Perfect balance

Last week saw the autumnal equinox (and the vernal equinox if you live in the southern hemisphere).

A day when the world is perfectly balanced and in harmony.

A day when everyone in the world shares this balance: an equal number of hours of daylight and night.

For two days every year, when we all have 12 hours of light and 12 hours of dark, I like to think of everyone around the globe as being united by a thread of light.

An invisible string that reminds us of our shared experiences rather than our differences.

Autumnal equinox 2010 - unedited

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62 responses

  1. Blu

    Stunning, but I do hate mozzies!

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    September 30, 2010 at 13:22

  2. Such beautiful photos and a wonderful thought to go with them. A world united…wouldn’t that be amazing?

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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    September 30, 2010 at 13:43

  3. United in one household, here. My husband was brought up in Australia and still thinks of September as Spring, unless he’s paying attention!

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    September 30, 2010 at 14:35

  4. I love those days of equal light and darkness too. Sunday we change our clocks an hour forward again, then we have the long evenings. I love that time of year.

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    September 30, 2010 at 14:43

  5. I love the pictures, but I love the sentiment even more!
    Well-said!

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    September 30, 2010 at 15:01

  6. Beautiful photos and I love the “thread of light” concept.

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    September 30, 2010 at 15:33

  7. Lovely. Is the close-up cropped out of the big picture?

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    September 30, 2010 at 16:12

    • Not cropped. I actually tried to focus on the reeds with the sunset in the background… and I managed (for once)!

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      September 30, 2010 at 17:28

  8. You understand balance and it shows, not only in your photography, but your comments and your life. Thanks for being there for me and for all of us. Sonia.

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    September 30, 2010 at 16:17

    • Oh, blush! Thank you for this kind comment! Great news about your accomplishment! Can’t wait to read it.

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      September 30, 2010 at 17:30

  9. great compositions, love the low light- pretty, pretty!

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    September 30, 2010 at 16:31

  10. Fantastic photographs, Fi.

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    September 30, 2010 at 16:45

  11. I love the invisible string imagery.

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    September 30, 2010 at 17:26

  12. These photos are just brilliant, Lady Fi!!! Absolutely beyond beautiful. Wow!

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    September 30, 2010 at 17:38

  13. fabulous tandem. but i absolutely adore the first image. i could see that image being used when some church song or hymn is playing in the background.

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    September 30, 2010 at 18:57

  14. excellent images and super thought!

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    September 30, 2010 at 19:06

  15. beautiful skies…even once the light is gone there is a thread that runs through…

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    September 30, 2010 at 19:23

  16. Amy

    Girl, you’re a regular pro photographer!! Those are STUNNING photos!!

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    September 30, 2010 at 21:34

  17. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing. It’s a great time now for taking pictures, isn’t it? 24 hours of daylight is cool during the summer time but you do get bored of it after awhile! πŸ˜‰

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    September 30, 2010 at 21:36

  18. These sky shots are gorgeous. Neat post about the equinox.

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    September 30, 2010 at 21:45

  19. the first photo is perfect! I love it.

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    September 30, 2010 at 22:25

  20. Oh my! Two glorious photos that visualize your wonderful words!

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    September 30, 2010 at 23:18

  21. Al

    Great photos, and lovely words. It’s great how you got the depth of field you wanted in each exposure, creating such different shots.

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    October 1, 2010 at 03:27

  22. Thanks for sharing your equinox perspective–fantastic.

    We were disappointed that it rained out our view here. Oh well.

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    October 1, 2010 at 05:18

  23. Beautiful images and words!

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    October 1, 2010 at 05:50

  24. A marvelous couple of photos. You have an impressive blog and photography.

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    October 1, 2010 at 05:53

  25. Incredible captures and I do so agree with your words/thoughts! Your posts and photos are always inspiring and thought provoking and I always enjoy my visit as well as learn something I needed to know or to think about! Have a wonderful weekend, you and your family!

    Sylvia

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    October 1, 2010 at 05:59

  26. Z

    thanks for the reeds and the “string”:)

    Z
    http://www.thebabaylan.blogspot.com

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    October 1, 2010 at 07:21

  27. beautiful colors and compositions

    Happy SWF! Have a good weekend,

    Regards, Bram

    My SkyWatch on WordPress

    Seen on Sky Watch Friday, Season 4, Episode 12

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    October 1, 2010 at 07:30

  28. I missed the moment, but glad to see it here. πŸ™‚

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    October 1, 2010 at 07:58

  29. awesome sky shots!
    thanks for visiting. πŸ™‚

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    October 1, 2010 at 08:05

  30. captivating photos. the thoughts that go with these photos are just as awesome.

