February 6, 2012

Winter Solitude

I'm excited to share that I'm taking part in a Winter Photography Challenge hosted by 4 wonderful bloggers with a passion for taking beautiful pictures. Click HERE to get more info or click the swanky button at the bottom of my post.  This week's challenge is capturing solitude.

What do you think of when you think of the word solitude? The first thing that comes to my mind is being outside deep in a forest. Where you hear only footsteps, trees whispering in the wind, squirrels chattering and the song of birds. A place where you are alone with only your thoughts. A place where you are in awe and worship of what God has created.

I found this often in the mountains of Colorado. Since moving to Nebraska it's been particularly hard to capture and experience solitude. When I think back to my most recent memory of solitude at its finest; I remember a day last winter in Colorado when we hiked deep into the snow filled forest. The best hikes are when we encounter no other human trace and it's just us. It was the clearest of bluebird days and the snow was deeply refreshing. I can close my eyes and still remember what it felt like, I can feel it deep in my soul. It's hard to believe I was able to capture these memories and feelings of solitude so clearly. This was before my "fancy" camera. It just goes to show how gorgeous the scenery truly was, it would have been hard to take a bad picture.

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

 He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.


The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
                                                                                                                   ~ Robert Frost 



  1. First off I wanted to say I love your blog and I really like your latest pictures in the snow. :) Also I had a question if you don't mind. How are you putting the "Reactions" voting bar down below each post? That is SUCH a nifty idea! Have an awesome day!

    -Challice :)

  2. Thanks, that's really sweet of you! I added the reactions a while ago in hopes to get more interaction on my blog, I love hearing from people :) I had to go back and figure out how I did it because I couldn't actually remember...What you need to do is go into LAYOUT then click EDIT inside the BLOG POSTS box (I'm assuming your set up is similar to mine), next click the box REACTIONS and there you have it. You can change the word REACTIONS to anything else you like and also add other words to your list. I hope that helps, let me know if you need more help. Happy blogging!

  3. Love the poem and your photos! What amazing captures of Solitude! I pinned your cabin photo!


  4. WOW! What amazing photos! Love these for solitude. Although it looks frigid, it looks like such fun! Thanks so much for joining the Poetic Winter Photo Challenge!

    1. I appreciate you taking a look at my blog! It's been fun to be a part of this challenge and see what others our coming up with. It's really inspiring and gets the creative juices flowing!


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