Illumination

Even a fresh snowfall couldn’t dim the joy of this time of year: the spring equinox.

A time when the light starts coming back, ice and snow recede eventually

And long evenings unfurl perfumed with flowers and warmth.

As one hemisphere gets shorter days and the other longer ones,

This Yin and Yang dance reminds me that we all share this world

And that we are all dependent on each other for balance and harmony.

I will love the light for it shows me the way.  Yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.

— Og Mandino

For more harmony, please visit: Skywatch.

86 responses

  1. So true; beautifully said and photographed.

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    March 24, 2011 at 12:07

  2. I love that quote.

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    March 24, 2011 at 12:20

  3. Spring…my favorite time of year! That golden hue is scrumptious!

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    March 24, 2011 at 13:03

  4. Just lovely! The golden light in the second picture is wonderful!

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    March 24, 2011 at 13:17

  5. Oh, so beautifully written and said. I wish I had your ability to enjoy and as I read your writing for a moment I did but I’m afraid winter has overwhelmed me this year.

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    March 24, 2011 at 13:26

  6. Such beautiful and true words for such amazing photos.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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    March 24, 2011 at 13:34

  7. Beautiful post, in many ways.

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    March 24, 2011 at 13:52

  8. love the light!!

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    March 24, 2011 at 14:06

  9. yes we are…and there is gold in those pics…what beautiful colors…

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    March 24, 2011 at 14:14

  10. So true. The photo is stunning!

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    March 24, 2011 at 14:23

  11. thanks for the positive spin on this cold spring week ~ love the Og Mandino quote 🙂

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    March 24, 2011 at 15:17

  12. LadyFi: Beautiful captures of the sunshine. You still look mighty cold up there.

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    March 24, 2011 at 15:33

  13. Great photos and mini essay on Spring. I’m all mellowed out now.

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    March 24, 2011 at 15:33

  14. Maggie May

    Magnificent photos. I love looking through that long grass.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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    March 24, 2011 at 15:35

  15. Thanks for coming by my blog. What absolutely wonderful photos you have on your posts–lovely. I very much like the quote on the most recent one. Hope you will come by my blog again–I know I will yours. Mickie 🙂

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    March 24, 2011 at 16:00

  16. Exquisite images that take my breath away ….. WOW!

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    March 24, 2011 at 16:06

  17. Those pictures are so awesome.

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    March 24, 2011 at 16:10

  18. Loved this post.;)
    The images are stunning, but the sentiments truly resonated with me strongly today.
    What an inspirational post in words and images, that quote is supreb.
    xoxo

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    March 24, 2011 at 16:27

  19. So pretty. Just like spring.

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    March 24, 2011 at 16:32

  20. The lighting in these pictures is absolutely amazing. Thanks for these beautiful pictures and the great quote.

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    March 24, 2011 at 16:40

  21. Lovely! Pictures and quote!!!

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    March 24, 2011 at 16:41

  22. What a gorgeous light, ladyfi

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    March 24, 2011 at 16:47

  23. Love the images and the mixture of blue and gold. I’m going to have to borrow that quote – I need reminding of the need for balance way too often!

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    March 24, 2011 at 17:43

  24. breathtaking captures of light infusing these precious moments…beautiful!

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    March 24, 2011 at 18:34

  25. Suz

    Simply beautiful shots!!

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    March 24, 2011 at 18:35

  26. Oh I love that first photo with the sun creeping in the corner.

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    March 24, 2011 at 18:48

  27. SLH

    Beautiful images – and words!

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    March 24, 2011 at 19:15

  28. Blu

    Hurray for gorgeous grass, so underrated don’t you think, yet so beautiful. gorgeous!

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    March 24, 2011 at 19:29

  29. beautiful
    the lighting captures the moment
    happy SWF

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    March 24, 2011 at 20:18

  30. I love the blue and orange together!

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    March 24, 2011 at 20:48

  31. I think the most beautiful thing about Yin and Yang is the ability for both extreme ends to coexist as one.

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    March 24, 2011 at 21:52

  32. Two beautiful photos.

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    March 24, 2011 at 22:54

  33. time goes too fast. I did not see it was the equinox. But I know we are supposed to change the time again. 😦

    great shots.

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    March 24, 2011 at 22:58


  34. · Beautiful shots. I like them as I like your lovely dog.

    · Have a nice day

    CR & LMA
    ________________________________
    ·

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    March 24, 2011 at 23:16

  35. marvelous

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    March 24, 2011 at 23:25

  36. a delightful post. Thank you 😉

    Aloha to you
    from Waikiki!

    Comfort Spiral

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    March 24, 2011 at 23:26

  37. I love those tones so warm in the snow in the background. Some lovely photos.

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    March 25, 2011 at 00:15

  38. That golden light is magical, Fi. “Balance and harmony” – both give me hope.

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    March 25, 2011 at 00:21

  39. Absolutely beautiful. You capture the light like nobody else.

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    March 25, 2011 at 00:49

  40. These are great shots. I love the colours and the golden light. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

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    March 25, 2011 at 01:09

  41. Al

    Fantastic! You really caught that early-day light perfectly.

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    March 25, 2011 at 01:45

  42. Lovely golden light! No surprise that many cultures celebrate the equinox. The return of spring and light is always a joyous event.

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    March 25, 2011 at 02:14

  43. Beautiful shots with quotes.

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    March 25, 2011 at 02:42

  44. Heading into the tail end of March and we just got another four inches of snow. That’s just under 90 inches for the season.

    Insert heavy sigh here.

    Spring is just around the corner. It really is.
    🙂

    Pearl

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    March 25, 2011 at 02:46

  45. cherry blossom

    I can stare at these photos all day. I am in awe!

