Posts tagged “light

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.


That honeyed light

I love the magical light of early autumn.

It’s honeyed and wispy;

And golden and sparkling.

And sometimes it twinkles like glitter

Before exploding into thick treacle.

For more light, please visit: Our World.


The light of the lilies

There is something magical

About entering the huge circular greenhouse

Where water lilies rise gracefully out of the shadowed water.

Strange plants grow around the walls

Sighing like discarded scarves.

If you’re lucky, you will see

The world’s largest water lily, Victoria Amazonica, in flower.

They only bloom twice – the first night, they are white,

The second night pink.

And there – can you see it? -

Is the perfect blue water lily

That inspired the imagination of Monet.

For more inspiration, please visit: Our World.


Midsummer sun

It’s Midsummer — or the summer solstice –

When we celebrate the longest day and shortest night.

The sun still shines strongly at 10.30 at night,

Painting the sky with wisps of light

And sending coloured clouds of happiness and peace our way.

For more summer (or winter) skies, please visit: Skywatch.


Golden feathers

Sometimes –

When the light is right

And lies in golden ribbons on the water,

The ordinary (even if just the legs of a duck)

Becomes extraordinary.

For more magic, please visit: Camera Critters.


The Hallelujah Chorus

The light

Makes itself heard

With trumpets and song.

A Hallelujah chorus to life.

For more musical skies, please visit: Skywatch.


Spring light

Spring is all about

Flowers waiting to unfurl

And reach their full potential.

It’s about the lone wild daffodil

Growing on the shore of the lake.

It’s about the wild weeds

That are as beautiful as flowers.

(Yes – that’s Oscar in the background.)

And – most of all – it’s about

The magical light of being.

For more magic, please visit: Our World.


Frosted light

If you wish for the light, be ready to receive it. — Rumi

Spring is on its way –

But only last week, the bright sun

And the feathered hoar frost

Turned the world into a black and white wonderland.

The sky may be bleached of colour,

But that frosted light is glorious!

For more delightful skies, please visit: Skywatch.


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