I have been looking for a photo scene that would fit this writing by Jack London for a few years,
it really hit home when I read Into The Wild, a book and subject I have blogged about before.
After 3 years of searching, this photo op struck me as "the one"
So here it is…
IMGP2721 a Winterscape


Dark spruce forest frowned on either side the frozen waterway. The  trees had been stripped by a recent wind of their white covering of  frost, and they seemed to lean towards each other, black and  ominous, in the fading light. A vast silence reigned over the  land. The land itself was a desolation, lifeless, without  movement, so lone and cold that the spirit of it was not even that  of sadness. There was a hint in it of laughter, but of a laughter  more terrible than any sadness – a laughter that was mirthless as  the smile of the sphinx, a laughter cold as the frost and partaking  of the grimness of infallibility. It was the masterful and  incommunicable wisdom of eternity laughing at the futility of life  and the effort of life. It was the Wild, the savage, frozen-  hearted Northland Wild.

From Jack London’s White Fang

Best Regards to all, from the northland trails

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24 Responses to Winterscape

  1. Rhonda says:

    I love those words and yes, you found the perfect photo to describe the scene…gave me goosebumps actually…great job!

  2. Vieille Ourse says:

    WONDERFUL ! Steve, you have found the right place to match that text !I read Jack London\’s book as a child (in French) … I am thinking of reading them again now in their original version !Hugs from Belgium – sending over some nice and sunny Spring weather to you !Katia

  3. Patsy says:

    You did a great job matching the photo to the text. Hope spring visits you soon.

  4. jude says:

    wow…..hugs from montreal,bo jour mon ami

  5. Bill says:

    Cold, lonely and unforgiving.

  6. Rambling says:

    An artist\’s touch, yours, make the words have meaning that would have been missed otherwise. Your mind and heart are complex pieces of art and deep care for both the lands that surrounds you and the lives that touch yours.

  7. Terry says:

    What a great match. You sure found the perfect picture for the words.

  8. Sherry says:

    It almost looks like another planet. Perfect!

  9. KingfisherRaven says:

    You got it Steve thats the one !

  10. elizabeth says:

    the photo says it all.hugs, bb. xxx

  11. PEP says:

    Very appropriate for those words Steve

  12. Horst says:

    Excellent Photo Steve, also quite an interesting Verse.

  13. Babblelot says:

    An outragiously gorgeous photo. The verse brought the picture alive and vice versa. Good job.The 1rst graders have been talking about the mountain in Alaska all week. They are hoping it will\’interrupt\’…lol. Hope yer keep\’in an eye on that volcano! God Bless.

  14. KatSoup says:

    perfect! Every once in a while I see a photo that is so….words excape me. It\’s a picture so perfect that it\’s hard to believe that a human could be in the presence of such beauty without thier mere being there spoiling it. The lighting, clouds, mountains and snow, perfection.

  15. Greg says:

    Hi Steve…Yep…Perfect photo.Now I feel like getting out my Jack London books.Safe travels up north and as always thanks for sharing your world.Greg

  16. Michelle says:

    The color is amazing to me…almost like a painting done on metal…it is truly a photo that makes you feel the cold! I really like it!Grace to you shell

  17. Sanjana says:

    its a small world after all and i found your space again…………..its good to be back…………you probably dont remember me but i remember you for two reason one you from Alaska and the second your name KUskulano duh i didnt spell that right did i?????its the puuuuuuuurfect picture for the write up ………………..does perfect sweet justice.

  18. Barbara says:

    Love it!!!!Barbie

  19. Cindy says:

    It looks very cold and wild, like you don\’t know what\’s going to happen next. Very mysterious.

  20. Kimmy says:

    One word comes to mind here.. desolate. I love the shadows playing on the snow!

  21. I says:

    There is something about this photo…. It really calls out (or whispers) to the viewer. xo T~

  22. Cat says:

    couple thoughts – Into The Wild – pity the young man in search of beauty found out too late that happiness is sharing the beauty – there was once a photographer who\’s name escapes me – who felt that photos of nature should always have a human in the photo- not sure why – but I prefer those without – they remind us that we are not necessary –

  23. Dianne says:

    Outstanding photo. As I look at the untamed beauty , it makes me shiver and oh so thankful that is not me standing there taking this photo, as stunning as it is. I loved reading White Fang, many years ago. Great post , Steve.Hope all is well up there in Alaska.Thankyou for dropping by. It is always nice to see you and I appreciate your comments.Dianne 🙂

  24. Here I Am says:

    Stunning, the color the starkness of it.

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