It’s gray and colder than I thought it would be when I was inside looking out. I really wanted to go outside to take photos today, but now that I’m outside I want to go back in. I’m longing for sunshine or at least a little more light and warmth, but I am standing in the midst of the front meadow among familiar shades of gray on white.
I think about Garen’s beautiful photos of dead plants. Plant skeletons bathed in light. He has a couple images of Queen Anne’s Lace flowers that I particularly like. I love Queen Anne’s Lace in all the seasons; the tips of the faded flowers are just visible now above the level of snow. I bend down to look closely.
January is nearing its end and I know that February is usually a month of winter light. Here in northern Michigan we really notice the shift in February. Even the chickens start laying eggs again. But I remind myself that we’re still in January and I don’t want to wish this month away. I want to be present here; that is a big reason for this 365 project. So I take photos with my cold fingers of naked Queen Anne’s Lace against the white landscape.