Feathered hope

An early golden sunset;

Birds flying off into the horizon; echoes of their flight left on the water.

For some reason, this simple scene

Filled me with hope for the future

And peace in the present.

‘Hope is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul.’
– Emily Dickinson
Winter sunset
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77 responses

  1. Lovely scene and words, Lady Fi! Beautiful post. Wishing you all the best in 2014, Happy New year!

    December 26, 2013 at 13:58

  2. magic! LG,Alois.

    December 26, 2013 at 14:00

  3. Perfect post. I love your “…echoes of their flight left on the water…” and the Emily Dickinson quote. And of course your photograph is wonderful and peaceful and hopeful.

    December 26, 2013 at 14:01

  4. Hello Lady Fi!
    Beautiful photo …
    Sado birds and reflection in the water is what I really like.
    Greetings from far away Polish.
    Lucia

    December 26, 2013 at 14:01

  5. A vision of serenity.

    December 26, 2013 at 14:08

  6. Bob

    A beautiful sunset Fi.

    December 26, 2013 at 14:22

  7. Absolutely Gorgeous!

    December 26, 2013 at 15:03

  8. It is very beautiful!

    December 26, 2013 at 15:07

  9. I like the Emily Dickinson quote and used it recently in my Purple Passages post in November. Thank you for the beautiful photographs. You are very talented, Lady Fi.

    December 26, 2013 at 15:13

    • Wonderful, magic light, love this. Water makes me calm. Water and sun is even better:-)

      December 26, 2013 at 18:53

  10. What a great capture and a pretty picture!

    December 26, 2013 at 15:45

  11. Don

    Beautiful words by Emily Dickinson. I can see and feel the hope in the image. Magnificent!

    December 26, 2013 at 16:01

  12. just loveliness.

    December 26, 2013 at 16:01

  13. Hopeful and beautiful.

    December 26, 2013 at 16:28

  14. Gorgeous photo and lovely words to go with it!

    December 26, 2013 at 16:57

  15. I can only repeat what others have written!! A gorgeous capture, breathtaking skies and the perfect words to match!! Enjoy and have a glorious and Happy New Year, Fiona!!

    Sylvia

    December 26, 2013 at 17:00

  16. Wonderful. The sun has been invisible here this Christmas… Hiding behind dark rain clouds!

    December 26, 2013 at 17:14

  17. Beautiful!

    December 26, 2013 at 17:29

  18. This is indeed so peaceful. I love the tree silhouettes against the horizon and the birds in the sky. Yes, this capture is full of promises and of good things to come. I can feel it too! I love that particular quotation by Emily Dickingson.

    December 26, 2013 at 17:55

  19. Pure beauty right there. Wow.

    December 26, 2013 at 18:36

  20. My heart always lifts higher when I visit you, Lady Fi. Xx

    December 26, 2013 at 18:47

  21. Really lovely…

    December 26, 2013 at 18:52

  22. Beautiful, peaceful and tranquil! A wonderful image!

    December 26, 2013 at 18:53

  23. def a peaceful scene…as long and the sun keeps moving there will always be hope….

    December 26, 2013 at 19:04

  24. The beauty you share in your images and words always warm my heart and make me feel “hope”. Thank you, Fiona! And happy holidays to you and your beautiful family!

    December 26, 2013 at 19:41

  25. And I sure appreciate you sharing the hope, LadyFi. Thanks for the photographic gold.

    December 26, 2013 at 19:43

  26. Peace, and incredible beauty. Thank you.

    December 26, 2013 at 19:53

  27. So beautiful!

    December 26, 2013 at 21:31

  28. Lovely Picture!
    I Heard a lot of Swans or geese flying above our house today. But it was so misty so I could´nt see them….

    December 26, 2013 at 21:48

  29. …Happy New Year! :)

    December 26, 2013 at 22:45

  30. So beautiful and peaceful! :)

    December 26, 2013 at 22:52

  31. A stunningly serene scene Lady Fi. Once again, thank you for the joy your photography brings. May 2014 be all that you hope for + more!

