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Winter Trees


"The wet dawn inks are doing their blue dissolve.
On their blotter of fog the trees
Seem a botanical drawing --
Memories growing, ring on ring,
A series of weddings.

Knowing neither abortions nor bitchery,
Truer than women,
They seed so effortlessly!
Tasting the winds, that are footless,
Waist-deep in history --

Full of wings, otherworldliness.
In this, they are Ledas.
O mother of leaves and sweetness
Who are these pietàs?
The shadows of ringdoves chanting, but chasing nothing."

--Sylvia Plath

Winter Trees


"The wet dawn inks are doing their blue dissolve.
On their blotter of fog the trees
Seem a botanical drawing --
Memories growing, ring on ring,
A series of weddings.

Knowing neither abortions nor bitchery,
Truer than women,
They seed so effortlessly!
Tasting the winds, that are footless,
Waist-deep in history --

Full of wings, otherworldliness.
In this, they are Ledas.
O mother of leaves and sweetness
Who are these pietàs?
The shadows of ringdoves chanting, but chasing nothing."

--Sylvia Plath

comments (33)

Wooooow. Great shot.
Kathryn: Oooooww, Thanks so much smile
another LIKEY!!!
Kathryn: Nice to know you likey it, Patrick.
Radiant and mysterious. Very well done...
Kathryn: Thank you, Larry, yes I think mysterious is a good word. When I look at it, I wonder what is there, just out of our visual range.
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • 14 Jan 2008, 02:44
...nice shot... great crop... top colors... ooops, no colors... good tones... did I forget something? oh yeah ...WOW... straight to my likeys...
That's all I can say. Who can compete with Sylvia Plath? Not me. Not me, my dear.
Kathryn: Viktor, oddly I dreamt this image a few weeks ago and it had settled down in the back of my mind. I described it in detail to M and told him how haunting it was. Then while on a drive on the countryside a couple of days ago, here just a short walk from my house on a road I've only been on a few times, it found me again. I took this image from the window of the car as we passed.

I wonder about the field's connection with me.
  • Astrid
  • The nehterlands
  • 14 Jan 2008, 06:26
Kathryn, I am impressed by the beauty of this picture, for me you are THE master of this kinds of pictures and I agree with Viktor with the same words!!
Kathryn: Astrid, amazing the beauty we are served up on a daily basis, isn't it?

THE master? Oh Oh I am always careful about being up on pedestals. I have an extreme fear of heights smile

Thanks for your very kind words. How was the trip to Texel? I wonder what it is like in the dead of winter.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 14 Jan 2008, 07:22
This is my favorite of yours yet, Kathryn! And Viktor is so right: no one can compete with Syvia Plath!
Kathryn: Thanks, Ginnie. Glad to know you like it so much.

Sadly even Sylvia Plath could not compete with Sylvia Plath :-(
Excellent K'. richard
Kathryn: Thanks much, R.
  • Nig
  • Gym
  • 14 Jan 2008, 08:02
Simply beautiful, Likey!
Kathryn: Wow I must be doing something right, Nig. Thanks much.
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 14 Jan 2008, 08:42
Just amzaing Kathrynsmile
Kathryn: Thanks amazing Tracy!
Great work. I love the simplicity.
Kathryn: Thanks..some times keeping it simple is quite complex.
  • blackdog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Jan 2008, 09:11
Nice choice of words to accompany this ephemeral image - blotter of fog is an exquisite phrase.
Kathryn: Couple that with the though of dawn inking the trees on that blotter of fog...wow she was amazing, wasn't she?
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Jan 2008, 09:18
I must watch out that I don't run into Sylvia Plath - she sounds dangerous by some of the other comments tongue

Excellent picture and you have another likey
Kathryn: Dangerous perhaps, but to herself far more than to anyone else. She is not so different from most of us, I think.

Glad you likey the image, Louis. I do too.
  • tim
  • leeds, uk
  • 14 Jan 2008, 11:20
oh my Katharyn you have done it again, can't be faultedsmile have a nice day.........tim
Kathryn: Thanks, Tim. I've come to believe that most people here are so nice they don't fault things much anyway.
Very nice and delicate shot Kathryn. Well done
Kathryn: Thanks, Richard.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 14 Jan 2008, 12:10
I know of Sylvia Plath, but had not read any of her work before this post, Kathryn...Clearly I have been missing out on something very good.

