“Winter lingers and takes its toll, slowly drying and fading even the most tenacious foliage. My beloved beeches are no exception. Day by day, their colour also succumbs to the elements, but faded and weather worn, they still hold on, awaiting their spring replacements.” – Ed Lehming
I’m starting to feel like this beech tree, hanging on, awaiting spring and the promise of relief from the cold of winter and the isolation COVID has had on our world. I hang on by reminding myself that this is a temporary, though emotionally taxing, period in our lives. The past year has been like nothing most of us have ever experienced, nor want to experience again.
As I look at images like this, I can’t help but find them analogous to where we are right now. The long winter of the pandemic drags on, but we are starting to see signs of hope; vaccines are starting to be deployed, and the world seems to be moving towards something slightly better, albeit at an agonizingly slow pace. I feel a bit like this beech tree, my source of brightness through the dark winter months, hanging on to it’s leaves, just as I hold onto fond memories of times with family, friends and travel. I’ll keep hanging onto them in the hopes that, very soon, there will be new memories and experiences to take their place in my life.
iPhone 12 Pro @ 4.2 mm
1/1949 sec, f/1.6, ISO 32
Wonderful image, Ed, and beautiful sentiments. I have really been enjoying your series of artistic shots. I got my first vaccination this past week and more than anything in the recent past, it filled me with hope. The warming weather and the signs of new growth make me feel a little more positive too.
Thanks Mike, Canada is a bit behind on shots but things seem to change daily, so I am also hopeful.
I think we are all wishing for the end of this winter. Your lovely photos have helped keep us smiling until that happens.
Thank you so much.