Thirty in Thirty, 2014: Brook Trout Dreams in Winter

Brook Trout Dreams in Winter - Copyright - Michaela Harlow - Brook Trout Dreams in Winter, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – 16″ x 16″, oil on panel


For an adult, I spend an inordinate amount of time staring into puddles. It’s a habit I developed as a kid, when I discovered the calm, comforting effect that water had upon my mood. I keep a reflective water bowl in my garden —at the threshold between secret oasis and area of parked car/tractor chaos— and I pause there every day on my way in and out of the studio. One of my great joys is the day the pickerel frog returns to his seasonal home there every  spring.

I wonder about the wild creatures in winter. How do they survive? Are the frogs stirring beneath the cold earth when January thaws? Where do the brook trout go when the surface glazes over? Do they sleep? Do they dream of summer and the warm glint of golden sunlight on their beautiful scales?

Brookie in the studio - copyright Michaela Harlow - Brook Trout Dreams in Winter


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  1. Jen January 12, 2014 at 6:55 pm #

    You’re on fire, woman! I can hear the water’s muffled, burble under the ice. Spring colors frozen away, out of our reach, waiting for the thaw and the sun.

  2. Michaela January 13, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

    I think it’s safe to say that I am pretty in love with it all. Really, don’t want to stop ever again!

  3. Jen January 14, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    Well, hallelujah!