Evidence of me

March 12, 2007 at 1:03 pm | Posted in country living, dating, faith, family, food, free knitting patterns, health, knitting, love, marriage, photography, relationships, romance, yarn | 22 Comments

Evidence of MeOur snow pack is rapidly melting away now, and I’m cool with that.

This winter has been completely, wonderfully enjoyable for me. My husband is quite pleased with the amount of snow and cold we received … he had been a bit worried when real winter was late in arriving. Evidently last year was very sparse in the snow department, and snow is an ever important factor in the seasonal comings and goings that keep the locally grown agriculture in good form, that keep the swamps full of water and the river flowing at a vigorous and healthy level.

Last week one morning I looked outside and saw beautiful golden morning light on the still lush snow and realized I should bundle up, get outside and take some more photos while the snow was still pretty enough to capture.

Evidence of MeI had noticed the day before some very interesting snow formations in our neighbor’s ditch across the road. There was a snow drift there with folds of snow, layered on one another, dripping down in points. It was very interesting, and luckily the morning sun hit them just right for a great photo op. So there I went.

As I made my shots, I kept avoiding getting my own shadow caught in any of the shots.

But then a thought occurred to me, that the shadow actually looked rather interesting cast on the crest of the ditch. I turned the camera toward my shadow and as I snapped the first shot the words “evidence of me” came into my mind.

Evidence of me. It is an interesting concept that can take the mind in many different directions. Well, my mind anyway.  (By the way, in the two photos of my shadow, notice the golden light reflected within the shadows of me and at the base of the long curving shadow on the snow bank?  I absolutely love light, and reflected light within a shadow is a delicious piece of light to notice and take hold of.)

Evidence of WinterAs I continued to shoot photos, the words kept coming out with each click of the shutter: evidence of me.

There was evidence of me, in the shadow shots. That was one thing.

All around me though, there was evidence of “me” … I could feel the spirit of this winter whispering to me, “evidence of me.”  She was about to fade completely away and wanted to show me, before it was too late, her “evidence of me”.

There was evidence also of life. Everywhere I went, looking down on the ground I could see animal foot prints of various sizes and character. They were out there looking for one another, or running from one another; looking for evidence of each other, leaving their own evidence behind.

Evidence of WinterStanding across from our river, there was still plenty of evidence of winter there … a frozen, still-bodied river sleeping soundly beneath a thick blanket of snow, lit up gracefully with golden ribbons of morning light–a forewarning of the awakening that would soon be at hand.

Evidence of “me” — the still frozen pieces of branch, twig, needles, cones of evergreen trapped ever so slightly by ice-frozen snow, on the brink of being set free by the sun and warming temperatures.

Snow sets stages, creates perfect lighting effects, isolates individual houses, trees, leaves, a river in a way that sets each thing apart in its own space and time and beckons to each of us to look at this thing of beauty. Look at it. It is evidence of life, of living, of grace and it is fleeting. Will we take the time to look, to appreciate these little works of momentary art, the evidence of which will be long gone and only remembered in our minds or perhaps by the chance photograph, painting, or description shared.

Evidence of WinterWithin a few weeks the visual evidence of winter will be gone, but for those who know the truth of her influence, we will see her throughout the coming spring, summer, and fall when we enjoy the rush of river, the lush green foliage of spring and summer, the myriad flowers changing constantly by the side of the road and in fallow fields, the crisp crunchy goodness of apples when the fall comes again … comes again on the eve of next year’s winter.

I pledge to honor this particular winter above all others, because this was my first winter in my new home on a farm in western New York. Thank you dear sweet winter, for giving me such a bountiful welcome.

In other news … I have nine yarns now, in a variety of colors, in the yarn shop at I Live on a Farm dot com. By the time I finished everything and had it all uploaded on Saturday night my eyes couldn’t focus on anything for a while. They are still a bit worn out.

Sample of Yarn from the Yarn ShopI enjoyed photographing the various yarns, and preparing the photos of swatches and so forth for the online shop. I tried to make the yarn look as yummy online as they are in person. They are all photographed on a pewter serving tray because they are as yummy as food. I wanted, if I could, to bring you as close to the experience of touching the yarn yourself as I could through my photography. Hopefully I have approached that to some degree.

Thanks for stopping by today, I always enjoy your company. My tea cup has run dry, so I will end off now and go down to brew a fresh cup o’ something good and tasty.

[I hear a gaggle of Canadian geese flying overhead. Soon a large community will settle in out at our pond for a while. From what I hear they will be leaving evidence of an entirely different nature and I will have to tread more carefully when walking about in the yard.]

Meanwhile, you have a good day my friend.



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  1. Wow….

    It sounds so beautiful where you are!

    Those are great photographs; thank you for posting them. This was a very poetic entry you posted here; it was nice to read.

