Posts tagged “light

Strawberry swirl

July was a time of long, long summer nights,

And strawberry swirls in the sky.

Swirl 1

Pink gave way to

Ruby red –

Raspberry2 copy

As the sun sank into the lake

With a sizzling hot splash.

Red peace

For more gorgeous skies, please visit: Skywatch.

 


That golden light

The kids and I spent a wonderful, long day in London recently –

And they had to pull me away as the sun was setting over the Thames.

The lamps were lit up by the golden glow of the sun

And the man seemed blissfully unaware of the seagulls flying up behind him …

Man on bridge

Even the double-decker buses looked romantic

As the molten carpet of light flowed over the water.

Golden water

However, I’m not really a big city kind of person

And am always grateful to be back by ‘my’ lake –

To enjoy its golden beauty.

The sunken boat in this photo reminds me of Rumi:

“Where there is ruin, there is hope for treasure.”

Friendship

For more treasures, please visit: Skywatch.


Tate Modern

I’m celebrating six years of blogging with a look at the Tate Modern – a fabulous museum housed in the former Southbank Power Station – that I visited on my recent trip to England.

The old turbine hall is now the dramatic entrance of the art gallery.

Hall

The themes of space and light

Are also present in the art galleries themselves. (They used to be the boiler rooms of the power station).

Exhibit

Even the back of the turbine hall

Is full of light and enormous space.

(That round ball shape on the right is actually a small child.)

Small kid

As the gallery was closing,

The sun created its own artwork

Of light and shadows and beauty.

Leaving

For more artistic shots, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


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!)

For more memories, please visit: Skywatch.


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

For more happy sunbursts, please visit: Skywatch.

 

 


Holding up the sky

Inside iron, you can find velvet;

Inside the hard, a soft centre –

And in the petal, there resides

The strength to hold up the sky.

Flower copy

For more stories, please visit: Skywatch.


Looking for light

It’s gone ten o’clock at night

And a strange creature with camera

Goes outside looking for the light.

Strange creature

She finds it

In the heart of a flower,

Heart

In the magic

Of sunbathing leaves,

Leaves

In a rainbow

Floating in the clouds

Rainbow

And in the beauty

Of her daughter’s face.

Arc

For more light, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


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.

 


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.

Swans

For more golden thoughts, please visit: Skywatch.


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

For more fiery skies, please visit: Skywatch.


Honey glow

In nature, light is the colour

And when the sun bursts through winter gloom

It makes everything glow –

Church

Even the humble frosted bud

Glowing bud copy

And the honeyed tree,

Shining like a star.

Lone tree

For more glowing stories, please visit: Our World Tuesday. 


The light in the dark

Last Friday, December 13th, was a special day – the festival of Lucia.

Every year around Sweden, churches are full of music and light.

Church

It’s a very special feeling when the lights are turned off

And the Lucia procession enters the church.

lucia

The children sing their heavenly songs,

Faces lit by candlelight only –

Spots of dancing hope in the mid-winter darkness.

Lucia tåg

As they leave the church, the sun has managed to rise

Casting its golden glow on people and building alike.

It’s a wonderful and metaphorical festival

Reminding us that no matter how vast the darkness,

We must shine our own light.

Johannes Church

For more festive stories, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Exquisite

I love the light at this time of year.

It turns the ordinary into wonder –

Take the stem of a flower, for example.

Exquisite 3

Early morning flowers

Are turned into works of art

Exquisite copy

And dewy petals

Into perfection.

Exquisite 2 copy

For more exquisite shots, please visit: Our World Tuesday.

Also linking up to the lovely I heart macro.


Playing with light

I love the way you can hold

The summer light in your hands

Arc-light

And pour it over

Wild fields of clover.

Beautiful clover

The light gives a perfect auburn background

For a lone flower in the sunset.

Lovely flower copy

It caresses a tree trunk

With liquid honey

Golden trunk

That spreads out to catch

The glow of a single shining strand

Of beauty.

This is peace. This is love. This is Nature.

