Keith Lewis

Keith Lewis

Posted on 12/21/2010


Photo taken on December 19, 2010



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Shadows on a frozen pond.

Shadows on a frozen pond.
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Well I finally made it of the city on Sunday, some of the roads were absolutely dreadful but I had quite enough of being imprisoned. Even managed a few shots this is one of them probably the most minimalist I have posted but I thought the shadows on the ice were pleasing

Today is one of my favourite days of the year the Winter Solstice. Yes you may be sat freezing round your fires but our friend the sun starts it journey back to us today. Perhaps I am a pagan but it feels more powerful than the rather more popular event that will be with us in a day or two. I will be going out in the garden banging a drum at midnight and pouring cider over the fruit trees to encourage them to survive the ice and snow and to be ready for their re-growth.
The Pagan celebration of Winter Solstice (also known as Yule) is one of the oldest winter celebrations in the world. It falls on the shortest day of the year and was celebrated in Britain long before the arrival of Christianity. The Druids (Celtic priests) would cut the mistletoe that grew on the oak tree and give it as a blessing. Oaks were seen as sacred and the winter fruit of the mistletoe was a symbol of life in the dark winter months.

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