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    March 25, 2011 at 03:59

  46. That first one is so gorgeous – the light is breathtaking!
    Of course the second one is lovely as well.

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    March 25, 2011 at 04:12

  47. beautiful photos and great caption to match.

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    March 25, 2011 at 04:57

  48. Are you making those photos part of your collection on RedBubble for sale? Love the simplicity of the grass (wheat?) in the sun.

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    March 25, 2011 at 05:34

    • I haven’t yet – but I will. These are reeds in the lake.

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      March 25, 2011 at 05:36

  49. a golden moment! the golden sunbeams on blades of grass are enchanting.

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    March 25, 2011 at 06:10

  50. Pearl…we’ve got you beat…we’re over the 500 inches this season mark…with 24-35 inches since last night…if the snow keeps up over the weekend, we’re well on our way to the snowiest winter in 40 years!!!

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    March 25, 2011 at 06:28

  51. OH, these shots took my breath away…THEY are filled with beauty, balance and harmony! And the quote, spoke to me! Thank you!!
    Always so much to admire when I visit you!

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    March 25, 2011 at 06:43

  52. Beautiful shots. Second one is my favorite.

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    March 25, 2011 at 06:58

  53. lilalia

    I’d never heard that quote before. Thank you. The photos are stunning.

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    March 25, 2011 at 07:34

  54. Magical composition.

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    March 25, 2011 at 07:48

  55. Such beautiful pics and such a wonderful quote to go with it…
    Absolutely gorgeous:)

    My Yatra Diary…

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    March 25, 2011 at 07:58

  56. I remember the noise the dry winter reeds used to make on a nature reserve I worked on a very long time ago.

    These pictures brought all those times back.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Australia

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    March 25, 2011 at 09:25

  57. I love all seasons, but spring, the bringer of life, holds a special place in my soul.

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    March 25, 2011 at 09:45

  58. These are wonderful pics.

    Thanks for sharing

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    March 25, 2011 at 12:21

  59. Riet

    Beautiful photo’s and quote. I am also very happy spring is in the air.
    Thank you for visiting me.

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    March 25, 2011 at 12:49

  60. lovely! what a beautiful photo to symbolise spring 🙂

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    March 25, 2011 at 14:29

  61. the golden light is so flawless
    so wonderful 🙂

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    March 25, 2011 at 14:45

  62. perfect!
    clavs

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    March 25, 2011 at 14:58

  63. Beautiful captures!!!

    thanks for visiting my place 🙂

    cheers from Uruguay

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    March 25, 2011 at 16:39

  64. Jen

    Fiona, lately every time I see your new blog posts, the images that you have taken are causing my heart to skip a beat.

    That my dear bloggy friend is one of the highest compliments I can pay you.

    Stunning, simply stunning.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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    March 25, 2011 at 16:46

    • Wow – your compliment means a lot to me as you, my dear, are a photographer extraordinaire!

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      March 25, 2011 at 16:47

  65. Beautiful photos stunning colors and composition

    have a nice weekend, Bram

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    March 25, 2011 at 17:44

  66. Wow these photos are magnificent!! Thanks for sharing and happy weekend!

    Sky Watch Friday

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    March 25, 2011 at 17:58

  67. I am speechless.

    I came here to say thanks for visiting my blog (and I shall never forget your comment about the free Brazilian wax!) but I have just spent…what?…half and hour or more mesmerized by your photos and thoughts. Every time I thought I’d found the most gorgeous photo, you surprised me and surpassed it with another…and another.

    I adore your nature pics and the horse with wild hair, and I laughed out loud when you nearly fried yourself on your neighbor’s fence. (Sorry.) But I think most of all, I love your perspective on Frodo. I’m still weeping over that short story.

    Beautiful.

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    March 25, 2011 at 20:04

  68. Beautiful use of light!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    March 25, 2011 at 20:57

  69. sue

    such beauty! great shots:)

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    March 25, 2011 at 23:09

  70. Beautiful photos that goes well with well written sentiments…

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    March 26, 2011 at 00:38

  71. Such beautiful goldenness in your photos..you make it look warmer there:)

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    March 26, 2011 at 06:35

  72. What beautiful images! «Louis» particularly likes the first one!

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    March 26, 2011 at 07:13

  73. These are beutiful. Spring is on its way even if slowly…
    My SkyWatch

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    March 26, 2011 at 09:00

  74. Awesome shots! And wonderfully posted 🙂

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    March 27, 2011 at 01:50

  75. Fi, your doggie sure seems to enjoy the snow – Dave

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    March 27, 2011 at 09:38

  76. I love the image of the yin and yang of the two hemispheres…

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    March 27, 2011 at 12:47

  77. I love your nature, light and pictures!!
    Great work:-)

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    March 27, 2011 at 13:11

  78. As I cut down from three jumpers to one, my Australian family are moving from shirtsleeves to jumpers.. There is balance in all things!

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    March 27, 2011 at 14:55

  79. Beautiful Fi! I’m not sure from the previous post if you are still on vacation or if that was earlier. Either way, it’s obvious you are enjoying life — as you always do and share so beautifully with us.

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    March 28, 2011 at 00:26

  80. The light on that grain in the first pic makes a splendid scene that makes one go all poetic!

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    March 28, 2011 at 03:04

  81. JM

    What amazing light! Gorgeous photos.

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    March 28, 2011 at 22:36

  82. You really out did yourself with these shots! Wow! Thanks for stopping by!

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    March 29, 2011 at 18:15

  83. Breathtakingly beautiful!

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    March 31, 2011 at 20:32

  84. Lovely photographs. The light is truly amazing!

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    April 5, 2011 at 18:11

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