Dancing in the dark

My neighbours are used to seeing me out with my camera in all states of dress (and undress).

So, it was no surprise when the next-door neighbour phoned to tell me that there was an interesting sky outside.

We rushed up the hill to see an eerie glow set the water alight with a purple fire.

The key to photographing sunsets is to wait

And listen to the music of nature

While the sky unfolds itself in colour.

And, if we’re paying close attention, we can learn from children

Who know how to dance in the dark

Long before adults tell them that there is no music.

For more dancing skies, please visit: Skywatch.

95 responses

  1. Wonderful in photo and word and imagination.

    October 20, 2011 at 12:11

  2. Wonderful purple water and sky. The dancing woman is also funny and mysterious. Beautiful work !

    October 20, 2011 at 12:59

    • Thanks. The dancing person is my daughter, aged 10.

      October 20, 2011 at 13:10

  3. breathtaking images!!

    October 20, 2011 at 13:14

  4. You have nice neighbors. I spend a lot of time outside also in my regular clothes, and pajamas. The sky waits for no one.

    October 20, 2011 at 13:42

  5. Love that purple color on the water – I’m so glad you’re neighbor called you so you could capture it! And your silhouettes are wonderful!!

    October 20, 2011 at 13:42

  6. Whenever I wake up and it’s still dark, I think of you going out to the lake with your camera to capture the surrounding beauty. I also think of you when the sun sets, because only you seem to be able to grasp it’s colors!!.
    To know your neighbors even call you to let you know is just AWESOME… and I am SPEECHLESS with today’s sky!!! It’s simple F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S, Fi!!!!!!!!!!!
    I love that your daughter enjoys sharing time with you and dances with nature’s songs. May she never outgrow this!

    October 20, 2011 at 13:57

  7. It’s nice to know that we both scamper around outside in whatever we happen to have on when the sky beckons. Beautiful, beautiful post.

    October 20, 2011 at 14:15

  8. thanks for your inspiring words and photos!

    have a lovely day, lady!

    October 20, 2011 at 14:49

  9. Magnificent photos! Stunning contrast of color and silhouette. You’ve got a great eye for framing a shot.

    Your daughter is lovely. I especially enjoy and agree with your words about learning from children. We all need to step back once in a while and try to recapture the simple joy and wonder that children innately possess. Thank you for sharing these.

    October 20, 2011 at 14:49

  10. Stunning, just stunning!

    October 20, 2011 at 14:58

  11. First shot and its description is absolutely stunning!!!

    October 20, 2011 at 15:07

  12. Your words and images take my breath away…..

    October 20, 2011 at 15:32

  13. Amazing sky color.In particular I wonder why the color looks purple.

    October 20, 2011 at 15:36

  14. The magic of nature’s fire dance, stunningly beautiful ladiFi.

    October 20, 2011 at 15:42

  15. Now that is efficiency–having your neighbors give you hot sky watching leads.

    I love the purples.

    October 20, 2011 at 15:42

  16. Oh, Lady Fi, those gave me chills, they are so beautiful!

    October 20, 2011 at 15:56

  17. Glorious skies and colors and what a fantastic way to end the day! Love the shots of your beautiful daughter! You always have the perfect words, Lady Fi to accent the beauty! Hope you and your family have a wonderful evening and a great weekend! Thank you as always for your support of Sky Watch and Our World!


    October 20, 2011 at 16:14

  18. I’m glad you rushed out to get these pictures. The first photo is a work of art, but I really like the second photo with the silhouette of your daughter. I can almost feel the joy she’s expressing.

    October 20, 2011 at 16:16

  19. How wonderful that your neighbours are spotting skies for you!

    October 20, 2011 at 16:41

  20. wonderful post.. and the pictures are so beautiful..:-)

    October 20, 2011 at 16:47

  21. Such a sweet post. What nice neighbors to alert you to such a beautiful sunset. The photos are breathtaking.

    October 20, 2011 at 16:55

  22. wow those first two pics are just amazing…so cool that your neighbor brought it to your attention as well…the second is my fav…i love hanging out with kids…so much we can learn from them….

    October 20, 2011 at 16:59

  23. Your anklebiter is growing into a beautiful young lady..:)

    October 20, 2011 at 16:59

  24. Absolutely stunning colours. You seem to live in a haven of colours, hues, and nuanced tones… lucky you.

    October 20, 2011 at 17:22

  25. Great pictures, I love those beautiful silhouettes backlit by delicious. The colors really exquisite.

    October 20, 2011 at 17:40

  26. What a magnificent set of photographs. I’m glad you neighbors let you know to go out. I can relate about being out in various states of undress to take pictures. My neighborhood is used to me doing that too.

