The aria of light returning
Is beautiful music indeed.
The windows of my soul I throw
Wide open to the sun.
~John Greenleaf Whittier
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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.
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 –
For more n-ice shots, please visit: Skywatch.
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.
The swans formed a heart
That seemed to be saying:
Don’t complain – just enjoy!
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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.
And finally, this sky stopped me –
Dramatic, moody and beautiful
(Not unlike a lot of us)!
I’m away in England and might not get round to visiting you all.
For more great-looking skies, please visit: Skywatch.
Pour me a pink martini
Out of the sky;
Let my eyes get drunk
On the beauty –
Or serve up the moon
On ice instead.
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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.
For more blue skies, please visit: Skywatch.
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.
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It’s been a mild winter
With skies of silver and grey.
The outlook from where I’m standing though
Is all good.
“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just weather.” — Pema Chodron
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All bundled up for a wintry walk.
The sighing of the setting sun
Paints the trees with gold.
A lone skater – on thin ice – whizzes by,
His singing skates echoed
By the honking farewells of the last swans of winter.
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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
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
For more tones, please visit: Skywatch.
Turns to a delightful pink;
Branches showing the way
To an upside-down
Pink abstract dawn.
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The bare bones of winter
Bow (or should that be bough?) down
When dawn comes dancing in.
Wishing you all a tree-mendous weekend!
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Lilac dawn, cold fingers –
As the sky offers a gift.
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Nestled in the lilac velvet of a sunrise
Is a gift to be enjoyed greedily
As the rising sun
Casts its glorious rays
Lighting up leaves like torches
And the moon – sinking rapidly –
Throws back the sunbeams
On the silken waters.
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When dawn breaks
In a purple swirl
And the promise of
A beautiful day –
Then the best thing to do
Is say thank you
And dive right into the present.
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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.)
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The nights are drawing in,
So Oscar and I made some time to enjoy
The calm of a beautiful evening,
Making sure we studied the clouds
From several different angles and jetties.
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.
There is beauty there
In that ribbon of clear light
After the storm.
And, of course, there’s always
Swimming for Oscar!
For more lit up skies, please visit: Skywatch.
And Camera Critters.
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
And the sun calling out our name.
(Pictures taken at the little cottage by the sea on my mobile phone.)
For more peace, please visit: Skywatch.
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
And for thatched cottages
Nestled in cozy valleys.
For more sky toppings, please visit: Skywatch.
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!
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We’re still at the charming cottage with the garden sloping down to the sea
And a private jetty inviting us to swim.
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!)
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That perfection of long summer evenings
And mosquito bites
When it never really gets dark
And there is plenty of time
For skimming stones,
At the deepening colours in the sky
And for enjoying the still reflection
Of clouds in the water
And peace in the heart.
For more summer peace, please visit: Skywatch.