A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Chilled

Framed Nature Photograph by Melissa Fague from PI Photography and Fine Art - Delaware Photographer

Bleak Winter Created by: Melissa Fague – Nature Photography

This past winter we had one of the worst seasons in our area for snow in a long time, but I was determined to go out and shoot regardless of the weather. When I saw this scene with the stray leaf in the snow of the empty hiking trail with the mounds of snow and more falling  I was reminded of the first verse of “In The Bleak Midwinter” poem by Christina Rossetti.

In The Bleak Midwinter

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Enough for Him, whom cherubim, worship night and day,
Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels fall before,
The ox and ass and camel which adore.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.

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