Monday, December 17, 2012

Winter in Alaska

Winter in Alaska from monica devine on Vimeo.

In a few days, we'll be on our way to California for Christmas with our grown children; away from the snow and cold, to swaying palm trees, farmer's markets, and the glorious heat of a shining sun. And then on to Hawaii, for long hikes to waterfalls and swimming with the turtles and fishes.

We are snowbirds, my flock-mate and I, fleeing midwinter out of the darkest days in Alaska, and into the silky light and orange sunsets of warmer climes.

That first curl of the toes in hot beach sand is a remarkable "ahhhh..." moment, such a vivid contrast to where we've been, how we've experienced this beautiful earth the past few months of a dark and snowy winter.

From snow boots to flip-flops. From long underwear to soft cotton sundresses.

And to think it was only yesterday we trudged through knee-deep snow on the Palmer hay flats, cameras in our hands, eager to shoot the pink-rimmed Reflection Lake covered in a white, austere beauty; our hearts flushed with excitement at the curling bark of birch trees, and the giant, snow covered logs, now cold and still, lying in a heap at the confluence of two frozen rivers.

Hot and cold.
Ebb and flow.
Sorrow and joy.

Always, we have each other.

From my tribe to yours...warmly,
Merry Christmas.








12 comments:

  1. Beautiful video. Absolutely beautiful.

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    1. Thank you. Huge learning curve. Going digital on my Christmas cards next year; not that I don't love the saliency of letters, but this is far more satisfying.

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  2. Hawaii sounds wonderful. Have a great Christmas!

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    1. Same to you, Kim. Stay safe, and of course, warm!

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  3. Monica
    What a beautiful message and beautiful vimeo photography montage to go with it !!!
    Really inspiring.
    Jane

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  4. Inspired by the little things, every day. Thank you for your kind words.

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  5. So beautifully said - the yin and yang of life. Happy Christmas to you and yours!

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    1. Merry Christmas to you, Marcie. Thank you for sharing; I always look forward to your daily offerings

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  6. Beautiful photos and presentation closing this year. Enjoy the hot days of your balance. :)

    Merry Christmas.

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    1. Merry Christmas, Petra. Thank you...blessing for a beautiful new year.

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  7. Love the pics - brings back memories from my visit (with Don) to see you in summer 2000... What an awesome trip that was! Anyway, thanks for sharing -- Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you, Kent & the boys!!

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  8. I so enjoy your family pics, David. Kids are beautiful! Warmest thoughts to you and yours in the new year.

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