Dancing Echoes

Beats Stumbling Around in Silence




Winter’s stillness
The only sound, my heartbeat
And the click of the shutter

In response to Jennifer Nicole Wells One Word Photo Challenge: Winter and
CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI: Carpe Diem Special #179 Tom D’Evelyn “The Held Breath: Sound and Silence in a Haiku”

Author: Dancing Echoes

I am a scientist by trade and artist by soul. My creative outlet used to be dancing but due to injuries and age, I must now find another path. I am hoping my writing, poetry and photography can be this new path. Awards: While I am grateful and honored for the numerous nominations, I don’t have time to respond to them with the attention they deserve, so for the most part, I am an award free blog. All photographs and words are mine unless otherwise credited. © 2015-2023 Dancing Echoes ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author/owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Christy Draper with appropriate and specific direction to the original content on Dancing Echoes.

27 thoughts on “Winter

  1. Gorgeous photograph! Beautiful words!

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  2. So stunning. Such picturesque beauty.

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  3. Thank you. Yellowstone again. It is hard to get a bad shot there.

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  4. I find myself coming back to this post, not only for the beauty in the rendering but also for the contrast: strength and vulnerability.

    Winter is the season of Bare, of being exposed to the elements in stark nakedness. It is, metaphorically speaking, the time during which we must stand strongest, while stripped of our protections.

    The way you describe the silence reminds me of the way trees stand flocked in December, quietly and uncomplainingly buffeted by winds and quilted in snow.

    To me, winter is a time for reflection, for introspection, for standing still in the cold air and finding peace, alone, there.

    I wish that for you, this season.

    On the heels of “Spring” this piece reads less like a denouement than a turning point…

    It is in autumn, I think, that we reach our resolutions. The trees let go their leaves so gracefully. It is a lesson we can all stand to learn. 🙂

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  5. Wow, thank you for your beautiful words.


  6. Hi Christy,

    I think I can hear both your heartbeat and the click of your shutter. Such a beautiful, powerful, breathtaking image, I gasp just looking at it 🙂


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  7. I absolutely love this! I have completely forgotten that seasons exists her in Thailand and I heard from back home that the first snow fell today. Can’t say I particularly miss it, but this hiaku definitely reminded me of the stillness of winter, regardless.

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  8. Thank you! I can’t believe the Twin Cities had there first snow before Halloween, yikes! Hope all is going well. I have some catching up to do on your posts.


  9. Just breathtaking, both the photo and the Haiku are a perfect match. Sublime. Xx

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  10. A breathless moment beautifully captured.


  11. Stillness, but the heartbeat and shutter….a picture within a picture! Love it! 🙂

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  12. This is the kind of haiku I really like, ultra-sharp, detailed, focusing on that tiny moment, or two, and using sound as well as imagery. A beauty.

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  13. A haiku moment from your own experience caught so well in the haiku and the photo … that “click of the shutter” must have been loud in that silent wintery forest … very nice …

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  14. Thank you. Yes, it was amazingly quiet. Surreal and spiritual. It would have been irreverent to make noise.


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