Single shining strand

For more de-light-full posts, please visit: Our World Tuesday. 


Spring sparkles

It was one of those perfect spring evenings

When the sun made stars out of water

Perfect evening

And Oscar made abstract art

Out of water pearls.

Shake

On the way home, I turned around

To see my daughter caught in the fairy glitter

And become one with nature.

Bright light

The setting sun

Threw its golden drops

On grass and woodland flowers

As if to say: Stop. Look. Listen.

And appreciate.

Golden light copy

For more fairy glitter, please visit: Our World.


La lumiere d’oree

That golden evening light

Painted a lovely picture of tower and sky

Eiffel skies copy

And lampposts that seemed to throw back

Golden orbs into infinity.

Golden light

For more golden light, please visit: Skywatch.


Snowscape

When the morning light hits the trees

In just the right way;

Snowscape 2

When the blue bowl of the sky

Hangs like a silken canopy over the frozen lake;

Snowscape

And when the sun sets

In soft pastel purples…

Then … yes then!

Winter is a glorious place to be.

Sky and snow

For more amazing skies, please visit: Skywatch.


Under home skies

I might not live anywhere special –

My little house is in a row

Behind the houses you see on the left.

But we do have a great location

Right by the lake.

Silver trees

And when the sun shines through

Magical frosted trees,

The skies — and all underneath them — suddenly seem so very lovely.

Trees - SOC

I’m so used to living here

That it was only when I walked out onto the iced over lake

And looked back

That I realized how very lucky I really am.

Like most things in life, a new perspective

Can promote appreciation and joy.

Snowy trees by lake

For other perspectives, please visit: Skywatch.


Stained glass

Nature is a cathedral

And when the sun shines through the iced trees

They are frosted stained glass windows.

Stained glass 1 copy

The grandeur of these spires

Never fails to amaze

Frosted effect

And the dancing light of winter

Waltzes its way into the soul.

Stained glass snow

For more uplifting posts, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Cathedral of light

A rare and magnificent gift from winter:

A cathedral of light.

Rays

For more lovely presents, please visit: Skywatch.

Want to get to know me a little better? Then visit Amazing Australian Adventures, who interviewed me recently. (Remember to check out her lovely photos too if you have time!)


Chasing the light

The skies over the past few weeks have been grey –

So I’ve been chasing down the light.

I found it framed in golden fog

Hanging over the lake;

Framed

It danced over the football field

On fairy rainbow feet.

Snow rainbow

And, there – at last -

Like a cold winter flower

It blossomed in rays of light.

Rays in trees

For more de-light-full posts, please visit: Skywatch.


Musical snow

The past week has been all about music.

(AB1 goes to a music school in Stockholm these days.)

One of the high points is the Lucia concerts that take place in the silence of dawn.

The children enter the church with light and candles and song.

As they sing, their voices soar up to heaven –

And I imagined that each snowflake was a musical note

Spreading a message of  hope, warmth and light.

Lucia

As the concert ends, the sun has risen;

The winter darkness receded

And for a few moments, there is so much beauty

In that music

That the tears well up and fall.

Life is beautiful

For more lovely moments, please visit: Our World.


Of light in the darkness

December 13 is a special day (Lucia):

It’s when the Swedes celebrate light over darkness

With the eating of Lucia buns

And special candlelit ceremonies with beautiful singing.

Even the skies spread a gorgeous light

To let us know that the sun will return

And to remind us of love and compassion

In the midwinter darkness.

Rainbow sky

For more light skies, please visit: Skywatch.


Early autumn light

There is a special clarity in the light of early autumn.

It bathes roses in magical golden tones

And turns lavender into glorious purple works of art.

If you get up early enough, you can drink

The dew from shy violets

And enjoy the droplets on early morning roses.

My son loves the vibrancy of autumn leaves

And brings home some leafy sunshine every day after school

To put into a vase of water,

Crying every time the leaves curl up and die.

No better way to learn about the brevity and beauty of life, I suppose.

For more colour, please visit: Our World.


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