Current Events




In the same way the wind carves out the snowdrifts the current is carving away at the belly of the river ice. I wonder how it would look turned upside down. Would it be etched full of channels and rippled ridges or glassy and smooth? I imagine running my hand over the cold surface. Connecting with the texture. Perhaps I need to pick up my paintbrush. Do something more tactile.

This seems to be my visual response to reading the news today. Thinking quietly “out loud”. That feeling of helplessness like a small current of energy vibrating inside that you’re not sure what to do with.
My initial response is to throw some beauty to the wind and hope it lands on someone who needs it…a thin lifeline.

All images Β© Karen McRae

55 thoughts on “Current Events

  1. Remember your questions come spring Karen, and check out the chunks of ice that come to river shore. If I remember correctly they are both dimpley/smooth and etched.
    I’d bet there a ton of variety in the river ice because of changes in water levels, current speed, and erosion. Neat question…

  2. These are beautiful, beautiful images – so calming, serene and meditative. But why include the last one? I’m sure you have a good reason, and I’m sure I’m missing the point, but for me it belongs to a different world, a different reality.

    1. Hi Louis,
      You are right in a way. It’s an interruption, yes, but a purposeful one.
      My thoughts and my images flow together here and I consider things carefully. I do appreciate your insight, thank you.

  3. Ugh, one of these days, I’m going to leave the first comment πŸ˜€ Because then I won’t feel like everyone’s already said what I want to say… but I can’t leave and say nothing either… the emptiness knocked a little breath out of me… these are wonderful…..

  4. Wonderful words and accompanying imagery Karen. Reading the news today has been a bit heavy, and these images inject a calm stillness to the muddle. Thinking of those in the Midwest US. All images are my favourites.

  5. I was admiring the beauty of the images, then I read your (written) thoughts, which resounded so deeply with me. I really liked this post, Karen!

  6. So little to see, so much to imagine. A lovely thought provoking post. The lifeline to beauty is always needed. Too many are caught in the rapids and never slow down enough to see and feel beauty. πŸ˜€

  7. Karen,

    I have enjoyed seeing these images of snow that you have captured so well. They give that sense of bleak loneliness, rather like the other extreme, desert sand dunes.
    Nature reduced to a bare minimum – peaceful beauty.

    David.

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