    October 20, 2011 at 19:24

  27. Always such beauty when I arrive here. And isn’t that so true … children dancing in the dark!

    October 20, 2011 at 20:01

  28. Your words have a profound ring of truth to them and the shot of the child with arms outstretched inspires one to dance.

    October 20, 2011 at 20:04

  29. ds

    Phenomenal color–and such wonderful images of your daughter (you should frame both, but especially the jumping for joy for her; a bulwark against the age of doubt. May she be among the lucky and never doubt…)
    Thank you.

    October 20, 2011 at 21:12

  30. Lovely post and great advice.:)

    October 20, 2011 at 21:32

  31. Oh, yes! Amazing! Such a wonderful evening and your photos is just lovely:-)

    October 20, 2011 at 22:00

  32. incredible images.

    October 20, 2011 at 22:48

  33. OH. MY. GOSH!
    These are amazing!
    I love the silhouette against all that color.

    October 20, 2011 at 23:12

  34. Beautiful photos, the colors are gorgeous. Lovely images of your daughter. Awesome photos, happy Skywatching!

    October 20, 2011 at 23:26

  35. What a wonderful neighbour. What a glorious capture. Thankyou.

    October 20, 2011 at 23:29

  36. So beautiful! And hooray for neighbors who give the gift of photo opportunities!:)

    October 20, 2011 at 23:59

  37. You have obviously trained your neighbors well, Fi. To watch a child greet the sun and sing its praise is quite satisfying to me. I sometimes see that purple glow over my mountains, but to see it staining your lake is awesome!

    October 21, 2011 at 00:13

  38. imac

    My word – you sure know how to make my heart miss a beat, with your fantastic shots and words.

    October 21, 2011 at 00:33

  39. Stunning photography! Thank you…getting better by the day!

    October 21, 2011 at 00:43

  40. I now live in a Point, but I have not taken time to appreciate the sun set, and hopefully take some beautiful photos like you.

    October 21, 2011 at 01:14

  41. Now that is one amazing sky and lucky to have your neighbors help you capture the moment and your daughter dance in the moment.

    October 21, 2011 at 01:14

  42. I am so glad your neighbor called so you could get these wonderful shots! Love them!

    October 21, 2011 at 01:16

  43. Beautiful shot!

    October 21, 2011 at 01:34

  44. Al

    Outstanding shots. Your daughter adds so much to the photos!

    October 21, 2011 at 01:35

  45. Absolutely stunning images, especially the second one.
    Beautifully captured, and a truly feel-good shot.

    October 21, 2011 at 01:35

  46. What more can I say than – just beautiful!

    October 21, 2011 at 01:49

  47. When you said, “Children, who know how to dance in the dark” I immediately thought of my babies dancing even as they first stood, clutching my fingers, bouncing up and down in joy. No music to be found. So true that they stop dancing as they grow older when adults tell them there is no music. Beautiful pictures as always!

    October 21, 2011 at 03:28

  48. All kinds of gorgeousness! Love!

    October 21, 2011 at 03:53

  49. Spectacular sunset shots. First one is magical.

    October 21, 2011 at 05:35

  50. wise, beautiful, glorious post! you are amazing

    Aloha from Waikiki;

    Comfort Spiral


    October 21, 2011 at 05:44

  51. Wow that is gorgeous well done. Thank goodness your neighbor called . Happy sky watching:)

    October 21, 2011 at 05:50

  52. We are thankful to your neighbor too.:)

    October 21, 2011 at 06:54

  53. A sky worth dancing for

    October 21, 2011 at 07:34

  54. Beautiful skies.
    Sydney – City and Suburbs

    October 21, 2011 at 08:42

  55. This Friday I look at your beautiful sky full of light and color to expect from a good weekend.
    Skies and beautiful colors as well as your photos.
    Greetings .-

    October 21, 2011 at 09:04

  56. Loretta

    The patience to wait was rewarded.
    Magic moment.

    October 21, 2011 at 10:43

  57. Very difficult to pick the favorite pic this time. I liked them all!

    October 21, 2011 at 11:00

  58. Beautiful images.

    October 21, 2011 at 11:10

  59. I love that your neighbours are now prompting you to photograph the sky!!! And a magnificent sky it is too. The second photo, of your daughter in silhouette, is just beautiful. Wishing you a lovely weekend.

