A blizzard blanketed our city in frozen beauty and wintery silence this week. Thanks to the salt truck, our street was completely impassable from the first night of the snowstorm as the driver took out three telephone poles and ripped down all the wires along our street here in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.

We werent’ able to stick it out for the full 6 days our area was without heat or power, but for those first two days… the enforced solitude, icy perfection and welcome silence were just amazing. This is actually a shot of our street… buried under 2 feet of snow. :) Winter is difficult, and it wears on the soul as well as the body. However, Winter is also a time of gathering self, contemplation, magical transformations, rest and silence which comfort and strengthen us in ways we hardly perceive. All too often in our busy lives we don’t make time for silence, solitude, introspection or contemplation in general… gifts which Winter provides us with each year, yet we seldom appreciate them. I miss the warm Sun of Summer, the giddy joy of Spring, and even the fruitful bounty of Autumn… but for now, I’m drinking deep of Winter’s hushed beauty and wondering what new gifts of spirit may blossom after this seemingly barren season passes.

I look to All My Relations for advice, wisdom, and inspiration. I’m a Gemini with Pisces rising…everything else is subject to change without notice.

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  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 5 years ago

    lovely image

  • Thanks, Scott :) We don’t usually see this much snow at one time, and it can be as intimidating as it is beautiful.

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTalmost 5 years ago

    beautiful winter shot

  • thanks! I thought so too :)

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Lori Deiter
    Lori Deiteralmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful work!!!! Such a gorgeous wintry scene!!!!

  • Winter certainly does require extra effort and patience on our part… but it gives us amazing moments of Beauty in return. Glad you enjoyed this scene :) wishing you laughter

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 5 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • Thanks :)

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 5 years ago

    How beautiful Quinn!! Looks like it would be very, very quiet except for the occasional soft plop of some snow falling off a branch.

  • For the first day, there weren’t even too many of those! So much snow had fallen that the weight of it was keeping it in place… and the wood doves cooed and flip-flapped their way into and out of the snow laden trees, like strange singing fish moving in and out of their hidden grottoes :) If we’d only had heat, we all would have been perfectly content to enjoy it! ~ wishing you laughter

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsalmost 5 years ago

    Perfectly serene! Just filled with solitude!

  • Isn’t it just? :) Winter is so often seen as empty and barren, but really it’s brimful of things we just don’t make time for as we should… silence, solitude, patience, introspection, gratitude. Winter is certainly hard work, but so vital too :) thanks for stopping by, Pamela!

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Rosej
    Rosejalmost 5 years ago

    an amazing blanket of beauty

  • thank you , Rose… I thought so too! :)

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 5 years ago

  • :) wishing you laughter

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • sharpie
    sharpiealmost 5 years ago

    Loved your writing, so very true! Lovely picture even though I have well had enough snow now!!!

  • This is always the hardest part of Winter for me. It’s hard work convincing myself that all that snow is actually quite beautiful! lol The birds have begun singing about Spring, which only makes me long for those warmer days all the harder. But, as I often remind myself, we cannot deal in “what ifs” and “someday soons”… we can only deal with what we actually have before us…. so I might as well make the best of it :) Soon enough, the snows will melt and I’ll sit among my leafy friends listening to the crickets and grasshoppers scoffing at the thought of Winter’s hardships. :) wishing you laughter

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Rhenastarr
    Rhenastarralmost 5 years ago

    A perfectly beautiful winter shot.

  • Thank you, Rhena :) I know it will stand out in my memory! :)

    – Quinn Blackburn

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