This is a photograph taken looking a few degrees west of south at 2:30 PM on December 8, 2009 at Pownal, ME. We are about two hours south of the 45th parallel which is half way between the equator and the north pole. I’m not complaining, you understand, but I continually marvel at the seasonal shifts and varying perspectives offered to the casual observer living at this latitude. It is easy, judging by this, how the sun would simply disappear at and above the arctic circle.

I’m happy for those folk living there. They don’t move away, so there must be some special benefit found in such an environment. I’d go bloody bananas.

The slanting light so early in the day offers a texturing of the landscape unlike at any other time of the year. The sun seems to set in a south southwesterly direction. Soon light will return and the process will be repeated. It’s comforting in a way to see these “predictable” natural cycles. So much in life is unpredictable.

I filled up all the inside wood bins today. Come on North Wind and blow your best.

On second thought, second best will do for now.

I’m Jerry Henderson


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