images of the crossing over

Winter 2010

The largest snowfall we’ve had in years left the temple courtyards covered in late December. In America, I’ve never seen anyone use an umbrella in snowy weather, but in Korea they’re par for the course.

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9 responses

  1. Very beautiful.

    And, yes, we Americans would never use a bumbershoot during a snowfall. Who knows why?

    February 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm

  2. I love the contrast between this shot and the next in terms of what they do to my expectations of life in a Korean Zen temple. If you ever do a wall calendar for your patrons, I hope you’d include both kinds of shots.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm

  3. Thanks, Barry and Dave.

    Contrast and belying–or defying–expectations are part of what’s fun about these pictures for me, too. If anything ever does get put out–calendars, mug cozies, mouse pads, the usual kitsch–don’t worry: contrast will be part of it.

    February 8, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    • Well, I take that back about Americans never using umbrellas in the snow. Yesterday I read a post by my friend Jill about walking in a North Cascades snowfall with an umbrella. Charming post:
      http://pacificnwseasons.blogspot.com/2011/02/northwest-winter-hikes-twin-falls-and.html

      February 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      • Leslee reported umbrella-usage, too; I’m beginning to suspect it’s a regional thing.

        By the way, what an amazing blog your friend is running! My sister lived out in Portland for awhile and spent tons of time outdoors. I’ve forwarded the address on, great photos, great adventures.

        February 10, 2011 at 3:41 am

  4. Funny, I see umbrellas being used in snow where I live and in Boston quite a bit. But there are many Asians in my neighborhood, and others seem to be picking it up as well. Anyway, beautiful shot!

    February 9, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    • Leslee, good to “see” you again!

      Thanks. Maybe it’s a wet snow vs. dry snow thing: in Colorado, where I’m from, we don’t get heavy, soaking snows. The snows, even when big, tend to be dry. They brush off of clothing and cars easily, without causing dampness. But the East Coast, I noticed when I lived there, is damp, humid, and the snow clings and soaks in, taking its cold to your bones while it takes the damp to your skin. Korean snow doesn’t really seem to warrant the umbrellas…but maybe that’s an all-weather habit. Korean women also use parasols to shield themselves from the sun, so there we have it.

      February 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm

  5. Bill Young

    This photo is perhaps my favoirite of your group. It captures the solitude of winter, and adds whimsy with an umbrella and curiosity about where the person might be going. Very nice!.

    February 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    • Thanks. It was taken in a hurry, so I was surprised that the composition and exposure (specifically shutter speed; I wanted to catch the flakes individually, but the light wasn’t terribly strong) turned out as well as they did.

      As for whimsy, would it ruin things to tell you she’s probably heading to either a walk-in refrigerator, or the bathrooms?

      February 13, 2011 at 10:27 am

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