Sunset

Picnic skies

Mid-July and the sun was setting somewhere around 10.30 pm:

Perfect for a late-night picnic on the pier.

Picnic 1

As with all our picnics where Oscar is involved,

We end up pretty wet — whether we’ve been swimming or not!

Picnic 2

Life is pretty good though:

Jump, enjoy life, repeat.

Picnic 3

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Making photos with our eyes

My ‘baby sis’ and I ended up on Brighton Pier one evening

While I was in England.

After a wonderful time with the kids at the amusement park,

We caught a spectacular sunset over the old West Pier.

West Pier

As we headed back to the car with the lights twinkling,

My daughter burst out, “I wish we could make photos with our eyes.”

Pier and light

Her Aunty Kata (my sister) had a brilliant reply:

“We can. They are called memories.”

Golden

(I’m away at a summer cottage here in Sweden until the weekend, so may not be able to visit you. But I do APPRECIATE all your comments!)

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Sunburst

The sunburst

Of a summer sunset;

Sunset relaxation

Long rays of sunlight

Lay flat on the sky

While clouds dance on golden lake –

Sunset 2

And, finally, liquid honey

Transforms a humble thistle

Into a magnificent creature of light.

Thistle copy

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Honey glow

I don’t seem to be able to get enough

Of our late evening honey glow!

Golden light

It pours like warm syrup

Over water and jetty.

Bonding

It bathes Oscar

As he enjoys the view;

Oscar

And dances on golden feet

Over the lovely clover.

(I lay down in a patch of nettles to take this photo!)

Clover copy

 

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Golden transformation

When golden insects

Dance in the air,

Golden dust

And the setting sun

Transforms people

And a bucket on the jetty

Into objects of beauty,

Golden glimpses

Then the best thing to do

Is lean back

And try to catch the magic

With your wand (or fishing rod).

Fishing copy

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Swan, bedazzled

Serene

On a carpet of burnished gold

Silhouette

Swims a swan

In the dancing light

Of a shimmering sunset.

Dazzling copy

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Golden glow

Sometimes

All you need to see

Is the fiery golden glow of a sunset

To realize how magnificent life really is.

Glowing sunset dog copy

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Dawn’s sigh

Early morning

Starts with a glow

Dawn glow

While ribbons of cloud

Sigh

Dawn's sigh

And sink into

Reflected beauty.

Ribbons copy

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Lavender skies

There is nothing as magnificent

As those big lavender and gold skies –

Big purple and gold sky copy

And the total joy

Of two dogs running through the purple:

Living as if someone left the gate open.

Purple sunset copy

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Red tornado

Swirls of strawberry and lilac

Swept across the December sky at sunset;

Tornado 2

And then transformed

Into a sizzling, red tornado:

A sky canvas brimming with possibility.

Red tornado copy

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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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Sky with a large helping of dog

To celebrate Oscar’s 11th birthday,

Oscar sunset

I’m showing some classic summer sunsets over our lake

Oscar -sunset copy

Decorated, of course, with an extra big helping

Of dog.

Oscar_jetty copy

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Hot pink

I reached for a star …

Oscar

But missed –

Clouds-pink

So I’ll just have to make do

With the magnificence

Of the sky instead.

Stunning pink copy

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Serenade

What better way to serenade

The late September sky of

Purple and gold

Lake

Than with a jump

Of joy –

Oscar-equinox-jump

Followed by a long moment

Enjoying the golden ripples

Of the reflected sun?

Ripples

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Dragon sky

The autumn equinox rushed in

Like a ragged brow across the sky;

Ragged brow

A dragon breathing fire clouds

Of orange and rain.

Dragon

The strange light in the sky

Pulled us up the hill

Dog

To witness the sight of purple turmoil in the sky

In contrast to the calm surface of the lake.

(A few seconds later, the heavens opened

And a gale force wind started blowing

Making us dash for home in a whirlwind

Of laughter and leaves.)

Purple rain

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Magical rays

Sometimes an ordinary evening

Can be transformed by rays

Breaking through the clouds

Magic rays

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!)

Magical light - sept

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Floating away

Choose a golden ray –

Melt into the air

And float away

Like a balloon riding on a sunbeam.

Balloons copy

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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.)


Paying attention

As the sun sets

Trailing behind a scarf reflected in the water –

Breathe in and out.

And pay attention to the those small golden moments.

If there is something Oscar has taught me, it is this:

The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention to the small details of life.

Oscar -sunset copy

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Summer candy

There is nothing more delicious

Than the candy stripes

Of a late summer sunset

Candy sky copy

That softens from pink

Into orange ribbons,

Orange stripes

And finally melts

Into reflected peace.

Final sky

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Set the night on fire

Come sit with me a while

Come sit with me

And let’s set the sky on fire

With our laughter.

Come sit with me again

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The golden

Come sit with us a while –

You don’t need to speak –

It’s enough to let our hearts swell

With golden joy.

Oscar on jetty copy

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Swan light

I do believe

The wings of the swan

Love the light of the setting sun.

 

Swan sunset copy

“Sometimes I need
only to stand
wherever I am
to be blessed.” — Mary Oliver

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Wispy ears and love

Everyone should have a loyal friend –

With or without wispy ears –

Oscar - wispy ears

To share a sunset with.

Oscar - sunset

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Musical birds

After the silence of winter,

Spring makes itself heard in the loud

Symphony of birds

Twittering, singing, warbling.

It’s a feathered harmony of music!

Fire sky copy

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