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    October 1, 2010 at 08:59

  31. beautiful and so peaceful! visit my skywatch friday

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    October 1, 2010 at 08:59

  32. Sir Pe

    Beautiful pictures and words well worth remembering! πŸ™‚

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    October 1, 2010 at 11:59

  33. Wonderful post : )
    Love your words. Your pics are so gorgeous!

    Thanks for dropping by

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    October 1, 2010 at 13:45

  34. A thread of light, I like that!

    Thank you for visiting my blog and for your wonderfully supportive comment. I appreciate it.

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    October 1, 2010 at 14:02

  35. Wonderful shots.
    I love the colors.

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    October 1, 2010 at 16:04

  36. I can enjoy the playful time with your charming dog under your fantastic seasonal sky.
    And then I love funny cats shouting- S・N・A・K・E !!

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    October 1, 2010 at 18:20

  37. This is so wonderful!! Great light and skies..I love nr one!:-)
    Wish you a blessed weekend!

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    October 1, 2010 at 20:31

  38. land of shimp

    What pretty pictures, and what a lovely thought.

    Would that we could harness that balance and put it in to practice as a people, forever more.

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    October 1, 2010 at 20:42

  39. beautiful photos to mark the change of seasons

    really enjoyed your last post as well full of colourful leaves

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    October 1, 2010 at 21:38

  40. Wow, beautiful shots πŸ™‚ I love sunrises and sunsets, along withe silhouettes.

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    October 1, 2010 at 21:58

  41. Just gorgeous.. I think you’ve captured magic!

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    October 1, 2010 at 22:40

  42. I love this…the photo’s and your words. Totally love this line…”An invisible string that reminds us of our shared experiences rather than our differences.”…to which I say Amen! I do hope that you have a wonderful weekend doing something that puts a smile on your face. πŸ™‚ XX

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    October 1, 2010 at 23:15

  43. very engaging images.

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    October 2, 2010 at 00:07

  44. It is always such a pleasure visiting your blog. As soon as I see your photos I immediately relax and smile.
    These are gorgeous.
    Happy weekend, jj

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    October 2, 2010 at 01:21

  45. What two lovely contrasting sky scenes. I am not sure if I could handle 12 hours of darkness. I am sure you eventfully adjust to it.

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    October 2, 2010 at 01:39

  46. Such gorgeous photos, the branches of the tree and the straws in front of the sun, very beautiful! πŸ™‚

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    October 2, 2010 at 02:52

  47. You have a beautiful brain.

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    October 2, 2010 at 03:37

  48. Oh how I wish your words could come true for those two days and every day!

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    October 2, 2010 at 04:30

  49. Amazing shots. Very beautiful color shades.

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    October 2, 2010 at 07:38

  50. Don

    Wonderfully peaceful shots.

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    October 2, 2010 at 07:46

  51. I’d never thought of it in quite that way – thanks πŸ™‚

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    October 2, 2010 at 13:24

  52. Everything about this post is sooo beautiful… as you said ‘ In perfect harmony’…
    Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

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    October 2, 2010 at 16:01

  53. I know..I am dreading the disappearing daylight that summons up the cold of winter, but I am sure you will make that sound lovely too..:)

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    October 3, 2010 at 03:00

  54. I’m dreading the loss of the balance and days that are dark at 5:00 pm.

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    October 3, 2010 at 03:46

    • Dark at 5.00 pm is a luxury. Our days will be dark by just gone 3 pm!

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      October 3, 2010 at 07:19

  55. The skies are beautiful, as are your harmonious thoughts.

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    October 3, 2010 at 04:17

  56. lilalia

    Once again stunning balance between colour and form.

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    October 3, 2010 at 08:02

  57. Beautiful photography… Sharing similar latitude with you I know this means that we are entering the dark period, but hopefully the imminence of the holidays will ease the days of twilight a bit.;)
    xoxo

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    October 3, 2010 at 09:59

  58. Jen

    Oh my beautiful shots.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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    October 3, 2010 at 17:32

  59. I couldn’t wait to see these photos.

    and you never disappoint. phenomenal.

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    October 4, 2010 at 03:43

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