Cold Dawns

It doesn't make much sense for me to keep a blog going, if subsequent posts are years apart. I know this, yet haven't taken the decision to just close this blog; over and done with, and that's the end of that.

Instead, let me add a little chapter to the ongoing story. My life is full and complicated for all the activities that take place, the interests that I have and the many journeys I make. It is lack of time and dedication that make me forget the blog, not lack of material.

So, let me then add a few words about the blessing that nature has offered us here in Holland. Winter is great this time around. We have cold spells and snow. Lots of it. Photo opportunities too many to count. And that has its effect on my Flickr site as a sheer endless stream of winter photo's dominate it at this time. It must be exhausting to viewers as the number of comments keep dwindling down. And that is a good thing in itself. It reminds me of the fact that I have been maintaining my Flickr account for my personal benefit and pleasure mainly. For me it is not so much a platform, as it appears to be for so many others. It serves rather as a convenient place, accessible anywhere, to keep a record of my photographic life for my own personal benefit.

The winter of 2009/10 has given me cause for pre-dawn treks through the Dwingelderveld national park, close to where I mostly work. The solitude I experience in the field, with only my camera and footsteps in the snow to join me, will stay with me for as long as I stay sane. In fact I'm sure it helps to keep me sane. I can recommend it to anyone.