Capsule is a series featuring the writing of Robert Gibbons
An Oak Tree in Winter
[William Henry Fox Talbot (British, 1800-1877), ca. 1843
Salt print, 7 5/8 x 6 9/16 in.; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles]
The Sound of Weather Breaking
Three oak leaves visible from the front porch hung on all winter. Across the way, another mammoth tree, seemingly bare, details the blank white sky behind it. Weather here has finally broken, allowing me to sit outside on the Adirondack rocker, instead of at my post at the backroom library table Jean Fields gave me when moving to a smaller apartment. Originally from an old building in New Haven, it invites writing. In the distance now I hear the freight train crossing the main drag heading north. Closer, birds singing praises of the day. I’m in love with shadows almost as much as the light. Wind chime shadow swinging silently against white clapboards.