As Seen…Winter’s Last Gasp

Not long ago, before winter began to loosen its grip, the three of us from f/4 studio visited Beaman Nature Center, just north of Nashville. In the month of March you will see each of our takes of the park’s woods.

My own view of the woods is marked by the directions my eyes traveled. I looked through…


© Sharon Brown Christopher


© Sharon Brown Christopher


I looked down…


© Sharon Brown Christopher


And up…


© Sharon Brown Christopher



© Sharon Brown Christopher

I also looked deeply…


© Sharon Brown Christopher



© Sharon Brown Christopher

What I saw evoked in me a sense of naked vulnerability. That’s what winter does to me.

At the same time, already knowing the next chapter of the story, I felt the anticipation of that which was to come.

Parker Palmer has this to say about winter’s last gasp:

“There is a hard truth to be told: before spring becomes beautiful, it is plug ugly, nothing but mud and muck. I have walked in the early spring through fields that will suck your boots off, a world so wet and woeful it makes you yearn for the return of ice. But in that muddy mess, the conditions for rebirth are being created.”

Contributed by Sharon Brown Christopher






5 thoughts on “As Seen…Winter’s Last Gasp

  1. Robert

    Ms Sharon:

    Selective focus works great. Wonderful images, Yearning for Spring and mud season be gone. Be still and wait.

    Thank you,

    Rob Olson

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Bonney Oelschlager

    The first three photos have clear ‘images’ That spank my eyes with an awareness to look deeper everywhere for what humans rarely think is spiriting itself in things such as tree trunks and curled leaves. WOW, so pleased to share your focus. Thanks.

  3. Howard Daughenbaugh

    Thank you, Sharon, not only for the photos which stir the spirit but also for your personal reflections which stir the mind. The two together remind us that in the muck of chaos there is the light of hope and birth.


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