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Winter


Winter has arrived on the mountain; it came in last Wednesday. Most mornings now I sip steaming hot tea on the veranda and shiver. The dogs choose not to join me, their baskets are too warm and the cats only watch through the window. The sunlight is very pale, long fingers through the trees which fade before they reach the ground.

But it's peaceful, these hours before the farm erupts with noise. It's coffee picking time and that means the workforce swells by about two thousand people, casual workers who come in daily from the local villages and take up residence on the shamba (farm).

But the farm is mine in these early hours. Sometimes I have to share it with the 'crazy man', a strange chap who lives nearby and likes to walk around the fields banging a piece of tin very loudly. No idea why he does it. Not sure he knows.

He didn't wake me this morning though, it was the hooting of a Giant Eagle Owl that startled me from sleep. He's taken up residence in the large tree in our garden and watches us with curious eyes. But now it's utterly quiet and still, the only sound being the breeze coming through the shell mobile hanging from the wooden beam. The mountain looms large and somewhat forbidding with its icy cap. And once again I forget where I am for just the perfect moment.

Winter


Winter has arrived on the mountain; it came in last Wednesday. Most mornings now I sip steaming hot tea on the veranda and shiver. The dogs choose not to join me, their baskets are too warm and the cats only watch through the window. The sunlight is very pale, long fingers through the trees which fade before they reach the ground.

But it's peaceful, these hours before the farm erupts with noise. It's coffee picking time and that means the workforce swells by about two thousand people, casual workers who come in daily from the local villages and take up residence on the shamba (farm).

But the farm is mine in these early hours. Sometimes I have to share it with the 'crazy man', a strange chap who lives nearby and likes to walk around the fields banging a piece of tin very loudly. No idea why he does it. Not sure he knows.

He didn't wake me this morning though, it was the hooting of a Giant Eagle Owl that startled me from sleep. He's taken up residence in the large tree in our garden and watches us with curious eyes. But now it's utterly quiet and still, the only sound being the breeze coming through the shell mobile hanging from the wooden beam. The mountain looms large and somewhat forbidding with its icy cap. And once again I forget where I am for just the perfect moment.

comments (13)

  • vz
  • Atlanta, United States
  • 21 Jun 2010, 01:12
Once again you stepped outside your comfort zone, Ms. Eliza. And once again it’s fresh and interesting. This time it is toward minimal, which forced me into introspection and contemplation, a good sign of a good minimalistic image. It’s calm, beautiful, simple and filled with air and light.
I see that your self-imposed silence brought you only good. So glad you are back.
Eliza: thank you smile it's been an interesting time away...not hugely creative i must add. i hope that has ended now. i also hope that i am started to see things differently, more of the 'new ways of seeing' idea. i already have in mind various things i want to photography for the next one...and they are not my usual subjects; my silence will hopefully have been good smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 21 Jun 2010, 06:19
Missed you. Winter set in on Wednesday down south too. Dog slipped on the small patch of iced geyser overflow when she came to say hullo. It was funny, no injuries.

A Giant in the garden. Wow, I want to be there. It must be quite something, what with Kilimanjaro in the background.
Eliza: hi louis, yes don't you love how the seasons are so start and sudden here, there is never that slow gentle phasing in of seasons...one day rainy season, next day winter. i heard the owl last night again, very mournful and raised the hair on the back of my neck. we have baby ducks around, and the kitten, so i rather hope he doesn't stay around. probably not with the fields around us being so full of people over the next week.
This perfect moment seems delicious Eliza.
I am glad to see you back.
Wonderful and delicate picture by the way!
Eliza: thank you richard smile - i stopped carrying my camera for a while (a different head space) but then wiped off the mould the other day (seriously...and scary, amazing how much can accumulate during the rains - made me feel like a very bad camera owner) and this just appeared. i hope its a good sign smile
I loved reading your early morning story and your picture is tranquil and calm, just lovely smile
Eliza: thank you so much Linda smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 21 Jun 2010, 20:30
What an image to return with Eliza, matches the blog perfectly
Eliza: thank you zed smile - it rather surprised me, wasn't sure there was an image there at first. except i loved the sunlight coming through, albeit very pale. it definitely caught a moment, rather a lovely one - a moment of calm - as it turned out.
fantastic read and sublime image Eliza, top blooming notchsmile
Eliza: thanks tim - i might have caught that beautiful shell 'curtain' in it's final moment. last night it was windy and the bloody thing clinked and clanked all night long. this morning it is on J's 'to do' list to take down smile bit of a shame really, but i appreciate that it's not everyone's cup of tea....
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 21 Jun 2010, 23:51
Beautiful comeback Eliza.
Eliza: thank you frida, lovely to see you here smile
I love these kind of mobiles, and the sound coming from them
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 23 Jun 2010, 12:42
I can hear the jingling of the shells..the quiet of the morning. Beautiful words to describe and enhance this image.
  • iris
  • Germany
  • 28 Jun 2010, 17:18
I do love these early morning hours so much as well, when everybody else is still asleep and I can just be alone with my thoughts, enjoying this very special sunlight and a hot cup of coffee. Your image matches just perfectly with these peaceful and perfect moments!
Eliza: thank you iris - yes, i too treasure them. they can be so fleeting when days, which are a bit chaotic and tricky at the moment, intrude all too soon. just have to hang on to the stillness as long as possible.
A beauty of an image Eliza, good to see your work again.
Eliza: thank you nigel, got a bit 'lost' for a while - and now i am very much enjoying my morning cup of tea whilst looking through the new day's photos. plus..planning my next one smile
  • Marie
  • France
  • 10 Jul 2010, 10:45
c'est superbe !
Eliza: thanks marie, it has caught a moment that i remember whenever i look at the picture; that particular cold mountain morning and a cup of hot tea. love how pictures can do that.
superbe détail.

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