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Winter Meets Spring

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 13 March 2013 in Landscape & Rural.

Sometimes the transition from Winter to Spring can be like transitioning from a loud and dramatic Musorgsky symphony to a moving and emotional Nina Simone ballad. Sometimes the beautiful but powerful winter can abruptly push us into the soothing and uplifting spring. Certainly, both seasons are loved and embraced for their own kind of beauty, just like the very different, but equally masterful musical geniuses that I noted.

Seasonal transitions are, of course, inevitable. Each season gives way to the next during that great procession of nature's wonders. To me, the beauty of a passing season takes up residence in my heart especially during these periods of transition. With geat delight, I reflect on the special charms of the passing season while looking forward, with anticipation, to what is yet to come in the new.

But, if they did once, the seasons can, no longer, promise us these things all by themselves. They no longer possess this ability, thanks to mankind! Our poor treatment of the earth becomes more and more crucial to the nature and "health" of the seasons. Some may not yet believe this point, but I certanly do. I believe It is up to all of us to do whatever we can to help preserve the promise of beauty that is delivered to us by each season.

In her own special way, a season gives us joy and beauty. But the future of that gift is becoming ever more dependant upon our activites, as well.

OLYMPUS E-510 1/160 second F/6.3 ISO 100 180 mm

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

ursulakatariina from Ed, Sweden

Beautiful photo.

13 Mar 2013 5:55am

@ursulakatariina: Thanks very much Ursulakatariina - I do appreciate your comments :-0

Basile Pesso from Paris, France

Wonderful composition, especially the three parts of the watery portion.
Oh yes, the text...See my comment at Mary Lynn for example.

13 Mar 2013 7:17am

@Basile Pesso: Thank you very much, Basile. I completely agree with you and what you noted on Mary Lynn's page. It is so very frustrating to hear nothing coming from the mouths of those who could help the most but do no. As Doug has noted, we, as photographers can try to use those appreciations we receive and encourage others to speak out with us....Thank You so much!

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & amazing!
so beautiful frame, colors, lights & reflections!

13 Mar 2013 7:23am

@omid: Hi Omid- thank you so much :-0

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

This is a lovely composition Denny and I agree with Basile about the water, I love the tones too

13 Mar 2013 7:26am

@Christine: Thank you so much dear friend - I enjoyed looking at that water in person 0 quite amazing :-) hugs

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Beautiful composition and I agree with what you sayDenny, along with adding as photographers we are in an ideal place to appreciate the changing seasons and capture their wonder

13 Mar 2013 7:42am

@Doug: Thank you kind sir - always appreciate your thoughtfulness and kind comments :-)

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Lovely image Denny

13 Mar 2013 8:13am

@Nigel: Thank yuo Nigel - absolutely loved yours for today - heavens that was gorgeous!

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Looking very cold indeed still, but makes for a wonderful picture :-)

13 Mar 2013 10:37am

@Ainsley: Hi Ainsley - Thank you so much :-)

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Perfect title, Denny! Absoltely love how those geese are standing on the dividing line, as if they're just ready to jump from one season to another. Cool shot!

13 Mar 2013 11:33am

@Jason Politte: Thank you so much sior- I do appreciate it :-0

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Super title for this shot Denny! The ducks poised at the edge of the two seasons is wonderful! Well seen and captured! ;-)

13 Mar 2013 11:38am

@Eric Cousineau: Thank you Eric - was the pizza good? Loved your shot today - sorry I did not get a chance to comment on many images today :-0

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Very nice. I really like the layers in this winter scene.

13 Mar 2013 1:50pm

@B. Thomas: Thanks Barbara - yes I did too, it was kind of cool to see in person, too :-)

helys from Paris, France

So great colors, lines of textures, move of the water
Nice mood:)

13 Mar 2013 3:43pm

@helys: Thank you very much helys :-)

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A beautiful post in image, and certainly with the importance of your thoughts. The open water makes sweet visual art here. Buddy, I blogged for years on MySpace about what we do to this jewel of a planet, and it was like banging my head against a brick wall except for the minority who wanted to learn more. When I wrote about two Pacific gyres of garbage, ever growing and killing so much marine life, people wanted to bury their heads in the sand. It is human collective stupidity that is up against those who finally snap out of it and try to save what can be saved. I applaud you!

13 Mar 2013 5:04pm

@Rick: Thank you Sir..I know you are right...all we can do is keep it going as best we can I guess. Thanks very much sir

Becky from los angeles, United States

Your words are ringing loudly in my ears. They are powerful as is the image. We are a lost species in many ways - and quite young it seems. Hopefully we will be the positive creatures we are meant to be and turn things around for the good of the planet and for the generations to come.

13 Mar 2013 5:19pm

@Becky: Thank you Becky It does get frightening but push on, we must

franz from Baden, Austria

a wonderfully tranquil and melancholy image, denny, but one that brought a smile to my face when i saw these lovely birds ...
all is not lost, i hope, and though it may be the proverbial "eleventh hour" more and more people do realise the consequences we all would have to endure if we continue as before ... (at least those who still don't "see" won't be able to say they haven't been warned ...)

13 Mar 2013 5:45pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Spring is on its way! That's what I like to see.

13 Mar 2013 6:49pm

@Steve Rice: Yes Indeed - Thank you Steve

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

An eye-catching division that you've composed here! It's interesting how the reflections appear very straight in comparison to what is seen at the top of the frame.

13 Mar 2013 10:41pm

@Steven: Thank you very much, Steven. I was a bit puzzled at that too but there it was :-)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful narrative. The title says it all. Wonderful image! I love how the water meets the ice.

14 Mar 2013 12:05am

@Elaine Hancock: Thanks Dear friend - got your email thank you so much -hang in there :-)

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautifully framed Denny! Love this winter scene! Your photos are very inspirational!

14 Mar 2013 12:13am

@RBL: Hi Ruthie- Thank you so very much :-)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Oh, Denny ... this is one of your best. The image is a fantastic documentary well titled, but your text is (if possible), even better. Will mankind every wake up? As has been said, we photographers have an opportunity to do what others may not ... and you have done it magnificently!

14 Mar 2013 1:32am

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thanks so much, Judy...I think Rick and Basile say it even better but oh well we keep trying..thank you so much!

my-ky from Ontario, Canada

Powerful words to accompany this excellent image.

14 Mar 2013 4:50am

OLYMPUS E-510
1/160 second
F/6.3
ISO 100
180 mm

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