Light, returning

The aria of light returning

Is beautiful music indeed.

Light returning

The windows of my soul I throw
Wide open to the sun.
~John Greenleaf Whittier

For more music, please visit: Skywatch.


Swan Lake – the frozen version

A while back – before the ice melted on the lake –

Stormy pink clouds attracted my attention.



Among the reflected clouds,

I saw a feathered group of swans,

Enjoying the dawn.

Iced swans

They remained there for a long time,

As if frozen to the ice.

Later on, they were gone

And only their memory – along with the clouds –


Iced clouds

For more n-ice shots, please visit: Skywatch.


Silver spring

Last week, spring was in full bloom

With no ice on the lake

And swimming dogs in the sunset.


Today, it’s the spring equinox

And we celebrate with a silver dawn

And lots of snow.

Silver morning copy

The swans formed a heart

That seemed to be saying:

Don’t complain – just enjoy!

Grey geese

For more silver skies, please visit: Skywatch.

Stopping for skies

Last summer in England was a good one for skies.

I made my sister drive me up to the Downs

Where I got a gorgeous view of Lancing College –

And the sea melting into the horizon and becoming sky.


I also made her stop in a lay-by as I was fascinated

By the bright blue of the rain-washed sky

In contrast to the soft gold of the sheep-dotted hills.

Blue sky

And finally, this sky stopped me –

Dramatic, moody and beautiful

(Not unlike a lot of us)!

Drama copy

I’m away in England and might not get round to visiting you all.

For more great-looking skies, please visit: Skywatch.

Pink martini

Pour me a pink martini

Out of the sky;

Pink horizon

Let my eyes get drunk

On the beauty –

Pink moon

Or serve up the moon

On ice instead.

Lake view

For more heady skies, please visit: Skywatch.

Enjoying the blues

My favourite sky is the intense blue of winter

Crisscrossed with ice contrails.

(This photo was taken last winter.)


This year winter has been too mild (in comparison)

And so we’ve had to enjoy the misty blues of winter fog

Shrouding a Viking church.

Whichever way you look at it, it’s all good.

Blue mist

For more blue skies, please visit: Skywatch.

Romancing the snow

Find a big sky and a frozen lake,


Get a couple of chairs, some friends

And a view –


Then sit back and enjoy the romance,

The company and the pink-tinged sunset.

Friends copy

For more romance, please visit: Skywatch.

The no sky sky

It’s been a mild winter

With skies of silver and grey.

No sky

The outlook from where I’m standing though

Is all good.

“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just weather.” — Pema Chodron

Ruby attention

For more silver skies, please visit: Skywatch.

Golden views

All bundled up for a wintry walk.

The sighing of the setting sun

Paints the trees with gold.

Golden copy

A lone skater – on thin ice – whizzes by,

Lone skater

His singing skates echoed

By the honking farewells of the last swans of winter.


For more golden thoughts, please visit: Skywatch.

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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Grey matters

Sometimes winter wants to rest

– Not in a burst of colours –

But in silken tones of pearl.

Foggy dawn copy

There is a subdued beauty

In the grey –

Foggy dawn 3 copy

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

Foggy dawn 2

For more tones, please visit: Skywatch.

Branching out

November grey

Turns to a delightful pink;

Early morning copy

Branches showing the way

Pink 2

To an upside-down

Pink abstract dawn.

Branches copy

For more colourful skies, please visit: Skywatch.

Raspberry ripple

The bare bones of winter

Bow (or should that be bough?) down

When dawn comes dancing in.

Wishing you all a tree-mendous weekend!

Morning tree copy

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Blueberry swirl

Lilac dawn, cold fingers –

Boats rest

As the sky offers a gift.

Dawn 3 copy

For more delicious skies, please visit: Skywatch.

A gift

The moon

Nestled in the lilac velvet of a sunrise

Is a gift to be enjoyed greedily

Purple sky

As the rising sun

Casts its glorious rays

Lighting up leaves like torches

Autumn moon copy

And the moon – sinking rapidly –

Throws back the sunbeams

On the silken waters.

Moon wide shot

For more sky stories, please visit: Skywatch.


When dawn breaks

In a purple swirl


And the promise of

A beautiful day –

Cloudy dawn

Then the best thing to do

Is say thank you

And dive right into the present.

Jump Oscar cloud

For more gifts, please visit: Skywatch.

And for more animals, visit: Camera Critters.

Misty morn

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.)

Misty morn copy

For more mist-ical shots, please visit: Skywatch.

Reflecting clouds

The nights are drawing in,

So Oscar and I made some time to enjoy

The calm of a beautiful evening,

Oscar sunset

Making sure we studied the clouds

From several different angles and jetties.

Oscar jetty

A bird flew by,

The clouds kissed the water,

Serenity and silence settled in for the night.


For more clouds and sun, please visit: Skywatch.

And for more handsome creatures, go to:  Camera Critters.

Clear light

There is beauty there

In that ribbon of clear light

After the storm.

Clear light 2

And, of course, there’s always

Swimming for Oscar!

Clear light sunset copy

For more lit up skies, please visit: Skywatch.

And Camera Critters.

The peaceful dawn

The sun rises early in the summer…

But it’s the loveliest time of the day

With just the peace of still waters,

A bird skimming over the sea

Dawn at cottage

And the sun calling out our name.

(Pictures taken at the little cottage by the sea on my mobile phone.)

Dawn - sun

For more peace, please visit: Skywatch.

England with a side order of clouds

A BIG thank  you to everyone for your comments on my posts while I was away.

Here are some big cloudy Sussex skies…

Clouds are a great topping for everything:

For hot horses in a field,


For my sister, the archer,


For bringing rain to the soft emerald hills

Flower field

And for thatched cottages

Nestled in cozy valleys.

Sussex skies

For more sky toppings, please visit: Skywatch.

Rainbow joy

If you follow a double rainbow to the very end –


You might be lucky enough to find that pot of gold!


I’m still away in England. Back next week!

For more golden moments, please visit: Skywatch.

Blue sky joy

We’re still at the charming cottage with the garden sloping down to the sea

And a private jetty inviting us to swim.

Swim 1

Each morning starts with a jump of joy

Under the blue jay skies of summer.

The day rushes by quickly when you’re having fun in the water.


(I only have a slow Internet connection so won’t be around much to visit you. Hope you’ll understand why!)

For more joy, please visit: Skywatch.

Summer stillness


That perfection of long summer evenings

And mosquito bites

AB 2 and Oscar

When it never really gets dark

And there is plenty of time

For skimming stones,


For gazing

At the deepening colours in the sky

AB 2 sunset

And for enjoying the still reflection

Of clouds in the water

And peace in the heart.

Clouds in water

For more summer peace, please visit: Skywatch.


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