The aria of light returning
Is beautiful music indeed.
The windows of my soul I throw
Wide open to the sun.
~John Greenleaf Whittier
For more music, please visit: Skywatch.
Spring rejoices in the crocus –
Covering her with ice on those cold April mornings.
Spring comes dressed
As a single purple flower;
In a happy group
Or in a trio
Of petals and shadow and beauty.
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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!
For more silver skies, please visit: Skywatch.
As I write this, the ground is bare; the sky grey.
So, I’m looking back to January for some colour in the snow…
I found everything from rainbow skies
To hidden rubies;
Lemon-coloured houses for birds
And turquoise chairs
Patiently waiting for warmer days.
And look – I even found
A heart in the rough!
For more colourful posts, please visit: Our World.
This is a winter’s tail
(Excuse the pun!)
A tale of how snow decorates
How the bare bones of winter
Have their own stark beauty.
The woods have a deep magic –
Although it helps to have a sweet Rottweiler puppy in the picture too!
And here, a lone wooden cottage
Seems to be bathing in snow kisses.
There’s more s-now business like snow business over at: Our World Tuesday.
Winter’s mystical skies
Are a balm for the soul.
Later on, the sun makes the
Winter boughs glow –
And then softly, the misty scarf
Settles once more over the lake –
Inviting us to rest and gaze a while.
For more misty skies, please visit: Skywatch.
A couple of weekends ago, it started to snow
And snow and snow.
Nature softened her contours
As everything – including Oscar – was buried in lovely white flakes.
Twigs sprouted snow cones;
People and dogs frolicked in the blizzard.
(Look at those Yoda ears!)
And afterwards, we enjoyed the silence
Of a fresh carpet of diamonds.
For more frolicking, please visit: Our World Tuesday.
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.
For more golden thoughts, please visit: Skywatch.
In nature, light is the colour
And when the sun bursts through winter gloom
It makes everything glow –
Even the humble frosted bud
And the honeyed tree,
Shining like a star.
For more glowing stories, please visit: Our World Tuesday.
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.
For more colourful skies, please visit: Skywatch.
To celebrate Oscar’s 11th birthday,
I’m showing some classic summer sunsets over our lake
Decorated, of course, with an extra big helping
For more doggone skies, please go to: Skywatch.
If I had needle and golden thread
I’d weave you a glorious tapestry
And colour at dawn.
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An early sunrise –
Blushing with fog;
The blank canvas of dawn
A perfect backdrop for a lone duck.
Remind us that we are all just
Eternal travellers in time.
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Leaves quietly cover a forest path.
Oscar leads the way…
Around the bend, we come across the perfection
Of clouds, warm stone church and the flaming torches
Of the trees.
The churchyard is ablaze with colour;
Leaves crunch underfoot.
The warm red of the priest’s shed
Matches the leaves.
Time to head home
Under the canopy of a dramatic sky.
Oscar is more than happy with his walk –
For this is the radiant joy that is autumn.
For more fall foliage and other stories, please visit: Our World.
I reached for a star …
But missed –
So I’ll just have to make do
With the magnificence
Of the sky instead.
For more sky posts (cloudy or clear), please visit: Skywatch.
What better way to serenade
The late September sky of
Purple and gold
Than with a jump
Of joy –
Followed by a long moment
Enjoying the golden ripples
Of the reflected sun?
For more gold, please visit: Skywatch.
And for more amazing creatures, please go to: Camera Critters.
I love the light at this time of year.
It turns the ordinary into wonder –
Take the stem of a flower, for example.
Early morning flowers
Are turned into works of art
And dewy petals
For more exquisite shots, please visit: Our World Tuesday.
Also linking up to the lovely I heart macro.
Life is full of surprises – but sometimes they can give us more than we bargained for.
Last week, I was out walking the dog
When a hot air balloon swooped over my head
And landed on the green before slowly teetering on its side.
(I’ve never been dive-bombed by a balloon before!)
Planes are a little more reliable –
Big and noisy but they manage to stop in time…
A couple of months ago, I was enjoying an early morning sunrise
When I heard a honking in my ear.
A duck shot past me, grazing my cheek
And nearly knocking the camera out of my hands.
(Can you see the duck in the bottom left of the photo?)
I’m always startled when those sticks in the path
Slither over my feet…
(Perhaps you could call this foot-bombing?)
My favourite surprise though
Is a glorious sunset and a balloon … in the distance.
Go and dive-bomb this site: Our World.
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.
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.
Orchids! Don’t you love them?
They are flowers, but so much more.
These are known as Moth Orchids (Phalaenopsis) –
Although I think
They look more like purple-veined hummingbirds
Looking for honey than flying moths.
Up against the blue sky,
They regain their luminous wings of petals…
But, if you lean in and take an intimate look,
You might be lucky enough to see the face of a fairy.
For more winged stories, please visit: Our World.
I’m out and about at a charming summer cottage by the sea this week, so may be a bit late in getting around to visit you all.
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.
For more golden moments, please visit: Skywatch.
Summer is short and the sun calling my name, so linking up to: Camera Critters.