Monday, February 3, 2014

Winter's Heartbeat

    Photo: Kent Devine                                           "Winter's Heartbeat"

K. Devine

We walked the quiet woods, cameras dangling 

from our necks, the air cold and still. Soon our

steps became further spaced as you  

wandered away, following the scent of your 

camera's eye,  discovering anew ice-

rimmed leaves, a feather stuck to a tree,

brittle wands of willow.

Isn't every single day, a rare occasion?

Isn't every moment fresh with new possibility?

Listen, said e. e. cummings. There's a

hell of a good universe next door: let's go!

And so we went. Creating our own zig zagged 

trails through stands of birch and ice-tipped spruce, holding our own in this white icy 

world; moving, pausing, click click click

K. Devine
K. Devine

    M. Devine

And then an ice "zipper" at the river. deep blue

and dramatic

Ice buttons.  Ice bubbles.  Ice stars.

How did thy form so perfectly, with dimples and fringes, bulges and points?

A baby universe. here. under our feet

Ice new, and ice light years old.

A world ordinary and rare: pure-glazed and

crystalline cold.

                  M. Devine           "Ice Buttons"

          K. Devine

K. Devine

Note: These photos were taken on the Eagle River in Alaska, where we stumbled upon something rare on the river. Formations we'd never seen before, probably due to a previous melting of snow cover, then freezing temperatures, caused puckers around stones and crystals of ice hanging off the ends of rock. We found them interesting, showy and quite dramatic. 



  1. Oh how wonderful! Your photos are amazing.

    I love, love, love any photos, of ice, frost, etc. You have captured beauties.

    Not only beautiful photos, but beautiful words, here too...

    Thank you. With Winter continuing, it is so nice to read posts, which continue to point out the Beauty of Winter.


    1. Yep, winter is still here, but far milder than usual. I'm always trying to figure out how to photograph winter, year after every flawless year. Thank you for your kind words!

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  3. All of the photos are lovely, and beautifully framed with your words. Still, the "ice buttons" are my favorite. They remind me of my mother's rhinestones, and of her button box, where faceted and sparkly buttons mixed with the more pedestrian.

    What a gorgeous entry.

    1. Mine too, Linda. My mom had a basket full of buttons, and as a kid, I'd dump them out and sort through them with delight. Your thoughts are well appreciated.