    December 26, 2013 at 22:53

  32. Stunning photo. Something about reflections in water really makes me smile

    December 26, 2013 at 23:54

  33. Hi! It7S a very peaceful capture. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. THanks for sharing.

    December 27, 2013 at 01:06

  34. So wonderfully serene.

    December 27, 2013 at 02:47

  35. Truly hopeful and also so beautiful! A dreamlike scenery!

    December 27, 2013 at 02:55

  36. Beautiful sky and great words. :D

    December 27, 2013 at 03:39

  37. So lovely, wise and NEEDED! Thanks :-)

    http://evil-pop-tart.blogspot.com/2013/12/having-memorable-hissy-fit.html

    December 27, 2013 at 04:20

  38. onceupona

    Beautiful colors but you’ve always got beautiful photographs to share. Thanks! – Danette

    December 27, 2013 at 05:51

  39. Exquisite.

    December 27, 2013 at 06:12

  40. Beautiful! We were visited by a huge flock of birds today, looked like thousands! They were going somewhere and only paused here briefly.

    December 27, 2013 at 06:14

  41. Elegant!

    December 27, 2013 at 07:04

  42. Beautiful sunset photo, nice colors and reflections

    December 27, 2013 at 08:13

  43. Stunning photography.

    December 27, 2013 at 08:16

  44. Great sunset reflection!
    Have a nice day!

    December 27, 2013 at 09:05

  45. That is exquisite.

    December 27, 2013 at 10:26

  46. Wonderful moody shot, LadyFi.
    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

    December 27, 2013 at 11:16

  47. No doubt your photos look more beautiful life is!

    December 27, 2013 at 12:34

  48. There’s something special about the sight of the blue sky shading to gold…

    December 27, 2013 at 13:01

  49. Lea

    A beautiful scene
    Very peaceful
    Have a wonderful week-end!
    Lea

    December 27, 2013 at 13:16

  50. Beautiful sunset with its refection in the water. All the lakes and ponds are frozen over solid here until spring.

    December 27, 2013 at 14:59

  51. I very much like the silhouette and colours here!

    December 27, 2013 at 15:11

  52. a peaceful and tranquil scene

    December 27, 2013 at 16:24

  53. Oh how exquisite!! Wishing you a very happy New Year:-)

    December 27, 2013 at 16:26

  54. Glorious view.

    December 27, 2013 at 18:55

  55. Very peaceful and beautiful.

    December 27, 2013 at 19:02

  56. A wonderful hopeful shot! Well done! :)

    December 27, 2013 at 19:29

  57. lol, the birds sits perfectly on the golden sky. :)

    December 27, 2013 at 23:30

  58. Hope for the future is good indeed LadyFi :-)

    December 28, 2013 at 00:16

  59. thesmittenimage

    You have the most beautiful skies over that water. Gorgeous shot.

    December 28, 2013 at 03:14

  60. It’s one of life’s mysteries that just looking at a gorgeous scene like that can fill us with hope. Thank you for sharing it!

    December 28, 2013 at 04:29

  61. An absolute joy in your pictures and words! What a delight, wish you a wonderful new year!

    December 28, 2013 at 09:35

  62. Wonderful photo, as always!
    Wish you a nice week-end!

    December 28, 2013 at 17:20

  63. Lovely and serene scene! The silhouetted trees, pier and flock of birds adds considerable interest to the shot. The calm water surface adds to the tranquility of the moment. Kudos!

    December 29, 2013 at 01:18

  64. Stunning silhouette my friend…this is just beautiful. Wishing you a very happy new years.

    December 29, 2013 at 03:27

  65. RedWillow

    How very very peaceful … Happy New Year to you as well.

    December 29, 2013 at 04:39

  66. it has got a great mood :)

    December 29, 2013 at 06:03

  67. Love! Tranquil beauty.

    December 29, 2013 at 06:12

  68. oh un vol d’oiseaux….

    December 29, 2013 at 08:46

  69. That’s one of my favorite bits of poetry. Beautiful photo.

    December 29, 2013 at 13:04

  70. Rahul

    Beautiful indeed! Wishing you a great New Year, Lady Fi!

    December 30, 2013 at 04:43

  71. I love that quote by Emily. Your photo is magical! :)

    December 30, 2013 at 07:04

  72. lovely snap!

    December 30, 2013 at 07:58

  73. For once your photo doesn’t emphasize how far apart we are – sunsets, reflections, birds – and hope! Happy New Year, my friend!

    December 30, 2013 at 11:44

  74. Wow..this is just so beautiful! Happy New Year, Lady Fi!

    December 31, 2013 at 16:56

  75. Catching up …just commented on your previous post that I hoped your colors returned soon. Looks as if they did! Happy New Year!

    January 3, 2014 at 04:09

  76. Superb photos!

    January 25, 2014 at 10:21

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