#41 a play of light and shadow

The sun invited me for an afternoon walk today. It is noticeable how shadows on the snow are getting sharper and longer with the bright sunlight. Light and shadow – interconnected and interdependent opposites, bound together in an endless cycle. Where one ends the other begins.

I also liked the contrast between the young and thin, and old, darker and thicker birch trunks. The birch is my favourite Finnish tree because of its changing seasonal look, as opposed to the more common evergreens. We are really lucky in our country with about 60 % of the land area covered with forest and trees.

Birch trees, preferably by a lake or the sea, are an integral part of the landscape of my Finnish soul.

3 Responses to “#41 a play of light and shadow”

  1. February 11, 2010 at 03:39

    I love birches too, Sinikka, and have 3 growing in my front yard. Interesting themes in your post today – the age indicated by the tree trunks – the contrast between the young, white bark and the older rough, dark bark; the interplay between light and dark, sun and shadow, cold and hot; the difference between evergreens and deciduous trees – one is transparent in terms of seasonal change and the other constant. Although it’s lovely to always see the green, the deciduous trees mirror our own experiences with changes in life and the rhythms instrinsic to it.

  2. February 11, 2010 at 06:47

    I went on a cruise five years ago and we had one day in Helsinki. I was struck by how similar the forest there was to the forest here in Quebec. A folk song I learned as a child was “Land of the Silver Birch” And the birch here were used by the native peoples to make canoes. Interesting how the things that grow around us become a part of who we are.

  3. February 11, 2010 at 19:49

    Tania, you are so eloquent, I really enjoy reading your comments! I really like your comparison of deciduous trees to changes and rhythms in life – very apt! I am so surprised, though, that you would have birches in Australia. I never knew that! I’m learning so much through this photo project and all the conversations.

    Susan, interesting that you’ve actually been to Finland! I’ve never been to Canada but I have friends who’ve spent most of their adult life there before returning to Finland. They say that indeed there are many similarities in the scenery and climate of our two countries. I will have to look up that folk song, thank you for mentioning it!

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