  2. WOW… Look at all of the snow! I visited your blog and LOVED it. I’m in NC and we didn’t even have a winter this year. 😊 It seems like all winter long I wore shorts and left the air conditioner running.

    Also, I visited your website. Beautiful site and I’ll be sure to check it out again. I used to crochet but got frustrated with that. About the only good craft that I’m “Good” at is plastic canvas.

    Also, I’m SO going to try your recipe for pumpkin walnut bread. They look AWESOME.

    Best of luck with everything!

  3. Hey… I’m first 🙂
    I liked the presentation of the stuff in the shop!!! I’ve placed a little order and probably will order more in a couple of weeks hehehe.

    Cheers Eva

  4. I always pictured winter in upstate New York as one fraught with challenge, keeping the livestock from freezing, making sure they have water to drink instead of ice, and avoiding frostbite for the farmer himself. Yet, you bring out the lovely; it’s a joy to behold.

    By the way, I do not have geese but I do have chickens, turkeys, and ducks and, believe me, finding a safe un-pooed-upon spot on which to step is at best an obstacle course.

  5. YES indeed, thanks for sharing…We dont get much snow here in Alabama, but it is nice to see great photos–especially the first one-clear, interesting effect having your shadow in the picture on the white snow–THANKS!

  6. The blue shadows on the snow in the beautiful golden sun of late Febraury is what I like most about winter here in NE Ohio. I love snow and never complain about it. I stopped watching weather news a long time ago, since hysteria is not amusing to me. To the networks every kind of weather is tantamount to impending tragedy. Weather is not the enemy, as you have so gently explained. Circumstances forced me to move back to this dirty, smelly, messy city from the west coast (not LA), and I miss the easy access to the sunshine and flowers and the beautiful mountains and desert parks. I so enjoy your blog and wish you happiness and success.

  7. Beautiful, beautiful…..as always.

  8. I love snow and winter. Living in Virginia, we don’t get much of either, (although more than Californians), and I often wish I lived up north and had a real winter like you folks. We’ve got a slew of warm days coming this week — temps in the 70’s, and although I’m not complaining, (I’m sick to death of the forced air heat), I could tolerate more winter, if the central heating was tolerable.

    You have some nice yarns in your shop. 🙂

  9. This Canadian will drop by, but I don’t leave a mess behind me – almost wish those geese were called something else! I love your pictures of the snow – now we can see why our Eskimos have over 20 words for snow!
    It will soon be gone, but we will remember it!

  10. Love your shadows and how the snow blew over itself to form such interesting sculptures. Life is funny that way. Even when everything appears to be dead and frozen, life is running rampant through it all.

  11. Your marketing is totally working! I want to buy all of your yarns! I will do so soon.

  12. Love the first pic of your shadow! I love shadows on snow. You notice shadows so much more when there is snow on the ground, otherwise they tend to get lost.

    Lovely post!

  13. Beautiful pictures, as always – and beautiful words to go with them. You remind me of time I spent in Alaska over Christmas, and when I lived there. I think my absolute favorite moments are those in the night, during snowstorms, when you can stand outside and literally ‘hear’ the silence.. it can be so moving.

    Your yarn shop is great 🙂 the presentation and descriptions alone make me want to buy yarn! I’ve put a bit of a blurb on my blog and will likely add it to the links soon – there are several things I want to, and supporting the sites I love is tops on the list.

  14. Thank you for your perspective. I think our purpose of being is to leave evidence of ourselves, making things better than whence we came.
    Thank you. Enjoy your snow.

  15. Nature is so artistic and creative….and you continue with those wonderful qualities. Great photos. Your yarn shop is spectacular. The yarn is displayed so elegantly…how can one resist that yarn???? Even if I didn’t knit I’d want all of it! 🙂 I’ll be stopping by. Since I’m a beginner I have trouble knowing what type and how much yarn to buy for a project. I love it when you give info on the yarn you used for the project patterns you share with us. I would like to make the man’s hat…which yarn is that?

  16. You captured the snow so beautifully. I looks like cool blankets making the earth ready to do its thing in spring. Nice to “see” you:) You are after all, part of what goes on in your parcel of the world now. Your yarns look so nice!

  17. Love the pictures of the snow. The photos seem to exude the tenderness that you obviously feel for the place.

  18. What amazing pictures, I love the shadows on the snow.

  19. Hey, Shadow Girl – love those photos. Been busy and haven’t had time to visit, but I’m sure I’ll be shopping within a day or two – like I need more yarn to tease me, ya know? I found some fiber on ebay which was begging for spinning, but I ran out of spindles – looks like I’ll have to finish up something and soon.

  20. Each of your conversations give me a chance to see the everyday with ‘new eyes’. It’s always enjoyable to spend time listening to what you see.

  21. I love the yarn you showed at the bottom, they look really YUMMY!!!
    I wish to get them and knit something for my baby!

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