Kent 03 by Yospyn
As much as we try to fight it every year, winter has finally settled in upon us. The days of patio dining and trips to the shore are over, replaced by more home cooked meals and vacations to warm destinations. The time has come when we must find where we stored our winter hats, heavy coats, and the mental strength to make it through to spring. I don’t know about you, but my mind switches gears when it realizes that there are months of dismal weather to come. The world slows down, giving me time to reflect, rejuvenate, and renew.
The photo above by local photographer, Joshua Yospyn, depicts a man who has been through many winters of reflection. You can see the accrued wisdom in his eyes and peace in his soul. The dark shades of his coat, hat, and umbrella accentuate the intense color of his eyes, the ghostly paleness of his skin, and the frosty red tip of his nose. What appears to be a window reflection in the lower right is an enigma according to the photographer – he has no idea what it is or how it got there. This leads me to wonder, does Old Man Winter actually exist or is he an apparition? I’ll ponder that as I sip on an Irish coffee under the comfort of my warm blanket. Wake me up when the cherry blossoms start blooming.