Day 366: Something Beautiful—Light and Ice

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.

Year 2. As I begin a second year exploring beauty everyday, I have found myself obsessed with light. Little wonder. Cincinnati is known for its grey winters—short on bright and blue skies. But Cinci has no lock on human need for light and the seasonal deficit much of the world experiences as the earth cycles with the sun. Of course, many religious philosophies celebrate enlightment metaphorically during the winter season. Though I am the first to embrace the metaphor — in winter, I celebrate light mostly for that alone.

I literally feel the stealing of light from my winter months. My circadian rhythms are not to be dallied with. My energy plummets and that deficit creeps into my psychic crevices. I share as a small explanation for my fixation with all that is connected to light.

Today the weather has become the companion of my thirst for light. The temperature will drop again in another curtsy of this winter’s irratic dance. Therefore, I contemplate ice. Not initially a positive thought path. Instead a reminder of the small fortune I have invested in the Morton Salt Company and the pre-Christmas shoulder injury following   my “agony of defeat” fall on black ice while deicing the car windows.

Yes. I leave these bleak images behind for the beautiful mistake of nature captured after a recent storm by Ron Daniel of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The glassy casing capturing the last berries of fall and the light we lose at the beginning and end of our short winter days.

Photo by Ron Daniel.



About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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