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this side of winter the dark holds the excitement and anticipation of halloween, bonfire night, thanksgiving and christmas, and being half english and half american i am lucky enough that in our family we celebrate them all. this side of winter it is a dark that feels good, comforting and full of promise.

i took this picture one morning last week, during the half term holiday, where our mornings could be slow and gentle, it was the first really cold morning and leaf was huddled on the window-sill wrapped in a blanket watching the first of the morning light… to me it is dark in a quiet way, a gentle darkness holding in it the light that is coming.

please visit my lovely and talented friend Pamela Joye in Salem, MA who has had a very busy month photographing the strange and the wonderful in the halloween capital of the world.

November 5, 2013 - 3:51 pm

Carrie - Your description is so fitting, I can just feel the chill of the morning and the coming light. Love this!

November 5, 2013 - 4:40 pm

Sara Kelly - What a beautiful description of winter and dark. And I know just what you mean, “this side of winter.” Fits my own feelings very precisely. The focus is beguiling: somehow the matte made me think it would be out of focus, but then the eye lashes are so clear I could count them. A beautiful image.

November 6, 2013 - 3:16 am

Linsey - I love the feeling of this image exudes, a quiet solitude embraced by a gentle warmth. Beautifully done!

November 6, 2013 - 5:09 am

pamela joye - i never thought of it that way & you’re right. this side of dark has a lot of hope & anticipation in it. personally i love that little bit of light on his hair as it is a signal of everything you wrote about in a way. i love this picture & learning to love this time of year. i don’t tho like what’s on the other side of the dark to come.

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