Personal Photojournal Entry in Snow: Thawing up to 2015

I spent the final days of 2014 in a quaint hideaway nestled in the Swiss Alps without internet and any human contact except for my darling husband who packed his gaming console (just in case of an avalanche). Okay, let’s boil that down to no human contact.

Fresh snow

I experienced the first snow of this winter season. It’s late but not sorry, with about 30 cms falling overnight. The quiet that descends upon the land after a heavy snowfall is riveting. I especially and exclusively like the snow up in the mountains. It adds to the natural beauty of the landscape and doesn’t get in the way of ordinary life like it does in the city. I have found myself cursing it too many times, either because I am under-dressed to meet it or I am just not of this climate and sadly for me it’s usually both. But I will gladly admit that it is my preferred form of precipitation. Monsoons are awe-inspiring and I have loved them all my life but a snowfall is so serene and seemingly subtle. Something magical to me.

Markedly beautiful
Markedly beautiful

The silhouettes of the mountainsides stand starkly in the moonlight, that shadows most of the Milky Way but does not seem to stifle the burst from the human hearts littered across the landscape; tiny galaxies of warmth and wonder in their own right. I see from my vantage a vista of possibilities and choices.

Late night vision under the moonlight
Late night vision under the moonlight

The New arrived with bangs that echoed across valleys; burst forth from pressurised packaging to light up the present momentarily; as a metaphor on our times – evasive but coloured by hope and happiness.

Firework over the valley
Firework over the valley

I was better prepared for 2015 in 2014 I suppose. I am here on the first Monday of the year (which doesn’t mean anything if you’re living in an Islamic nation) just worried. There is no other word. 2015 has started and we are 5 days in. Or should I be say we have 360 to go? When I went through my blog report that the kind people at WordPress had created, for me and for you, on a generic layout with personalised information; making all of us siblings in one grand gesture of comity- I realize that 360 is actually not a great number at all. Is that enough time to do all I want to do this year? And that, ladies and gentlemen, brought me to the most crucial question of all: What DO I want to do this year?

The seven days of type-less pondering to reconnect with my Inner Voice. What do I have to show for it: a new face? A fresh start? 

At times the haze is of little consequence

I am humbled by my ineptitude to grasp all my attitudes in less than a fortnight. The cloud has settled low again.

And then it can block out the warmth

I am thankfully not drawing a blank or a frown on all fronts. I have signed up for Blogging 101 and my Poetry course starts next week. I have not yet been to as far as serious things go.

I do, however, foresee a series of posts wherein I try to tease out my real needs.

In this way maybe my words will finally begin to soothe me, with their seemingly subtle ways. Like Magic; not unlike the first snow. To bring to light the hidden colours.

2015 brings with it many possibilities. At this moment I don’t have a specific goal to reach. That is a first in my life. I can’t remember a time when I started a year not knowing what I must accomplish by its end. This is new and it's scary.

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  1. Wow! Such a lovely post to start the new year – fresh and magical like the exquisite photos you share like ‘hope’…what colours! Instead of a goal or goals or resolutions, why not choose a word to mark your year as a theme or focus. Read here for more info: … enjoy and may 2015 be as magical and beautiful as your trip in the Swiss Alps! 🙂 ❤


  2. These are very beautiful photos. There really is a serenity in freshly fallen snow that quiets the earth. And it is much less appealing in the city, when traffic just turns it all dirty and slushy.

    I laughed when I read about your husband and the gaming system; essentially leaving you alone even though he is physically present. That happens to me all of the time.

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  3. Wow !! Some pretty amazing photos ! 🙂 You truly had an amazing ending of 2014 and surely a brilliant beginning of 2015 !! 🙂 May this year be even more special and astounding than the previous one ! 🙂 xx


  4. Welcome back Sam and thanks for sharing your absolutely beautiful photos of the Swiss Alps it must have been an amazing experience up in the mountains without any outside contact! I would love to do that in theory but am not sure how I’d go in practice! Very best wishes for 2015 and hope you have a wonderful year whatever direction you go in! Very best wishes Rosemary 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Rosemary! It’s good to be back. It was wonderful being up in the mountains but I don’t know if I could do it permanently. It’s too remote for me. 🙂 My best wishes to you too for a happy and successful new year. I hope your life is filled with joy…

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      1. Yes I can understand it would be hard to live up the mountains on a permanent basis Sam – it would get very isolated in the winter months especially! Still a lovely place for a few days retreat 🙂 Best wishes to you also for a peaceful and happy 2015! 🙂

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    1. I want to say exciting but not really at the moment. I am still anxious. I need to make peace with some life choices I am making and then I will be excited. 🙂 I am glad to be back. So happy to see your comment! Thank you.

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