Winter is coming unstitched,
Frayed threads of cold loosening a tentative hold.
The fabric of winter sifts into the earth, flows into the cavities,
The pulse of the city quickens beneath your feet.
A sound of sweet release that catches in your throat, and floods your heart.
Time skips a quick beat, moving forward, a gentle breath on the cheek.
Winter is coming unstitched.
All images © Karen McRae
55 thoughts on “Winter is Coming Unstitched”
Great pictures and poem. The poetry of winter at an end. 🙂
Thank you Francis.
Love this set…its poetic and I admire how each and every set of yours have ethereal colour themes.
Amrita, I’m glad you like my series, I seem to be stuck on this method of exploration!
I love the poem, and, the fact that winter is on its way out.
Yes, I’m happy for warmer days too! Thank you Sandy.
Fascinating abstract images. I love them.
Your exceptional images profoundly animate the unraveling.
I’m glad you think so Elena, thank you.
Nice images. It looks like you made to different layers of pictures and putted them together. Love it. It has got some magic in the ice. Brilliant!
Hi Jan, these are just as they were captured. the ice can be endlessly surprising! Thanks.
What a beautiful piece of writing! Thank you.
Thank you Carla!
Just wonderful – such beauty in the undoing! Kathleen
The changes are welcome! Thank you Kathleen.
Wonderful abstracts and words Karen.. and such colour after all the white!! quite took me by surprise 😉
Yes Helen, it’s going to get somewhat more colourful around here I guess, I am losing my “snow canvas”.
Such an elegant farewell to Winter: a lovely metaphorical and photographic portrayal of its retreat.
Thank you Lemony.
Beautiful words and photos. I like the progression of the photos and the poem. But I have to admit I’m a bit envious. We have at least two more months of winter. Thankfully, I’m going to have a few days in Rome in April. Warm weather is beckoning me 🙂
Two more months of winter! At least you are into the sunny season. I think I would find the dark days the most difficult.
Enjoy Rome, that will be wonderful!
Flooding! Yes! I look forward to seeing what spring looks like through your eyes. So far it’s been a close-up on winter… I’ve loved it and I’m looking forward to spring!
Yes, I’m not sure what it will look like myself! Thank you Anna.
Liking the poetry. Another rabbit in your hat, I guess.
James, thank you. You are the true poet! And an inspiration.
How was your trip?!
Thanks Karen. It was fantastic – just dropped off my color film at the lab yesterday, so hopefully I’ll have something to share by Friday. You’ve been making some nice things while I was gone, glad to see them now.
I’m looking forward to your work. Good to hear the trip was fantastic! And thank you.
Very cool! Always a pleasure to view your posts. They hit the spot!
Much appreciated Steve!
Nice series of photos. Remind me of my poppies who seem to hold on to life underneath the snow. Thanks for your subtle photos that make us think.
Wally, thank you. It can be surprising what endures through the winter.
Beautiful, intriguing and forces you to gaze..I can see so many shapes and forms inside these..like paintings..wonderful..!!
Thank you Cath! 🙂
Karen, a wonderfully written poem and fascinating images. I see an animal face in the third one – do you? Intriguing! In light of our shift in one hour today, I like this line especially: “Time skips a quick beat, moving forward, a gentle breath on the cheek.” I could feel the buzz of a well-lit late afternoon today!
There seems to be infinite shapes in the ice. I find it fascinating.
I also have a little buzz going from this warm weather and melting, thank you for you very lovely words Marina!
Wonderful Karen! Can´t wait for more photos now when spring is coming!
Marija, thank you!
Loving that poem! Yay for spring!
Yes, yay for spring is right, thank you.
Such a beautiful and moving poem – accompanied by equally moving pictures!
Thank you very much Marina. 🙂
So beautiful. I love the soft colors of the thin ice series. I couldn’t help but think they would make the perfect image for porcelain floor tiles. I would LOVE to have them under my feet while being warm and cozy! 😀
Shez I think you are right, floor tiles – maybe with radiant heat underneath. 🙂
Yes!! You need about six of them and approach the porcelain floor tile makers. Seriously. 😀 I want, no NEED those for my kitchen!!! 😀
Beautiful evocative writing, Karen.
Thank you Lois, that is kind of you!
Lovely writing, very evocative. And great photos, of course
Karl, thank you so much.
Wonderful abstract images and the poem is a perfect companion.
Thank you Fish & Bicycles, glad you like it.
Oh wow! Oh gosh Karen. This is all so beautiful. I was wondering, too, when it would happen for you guys… 🙂
Gigi, thanks so much. This week has been a lovely breath of warm air.
Your writing is really beautiful 🙂