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The Undiscovered Country, Pages 70 & 71

Posted by
Gary Hart (California, United States) on 7 October 2009 in Landscape & Rural.

Each day while I'm away I'll post images and poetry from my book, The Undiscovered Country. Enjoy!

The Snow Storm

Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o'er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air
Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven,
And veils the farmhouse at the garden's end.
The sled and traveler stopped, the courier's feet
Delayed, all friends shut out, the housemates sit
Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed
In a tumultuous privacy of storm.

Come see the northwind's masonry.
Out of an unseen quarry evermore
Furnished with tile, the fierce artificer
Curves his white bastions with projected roof
Round every windward stake, or tree, or door.
Speeding, the myriad-handed, his wild work
So fanciful, so savage, nought cares he
For number or proportion. Mockingly,
On coop or kennel he hangs Parian wreaths;
A swan-like form invests the hidden thorn;
Fills up the farmer's lane from wall to wall,
Maugre the farmer's sighs; and at the gate,
A tapering turret overtops the work.
And when his hours are numbered, and the world
Is all his own, retiring, as he were not,
Leaves, when the sun appears, astonished Art
To mimic in slow structures, stone by stone,
Built in an age, the mad wind's night-work,
The frolic architecture of snow.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Thanks for visiting. Even if I don't respond, your comments are always read and appreciated.

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Superb composition and image. Fantastic softness and great focus in the left tree. I´d love to see this in B & W.

7 Oct 2009 7:32am

Val37 from Tours, France

Great composition ! I feel some sadness when I see your picture but the framing are beatiful !
Have a nice day

7 Oct 2009 8:44am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal


7 Oct 2009 2:45pm

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

Fantastic!!! Your are very talented!!

7 Oct 2009 8:42pm

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Very beautiful winter shot

10 Oct 2009 2:40pm

Bob Towery from Granite Bay, United States

Fabulous simplicity of nature here. Incredibly well done.

11 Oct 2009 11:41pm

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

Between the hardwood and the pines.....the takeover :)

13 Nov 2009 12:50am