We awoke to a dusting of snow on the day before the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. I had to wait a few hours for the sky to brighten enough to rush out and photograph our “old” garden for the last time in the snow and then to photograph our “new” garden for the first time.
I love living where we have four seasons, where the landscape turns white, where children build snowmen and people of all ages strap boards to their feet and slide down the mountain. I’ve come to appreciate the short days and long nights at nearly 49° North, if for nothing more than the anticipation of long summer days to come when our hemisphere once again points toward the sun.
Winter holidays — Christmas and Hanukkah in particular — include celebrations of light, bringing illumination to long northern hemisphere nights. We light candles, emblazon our homes and evergreens with twinkling lights, and share fireside pleasures with family and friends. Whatever your custom, may your celebration be full of joy.
In our family it’s going to be a quiet celebration, filled with packing boxes. We purchased property on the outskirts of Bellingham this fall and have arranged for the moving van on January 3. After 23 1/2 years living within walking distance of downtown Bellingham we’re moving to the country. We have five acres, three in woods and the other two in lawn and garden that will become my new portrait garden. We’re remodeling a former feed store into a new studio building, stripping it to the studs and doing the entire first floor interior. My office will be upstairs and we’ll live across the yard in a house that was also built in 1928.
There are likely going to be a few days when I’ll be hard to reach, but my office should be back up and functional the first full week in January. The studio won’t move from Fairhaven until sometime in the spring, depending on how fast we can get the remodel done.
If you have us in your address book, please update your records to our new place. Phone and e-mail stay the same.
4682 Wynn Road
Bellingham, WA 98226
We’re looking forward to this new adventure. What better way to celebrate the solstice, a time of renewal, than to move.