Friday, November 23, 2007

w is for winter

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape—
the loneliness of it—the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it,
the whole story doesn't show.
Andrew Wyeth (b. 1917) artist

most days I take the train to university circle, but occasionally e's schedule and mine are in sync and I hitch a ride. today was one of those days.

in the u.s. the day after thanksgiving marks the official start of the winter holiday season - decorations go up and consumerism gets cranked up to obscene levels (evidenced by stores opening their doors at 4 AM). here are a few pictures of my wander to and from to my office at case....well, all but the last - this pic is of a house across the street from mine on avenue c. my neighbor obviously doesn't mind contributing to light pollution and global warming or perhaps they own stock in first energy!


Anonymous said...

The lights across the street are quite startling, aren't they?! Nice to see the shots of our shared Case stomping grounds, though. The law school's about the least picturesque building there...

Anonymous said...

I love your winter slide show. You take beautiful pictures.

jenclair said...

This is a great slide show, Kim. I've enjoyed it very much. I love winter, too; there is a certain muffled quietness and sense of solitude about the season.

Colette Amelia said...

Hey it seems we are having the same weather, just about that much snow here as well...and I so enjoyed your link to the light pollution. Everyone is always shocked that I don't turn on my lights...only in the room I am in and in many cases not even, and I am a bah humbug type of person for the christmas light display.

Can you believe that our City actually encourages lights? A whole dam festival is planned and we have a street or two in town that has gone bonkers every year they light up and I feel sorry for the houses that don't take part because they really seem to be ostricized. The electric company actually gives them a discount on their light bills!

That Cleaveland looks like a very nice city, glad to be getting to know it with your slide shows.

Salty Miss Jill said...

I forgot how lovely that part of Cleveland is. I would not mind re-visiting. :)

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

I love that quote. Wyeth and Winter are two reasons to love the letter W. I have a number of his prints and think they so wonderfully capture what I most love about winter, its quiet, contemplative simplicity and the feeling of anticipation of what is lost and what is to be. Hearing Billie Holiday's "Autumn in New York," with its mix of joy and pain is a great prelude to the season. It's even a bit gray and nippy in California to make us feel in unison with Cleveland.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

still early in the cold season, but I do love it.

glad folks enjoyed the slide show.

winter is a time of reflection and introspection.

jt - off to find a recording of 'autumn in new york' - a song mixing joy and pain, definitely right up my alley!

musical head's up if you haven't heard the duo 'over the rhine' check them out now - in fact, treat yourself and listen to this:

if the link doesn't work go to youtube and put in 'over the rhine ohio' and choose the first option - the one that's just the song/music (as it's karin and linford singing)- let me know what you think!

lettuce said...

i LOVE andrew wyeth's paintings, and that is a great quote.