The Mystery Bones of Landscape

 
photo by Josh Scholten
photo by Josh Scholten

 

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.
~Andrew Wyeth, artist

How endlessly beautiful is woodland in winter!  Today there is a thin mist; just enough to make a background of tender blue mystery three hundred yards away, and to show any defect in the grouping of the near trees.
~ Gertrude Jekyll, British horticulturalist

There is a stumbling reluctance transitioning from a month of advent expectancy to three months of winter dormancy.  Inevitably there is let-down: the watching and waiting is not over after all.  There is profound loneliness knowing the story continues, hidden from view.

We have been stripped naked as the bare trees right now; our bones, like the trees of the landscape, raising up broken branches and healed fractures of previous winter windstorms.  We no longer have anything to hide behind or among,  our defects are plain to see,  our whole story a mystery as yet untold but impossible to conceal.

Here I am, abundantly flawed with pocks and scars, yet renewed once again.  There are hints of new growth to come when the frost abates and the sap thaws.   I am  prepared to wait an eternity if necessary, for the rest of the story.

photo by Josh Scholten
photo by Josh Scholten

 

One thought on “The Mystery Bones of Landscape

  1. What a hauntingly sad but realistic metaphor for our human journey. And yet — “I am prepared to wait an eternity…for the rest of the story.”
    This speaks to me of the gift of hope that has been given to us by our Creator God before whom we will stand naked, our loneliness ended forever, our fractures healed, our defects wiped away. Yes, the waiting will be the hardest part of our journey.

    Thank you, again, beautiful woman, for your soul-filling insights. You are a healer in more ways than one.

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