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Winter Tea


One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

"The Snow Man" by Wallace Stevens


Linking up to Kim Klassen TT..textured with greyday,

lighten at 16%...Also Be Still wk 34, Spoons..

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Reader Comments (15)

Beautiful black&white and such gorgeous light.

February 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

Oh! That photo is the perfect depiction of winter tea. Just beautiful. The tones are exactly right. Lovely.

February 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDotti

So lovely! A bit of morning light, so soft, and gentle...letting you slowly wake up before the full light takes over! Love the tones, and black/white!

February 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly

Wonderful. I love the slight clarity in the middle. I am always partial to B&W.

February 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLiz Thomas

Soft lovely gray photo.

February 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAbrianna

Wow, Cheryl . . .
This is a masterpiece . . . your still life composition, the *spot on* bokeh, and the verse by Wallace Stevens!
I've read the poem a few times and love the last few lines, especially, "For the listener in the snow . . . Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is . . . "
sigh . . .

February 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAntoinette

Wonderful. Love the gray tones with the slight touch of brown on the spoon. At least that is how I see it on my screen.

February 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEarl

I think this is lovely….the focus seems to be on the cup handle and the light which makes it very interesting. It's awesome in black and white.

February 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn G.

A favorite poem to accompany this masterpiece of an image! So very inviting on these cold snowy days...and that light, exquisite!!

February 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Gorgeous! The light is beautiful and it looks wonderful in black and white. Love the focus too.

February 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle B

Beautiful shadows in this photo, and I love the poem!

February 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterValerie (Our Ruins)

Perfection....not much else needs to be said....

February 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Dear Antoinette...thank you so much for your lovely comments here..this was a fun project to do...and I tried to be different with my choice of was an exercise in using spoons....the last line of the poem is what drew me in also...great minds think alike.

February 5, 2015 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Love love this, the light the subject and the point of view.. I love visiting because I always find a delight...

February 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterViv Halliwell

Beautiful still life! Love it in b&w.

February 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPrairie Jill

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