100 Words #412 - What Do You See?

"I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again."  --Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass. 

Snow Shovel

The snow has been extra loving to the trees and fields these last two weeks. This quote (lovely, isn't it?) is a reminder of the many flavors of mood one can lay over the simple events of life. Last week we saw Emerson's take on snow - cathedral, majestic, harsh, and impressive. Here, from Carroll, an animate and gentle thing. 

Have you ever ever tried to write one topic from multiple angles? It's good exercise.

Years ago I took a class with a photographer who had spent an entire year taking photographs only in his own small backyard. After classical training and years as a landscape photographer, he came across a photo series by a Tibetan Buddhist teacher that stopped his mind. They were simple, zen-like, but incredibly potent, and he was utterly baffled by them. What was the technique? He sought out the Buddhist teacher to find out and after many teachings realized it was the difference between setting up the shot according to all the rules, and simply experiencing sight and awareness before filters. He hadn't learned to see before he learned to frame.  

Writing is a form of seeing, and we can learn much about the craft by getting out of our own way through the practice of returning again and again to the same spot with fresh eyes. 

Try it sometime, and tell me about it. 

You could even try it with this week's #100words prompt (winky face): 

Writing Prompt