I do not know what words to speak, even silently, on a still day like this.
White sky, white roofs, like a held breath, a waiting, a sleeping.
The snow is soft and silent over the earth. If only it were a healing blanket on the planet. What if, beneath it, the earth's bones, flesh and blood reknit every winter, mending what we have harmed?
How peacefully we could then rest in winter, imagining the lands and waters being slowly restored to health.
Until learning about global warming, I had no thought at all that the glaciers at the poles were necessary for life on earth, that they hold within the depths of their ice-blue hearts the great powers of winter to cool the temperature of our entire planet.
We often see snow and cold as harmful, even deadly—antithetical to life. Not as a life-giving shield of protection to our planet and all living things. But now we see how lacking in understanding we have been, and that it is at least as much Protector as Destroyer.
If only the realm of the Snow Queen could be revived in the far north and the far south once again, and the healing could begin.
If only healing could ever happen as quickly and easily as harming.
I am lonely for that time, too. Even while realizing that I may have never even lived in such a time.
The stars, if my eyes could see them, might ease this loneliness, for a little while. They, thankfully, are too far away for us to have harmed, at least thus far.
The Nature 365 video journal above was filmed in far northern Minnesota by wildlife photographer and filmmaker Jim Brandenburg, and directed by Laurent Joffrion. Subscribe to view these glorious short earth films every day of 2017.