    October 21, 2011 at 12:01

  60. What stupendous pictures! Purple on water is so dramatic- no wonder the child danced!

    October 21, 2011 at 12:12

  61. Fantastic images and post!

    October 21, 2011 at 12:56

  62. Wonderful in so many ways! Thanks for sharing.

    October 21, 2011 at 13:39

  63. YES! I agree!

    October 21, 2011 at 14:11

  64. wonderful shot, your a professional.

    October 21, 2011 at 14:23

  65. Just enjoying the posts I’ve missed in the last few days, had to look twice to spot the child climbing the tree, excellent shot, and Oscar bringing home the stick, love it !! You’re right about sunsets, they can change dramatically in the space of minutes, the colours in these are magic.Wanted to say thanks Ladyfi for your good vibes over the last few days, much appreciated. Hope you have a fab weekend.

    October 21, 2011 at 14:33

  66. really really stunning!

    October 21, 2011 at 14:46

  67. Your blog is so AWESOME!!!! Who has time to “get dressed” when there is a gorgeous sunset waiting to be seen.!!! The photo with the girl’s silhouette is absolutely amazing and truly an inspiration to look at. What joy there is in the world. Wonderful post, as always. Have a lovely weekend, my friend. Mickie:)

    October 21, 2011 at 15:32

  68. What a glorious sunset. Must have been a magical feeling to stand there and make some very beautiful pictures of it.
    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

    October 21, 2011 at 16:07

  69. This post could not be more beautiful! Wow!

    October 21, 2011 at 16:17

  70. Jeanie

    The beauty of the sky and the beauty of a child….what could be better!

    October 21, 2011 at 17:05

  71. nice setting for the dance.:)

    October 21, 2011 at 17:26

  72. Ash

    The purple sky is just out of this world – magnificient photos, LadyFi!

    October 21, 2011 at 19:22

  73. Woow, just wonderful. Colourful and nice setting. Just stunning. Have a nice weekend :0)

    October 21, 2011 at 19:26

  74. Absolutely gorgeous!

    October 21, 2011 at 20:12

  75. how wonderful that your neighbor called, that was a special event to be part of! your photos are lovely and mystical.

    October 21, 2011 at 20:28

  76. you combine photos and words to beautifully sum up the magic of light at any given time of day, but especially at sunset. happy weekend to you Fiona.

    October 21, 2011 at 21:45

  77. · You know the secret. Wait, wait and wait.
    Ilike your word.

    · hugs

    Tore Glass & The AbsentGaze

    October 21, 2011 at 22:53

  78. Great captures !! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    October 21, 2011 at 23:04

  79. The 2nd photo is awesome!

    October 22, 2011 at 04:07

  80. Stunning images and words. So very inspiring and beautiful!!!

    October 22, 2011 at 05:08

  81. Simply beautifully captured shots…lovely silhouettes and the magical colors of nature!

    October 22, 2011 at 06:02

  82. Spectacular!

    October 22, 2011 at 06:03

  83. just fabulous colour and so beautifully captured

    October 22, 2011 at 08:19

  84. Gorgeous images. I’m glad your neighbor phoned you!

    October 22, 2011 at 10:02

  85. Fantastic captures! How wonderful that your neighbor alerted you.:)

    October 22, 2011 at 14:03

  86. Gorgeous! I’ll have to show Redmond (6). Purple is his favorite color!

    October 22, 2011 at 16:22

  87. JM

    What great light and colours! Beautiful.

    October 22, 2011 at 17:05

  88. Joy just radiates from these pictures..

    (Nice that your neighbor alerted you — and your daughter — to thie beauty!

    October 23, 2011 at 23:21

  89. Spellbound!

    October 24, 2011 at 07:46

  90. Beautiful images and sentiments. That is certainly a sky to which nature and all of us who feel with it – will sing.

    October 24, 2011 at 12:56

  91. Wow .. you have the most beautiful skies there.. and a wonderful talent with which you capture them.. and great neighours!

    October 27, 2011 at 06:14

  92. Just stunning, thanks to your neighbors for tipping you to go out:-)
    wonderful colors and stunning photos

    October 28, 2011 at 07:46

  93. I hope she is always wiling to be in your pics…. surely she won’t become too cool for that at some point!:-)

    October 28, 2011 at 21:12

  94. Listening and observing nature’s change of colors & patterns…being patient yet also letting loose to dance when inspired.
    All part of life’s pleasurable balance.

    November 30, 2011 at 16:57

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