Your beautiful image works well with the Plath images.

Is there a reason why you presented your image without foreground?
Kathryn: There is a foreground, Ray, It fades to black quite quickly though so it fades in with the page. I put a frame on the image and it just was not the same.

Nice to know you like it. Yes, read more Plath.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 14 Jan 2008, 15:02
Today must be the day for naked trees! This is very atmospheric.
Kathryn: Tis the season, Martin!
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 14 Jan 2008, 15:43
Quite lovely, Kathryn. The emptiness of the composition really works well.
Kathryn: Thanks kindly, Jewlya.
  • Richa
  • United States
  • 14 Jan 2008, 16:32
Nice. A perfect winter shot.
Kathryn: Thanks, Richa. It is perfectly winter here.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Jan 2008, 16:49
I love this shot - there is something very satisfying about rows of trees and the mist gives it a very delicate, ethereal look. Amazing for being taken through a car window!
Ingrid
Kathryn: Thank to so much. Yup a car window at dusk. The dashboard was cropped out.
Utterly delightful, Kathryn. You have a marvellous and delicate touch with such subjects, and this would look fabulous hanging on a wall. (:o)
Kathryn: I think I might actually print this one just to see what it looks like, Roz. Thanks so much for your encouragement.
  • Chris
  • Isle of Wight (UK)
  • 14 Jan 2008, 17:19
Poster material Kathryn
Kathryn: Thanks so much, Chris.
  • dodge
  • Canada
  • 14 Jan 2008, 18:36
awestruck and then dumbstruck!
the subject matter, the composition, the tones, the inspiration, the whole craft (and caboodle) combined produces a work of art.
and then...Sylvia Plath.
1+1 equals 10!
thank you for this haunting, evocative (of something in the recesses of my mind, don't know what exactly) image, an image that's drawn with the imagination; photography just happens to be the tool handy for expression.
Kathryn: Dodge, it is my extreme pleasure to share with you as I surf your site quite frequently and draw such inspiration each visit. Nice to know I can reciprocate.

Your last words--"the tool handy for expression" have been my mantra throughout my professional career (which is related to the use of technology as a learning tool and cognitive processes associated). Nice to know I am in the process of practicing what I preach.
Right, this is going straight into my likeys. The sheer simplicity of this is wonderful. I want to see this as a huge print.

Oh I wish I had taken this!!!
Kathryn: Bill, glad you like it so much!
  • Ellie
  • in a damp United Kingdom
  • 14 Jan 2008, 20:39
Minimalist and absolutely ethereal.

If this is the result a dream, maybe I ought to work on sleeping a bit more wink
Kathryn: Thanks, Ellie.

The sleep and dreaming--I have a very active sleep life with my dreaming. I've always said that I live an entire other life in my dreams. Have a couple glasses of good red wine and then turn on the news. The news generally bores me to sleep in a matter of 15 minutes. If you want to go to sleep in less than 5 minutes turn on the American news. The recent focus in the USA on Britney Spears is one of the best sleep aids I've ever found!
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 14 Jan 2008, 23:28
Wow, Beautiful Kathryn and Sylvia Plath suits it to a tee.
  • Scarlet
  • The Netherlands
  • 15 Jan 2008, 10:18
Stunning Kathryn
  • Scarlet
  • The Netherlands
  • 15 Jan 2008, 10:18
Stunning Kathryn
  • Obioma
  • United States
  • 15 Jan 2008, 17:17
Great post work. Very haunting
  • gale
  • Cape of storms
  • 15 Jan 2008, 17:20
Powerfull!!! excellent photo to accompany the poem. I remember seeing her grave in Manchester( or close by)
Wonderful and lovely. For my a likey!
  • liam
  • South Africa
  • 17 Jan 2008, 14:42
yep another likey. Very soft soft soft shot...quite literally seems to have a 3D effect on my eyes. Another fabulous shot Kathryn
  • Ron S
  • Worcester UK
  • 30 Jan 2008, 08:24
Lovely, lovely, lovely.
Wonderful. I love all the space that you have given.

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