Without a Map


She looked down on the pristine white expanse. No footprints marred its crystalline surface, shouting “follow me”.  No path led onward, providing direction. There were no signposts, with arrows conveniently pointing the way.

She had no map, no experience. Only a desire to explore, to see what lay ahead.

She took a deep breath. The cold air bit into her lungs. Her warm breath expelled in tiny white clouds. Fat snowflakes danced.

All was quiet, the sounds of the world snow-muffled. All except the beating of her heart.

Up ahead, she thought she saw a place to rest; a traveler’s respite. She pointed her feet in that direction.

… and took the first step.


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Posted on January 9, 2012, in Inspiration and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Just gorgeous…such a beautiful photo. Nice and quiet, still, and coooold. I love the angle too.

  2. Absolutely beautiful, both image and words!

  3. Those words are so fluid and beautiful. Glorious photo – expertly taken.

  4. Wonderful story for your beautiful image! I love the composition and textures — just perfect!

  5. A beautiful composition, Brenda, both the image and the story. That’s a story I’ll bet a lot of us can personally relate to. I know I can.

  6. Beautiful image, and such wonderful words Brenda!

    Thank you so very much for sharing with us today at The Creative Exchange.

    Have a wonderful day!


  7. Oh this is just FABULOUS! 🙂

  8. did you say you’re going to let someone else write words for your images? Are you sure? These words are wonderful, but even more so is the image with the incredible use of negative space. Nice one my friend!!

    • Oh well – when you read Lisa’s fables you won’t wonder why! Thanks for the lovely compliment on this image – I am trying to think more about negative space this year and experimenting with different framing and composition than my usual – not always with success.

  9. Love this image, great use of negative space (something I’m working on too!) and I just wanted to reach out and touch the cold, crisp snow. Love your evocative words too.

  10. Ahhhh, untracked snow. So inspiring in so many ways. Lovely.

  11. I love your negative space as much as I love your geometry.

  12. Gorgeous example of negative space and I too love your words. Also, lie the idea of having no map, just a desire to explore.

  13. Beautiful and inspiring. And – you have snow!!! Lucky..lucky you!! Love how you framed the image – just enough to keep the viewer questioning.

  14. Wonderful bold graphic design! Love the simplicity of this piece!

  15. I love the composition, how the unmarked snow sits like an invitation. Scary to step out? Yes, but worth it. Beautiful!

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