Summer Colour & Warmth

Field Green - Near Greencourt, Alberta
Field Green – Near Greencourt, Alberta

Our Boxing Day is overcast. Snow falls (four inches worth), family sleeps late – the television has had its share of use and all have been able to settle and rest. Coffee and tea warm us. Outside is winter’s cold, an entity that almost requires a northern household to have a fire place to throw off a dry, substantial heat (one day, perhaps) or in-floor heating, at least. Our day is quiet, moving me to recall summer’s colour and warmth, a time when it is easier for an object in motion to stay in motion – a very different time of year. Loreena McKennitt has an album for a day such as this, ‘Music to Drive the Cold Winter Away,’ a Christmas gift from my brother several years back.

Listening to – Ed Sheeran’s ‘The a Team;’ my daughter received sheet music to this song; I’ve had a go at fretting chords and then doing so with the actual song, finding nuance in how it’s played.

“Photography makes us feel that the world is more available than it really is.” – Susan Sontag, ‘On Photography’

15 Comments on “Summer Colour & Warmth

    • Colour back to mind – are you experiencing this darkness too? At this time of year, here, in High Level, Alberta, the sun crosses the horizon at 9:30 a.m. and returns below the horizon at moments just after 3:00 p.m.. As I arrive at school, I do so during morning’s dusk; as I leave, it is totally black out. It’s also cold – today it’s -44C with the wind chill. Moreover, with a school renovation this past summer, I haven’t as yet put any pictures up to colour my office wall – a blue-grey wall with no images and no colour.

      Happy New Year, Jim – I’ve been in Edmonton this past week with family.

      Take care. 😉

      • We’ve been getting second hand storms across the atlantic from the US, lot of rain, not as bad as -44 but chilly and damp. A bad combination, with the high winds it makes getting out very difficult, and the flooding closes many of the usual backroads.

        But the days lengthen and the weather doesn’t stop me writing. Take care and get some colour onto the walls, makes the workday brighter.


  1. This photo just goes on and on. I love the glimpse of the mountains in the distance, and the earthy fenceline. Well, the whole image is just wonderful!

    • Hey there, Laurie:

      The photo does go on and on and on … the green of July’s early crop does me good in this colder and darker time of year. Sort of longing for summer’s heat and wind and colour – perhaps, the purpose of a winter season … to engage appreciation for what we do have when we have it.

      Are you longing for a different season? Are you enjoying the one you have in front of you?

      Take care … 😉

      • You know, I truly am a four season fan. I try very hard to enjoy the best of each season, and ignore the worst. I don’t always suceed, but I try 🙂

    • Hey there, Cezanne:

      Enjoyed reading the Frederick Buechner quote/devotional on the Christian – totally good.

      Also, interesting to read you have mosquitoes; I hope yours are not as big as ours.

      Thank you, I appreciate these kind words and all that is at play in your blog.

      Take care … 😉

      • 🙂 glad u enjoyed it. yip, very annoying mosq’s. though the truth is we have more flies than mosq’s this year, which are far more annoying as they are very arrogant and very very irritating. the mosq’s are not as big as previous years, but their high-pitched songs are not my kind of music. how big are your ones? thanks for saying hello. i wish i could run through these fields, with a theme song playing in the background. it has a feeling of freedom attached to it.

      • You remind of a friend, Bonnie, who had as one of her Life’s goals driving through our Canadian Rocky Mountains in a small convertible with John Denver’s Rocky Mountain Way High; this was way back when we were in High School working the cafeteria for the 1978 Commonwealth Games.

        For us, up here, in Canada’s backwoods the mosquitos will get huge with little intervention; we also have horseflies … they’ll take a chunk out of you when they bite. 😉

      • yes, horseflies are horrible! 🙂 maybe one day i will visit Canada, still one of my top fave places to go.

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