Sometimes winter wants to rest
– Not in a burst of colours –
But in silken tones of pearl.
There is a subdued beauty
In the grey –
And, just as in life, the grey
Contains a promise of light and colour.
“It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart.” — Bulwer-Lytton
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In nature – as in photography – even the smallest details
Can be a great subject.
Take the simple raindrop
As it adorns late autumn plants,
Into tiny cups of water
And see how it frames and enhances
A lilac-petalled beauty.
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Visit the beautiful I heart macro too.
If I had needle and golden thread
I’d weave you a glorious tapestry
And colour at dawn.
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November is here with its greyer weather,
So indulge me as I soak up the last vivid colours of autumn –
Doubly delicious when reflected.
I store up these views in my mind
And bring them out when winter seems a bit bleak.
Even as the leaves fade and fall
They still manage to create autumn bliss.
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Comes wrapped in misty mornings –
And shades of pink.
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Last weekend dawned glorious and mild.
The autumn leaves lay heaped up and knee-deep…
Who could resist their invitation to dive in and take a leaf bath?
The kids couldn’t…
And neither could I!
My daughter caught me dancing with leaves.
Meanwhile, Oscar enjoyed the autumn sunshine
In a more dignified manner.
For more autumn (or spring) fun, please visit: Our World Tuesday.
An early sunrise –
Blushing with fog;
The blank canvas of dawn
A perfect backdrop for a lone duck.
Remind us that we are all just
Eternal travellers in time.
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I reached for a star …
But missed –
So I’ll just have to make do
With the magnificence
Of the sky instead.
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What better way to serenade
The late September sky of
Purple and gold
Than with a jump
Of joy –
Followed by a long moment
Enjoying the golden ripples
Of the reflected sun?
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And for more amazing creatures, please go to: Camera Critters.
Come hang with me for a bit on a gorgeous August day…
Let’s go down to the lake – I like to think of it as ‘my backyard’ –
And enjoy the scenery for a while;
Let’s drink in the perfect reflections
Of summer’s fluffy clouds.
As we walk past people’s gardens,
We might discover a bee-autiful surprise.
Then it’s time to dash inside and
Enjoy a summer shower with a butterfly for company.
When it clears up, we can release the butterfly
And our souls
As we sit on a bench to enjoy
A truly magnificent sunset.
For more guided walks, please visit: Our World.
Like the soft stars of late summer
Take flight when autumn comes.
I find a feather next to the thistles,
A keepsake from the geese
Honking in the distance.
Ready to say farewell and welcome in a new season.
For more downy beauty, please visit: Our World.
I love the light at this time of year.
It turns the ordinary into wonder –
Take the stem of a flower, for example.
Early morning flowers
Are turned into works of art
And dewy petals
For more exquisite shots, please visit: Our World Tuesday.
Also linking up to the lovely I heart macro.
September is a time
Of deliciously foggy mornings
And of sepia dawns
With a splash of colour.
(The photo is straight out of the camera.)
For more mist-ical shots, please visit: Skywatch.
Sometimes an ordinary evening
Can be transformed by rays
Breaking through the clouds
And a magical light
Spreading across the horizon.
I guess the same thing could be said for life.
(I’m away in England again for a wedding, so won’t be able to visit you. But thank you for visiting me!)
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Isn’t it utterly delicious
When it rains?
When you want to burst out into song
And warble, “Raindrops on roses …”
At the top of your voice?
When the drops turn
Crepe-paper thin petals
And when petals
Blossom into beautiful hearts?
For more rainy melodies, please visit: Our World.
Creeping out at the crack of dawn
In my dressing gown…
Leaves me speechless
When I see the painted swirl
Of the dawn sky.
I gaze in wonder for a long time
And take in a deep breath
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I’m still away in England, so thought it was appropriate to show you some of the sights that make me sigh.
Cream tea in a lush, green garden
And thatched cottages from a bygone era.
My sister lives in a quaint old village
With lanes full of houses dating back
To Shakespeare’s time.
And last but not least, how I love
The rolling golden countryside
Of the South Downs!
For more charming places, please visit: Our World.
I’m still away so won’t be able to visit. Back very soon!
Choose a golden ray –
Melt into the air
And float away
Like a balloon riding on a sunbeam.
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(It’s just the anklebiters, the dog and myself on a private island for a few days, so I may be a bit late in visiting you all.)
I love the way you can hold
The summer light in your hands
And pour it over
Wild fields of clover.
The light gives a perfect auburn background
For a lone flower in the sunset.
It caresses a tree trunk
With liquid honey
That spreads out to catch
The glow of a single shining strand
This is peace. This is love. This is Nature.
For more de-light-full posts, please visit: Our World Tuesday.
Orchids! Don’t you love them?
They are flowers, but so much more.
These are known as Moth Orchids (Phalaenopsis) –
Although I think
They look more like purple-veined hummingbirds
Looking for honey than flying moths.
Up against the blue sky,
They regain their luminous wings of petals…
But, if you lean in and take an intimate look,
You might be lucky enough to see the face of a fairy.
For more winged stories, please visit: Our World.
I’m out and about at a charming summer cottage by the sea this week, so may be a bit late in getting around to visit you all.
I love the early mornings
And the dew
That transforms ordinary leaves
Into something extraordinary –
Into a bejewelled world
Of dancing rainbows,
Reminding me of one of my favourite quotations:
Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf. — Tagore
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The longest day (and shortest night)
Threw the sun against
The golden bowl of the sky
And wrapped up the lake
In ribbons of cloud.
Gone half past ten at night
And still light.
An infinity of reflected beauty.
For more golden poems, please visit: Skywatch.
It’s hard to get sunset or sunrise shots at the moment with only three hours of night.
But a couple of days ago, as I was falling into a deep sleep at ten in the evening,
A loud hissing filled the bedroom. I ignored it.
Another loud hissing.
So I dashed outside to catch the second balloon on the horizon.
It hung there in stillness
Before swooping down and disappearing.
All that was left
Was the delicious pink swirl
Of another gloriously light summer evening.
For more stories – with or without hot air – please visit: Skywatch.