I appreciate when you share your thoughts as well as beauties of the world you see.

Jennifer said...

Your cold Northern home sounds so beautiful to this Southerner.

Tabor said...

The cold is beautiful where you live, but I am sure you look forward to the changing length of the days. It is only 49F hear in the day and I am so afraid for our milder, and milder winters. OUr summers will be steamy. We have not really seen any snow and we are into January. Stay warm, call on friends to share hot cider or cocoa or tea. Keep warm.