slow travel…

20 Jan


9 Responses to “slow travel…”

  1. dave treece January 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    I’m curious as to when this photo was taken. There has been fog in Helsinki lately, and I can’t help but notice that the trees in the background are well frosted,and I wonder if that is the quick frozen aftermath of the fog.
    Someone has a lot of digging to do. It’s hard to tell where the van ends and the snow drift begins.

    • hellosinki January 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

      I took this photo this afternoon around 15:30. Today was a throwback to bleaker times in December–completely overcast, more snow and consistent frosting on all the trees. Yuck!
      And, that moat of snow can’t be good for the van!

  2. dave treece January 20, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    Sounds as if the novelty of snow, cold, dark days and long nights has worn off. It has here in Michigan, as well. Thinking spring, but feeling spring not so much. I try to remember that winter has promises to keep, one of which is to end. But, this is only January still, and in further allusion to Frost, winter has miles to go before it sleeps.

    • hellosinki January 20, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

      The Snow Man
      by Wallace Stevens

      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.

      — from Harmonium , 1923

      • dave treece January 20, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

        excellent. perfect.

  3. PPusa January 20, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    There’s nothing wrong with the weather if you compare it to the snowless winters we had only a few years ago.

    Overcast snowless winter days are depressing. Snow makes things a lot brighter.

    • hellosinki January 20, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

      This is true–I’ll take snowy and bright over dark and dreary any day!

  4. leslie January 25, 2011 at 11:05 am #


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