Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Earthly Scents, Sights, Sounds

If there's one thing that I adore about winter (and yes, I do adore something about this horribly cold, miserable season), it's the way that it makes you feel alive. There's no denying that you are a living being when you take in a deep breath of searing cold in the morning, or feel your face tingle back into warmth after you hurry inside. For me, it's all about feelings and textures - the sights, sounds, and scents of wintertime.

I love the smell of juniper and the way snow reflects ice in the most appealing and dangerous way. I love how, upon entering a gather of trees in the wintertime, their boughs filled with snow or ice or simply nothing at all, they stand stoic and quiet. Trees are quieter in winter than in the summer, certainly.

I think in the winter I'm more drawn to knitting, painting, drawing, smelling, listening to things that have earthly tones. Lately, the new Alison Krauss/Robert Plant collaboration, entitled 'Raising Sand', has been repeating on my iPod. There's something remarkably human about Plant's voice, while Krauss has always had an ethereal tone. It somehow seems like the merging of the season to me. Especially the songs Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us, and Killing the Blues.

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