The return of the light

We celebrated the winter solstice last week:

The longest night and shortest day.

Because from here on in

The light, no matter how muted, is returning.

As I walked in the lovely light of sunrise (8.30 am or so!),

I heard a loud screeching: it was the heron

Flapping its huge wings

As it flew off into the rainbow clouds,

Reminding me that now is the time to dream and hope.

For more dreamy skies, please visit: Skywatch.

98 responses

  1. Love that monster!

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    December 29, 2011 at 12:11

  2. Delicious flight that beautiful sky, I love the silhouettes of bare trees, beautiful photos.

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    December 29, 2011 at 12:39

  3. Oh… How gorgeous! I would love to fly high too into a beautiful world …full of dreams, hopes and aspirations…

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    December 29, 2011 at 12:55

  4. Beautiful,

    The Winter Solstice is something special. I love winter but I like the light coming back also.

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    December 29, 2011 at 13:03

  5. superb takes!

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    December 29, 2011 at 13:04

  6. Amy

    Halleluja the light is returning! It´s the worst part of living in Scandinavia- the darkness of the winters. I understand fully the celebration when the light returns….your photos are stunning as always Fi :-)))

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    December 29, 2011 at 13:17

  7. your photos are wonderful but the first one gets my vote. 🙂

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    December 29, 2011 at 13:33

  8. It is always time to dream!

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    December 29, 2011 at 13:39

  9. Aww… You and your paradise, eh? 😉

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    December 29, 2011 at 13:41

  10. oo nice capture of his flight…and what a beautiful backdrop…come on light….

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    December 29, 2011 at 14:07

  11. Une belle serie, avec une preference pour la derniere

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    December 29, 2011 at 14:27

  12. Great shots. It’s so late that sunrise is 8.30. I can see sunrise at lease 6:30. 🙂

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    December 29, 2011 at 14:28

  13. Such a lovely capture of the beauty!Just amazing!

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    December 29, 2011 at 14:48

  14. Your first shot is amazing ! So romantic and so calm.

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    December 29, 2011 at 14:49

  15. Bob

    Truly beautiful the Heron in the skyline.

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    December 29, 2011 at 14:53

  16. Beautiful pictures.. you are an amazing photographer.. 🙂

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    December 29, 2011 at 15:11

  17. Ahhhh…… these take my breath away! Outstanding!

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    December 29, 2011 at 15:11

  18. J’adore le premier image Lady Fi, the blues and lilacs and the branches in silhouette, superb!

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    December 29, 2011 at 15:33

  19. Herons…so fortunate you are to have them around…such grace….ours have flown south to Florida or South America!

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    December 29, 2011 at 15:44

  20. These photographs are simply gorgeous!!
    Beautifully captured.
    I wish you a very Happy New Year.

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    December 29, 2011 at 15:49

  21. Such a beautiful set of photographs. I love the variety of colors and scenes you shot.

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    December 29, 2011 at 15:50

  22. —I wish I were that Heron Flying…

    Peace & Love to you, Lady Fil Xx

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    December 29, 2011 at 16:01

  23. TexWisGirl

    gorgeous shots! the purple and pink hues are my favorite!

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    December 29, 2011 at 16:05

  24. JM

    That tree in the water is fantastic! Gorgeous shots.

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    December 29, 2011 at 17:02

  25. Beautiful pictures and light. It is a great time when the sun turns:-)
    Hope you have nice days these Christmas.

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    December 29, 2011 at 17:18

  26. lovely shot of the tree branch in the first shot.

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    December 29, 2011 at 17:53

  27. thank you for sharing these delightful images. i always look forward to coming here and seeing what you have in store for us.

    have a fantastic new year.

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    December 29, 2011 at 18:42

  28. Love the first one!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    December 29, 2011 at 19:07

  29. You are indeed surrounded with breathtaking beauty and more important, you have the eye to see and the ability to capture it! And the best for us is that you share it! Wishing you and your family a wonderful and very Happy New Year, Fiona!

    Sylvia

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    December 29, 2011 at 19:10

  30. Love the sight of the heron flapping off into the sunrise!

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    December 29, 2011 at 19:14

  31. Riet

    That sky is beautiful with its different colors and your photo’s are the best,
    Happy NewYear

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    December 29, 2011 at 19:35

  32. how wonderful!!! ♥ it

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    December 29, 2011 at 20:05

  33. Ohhh great captures & the colors are sooo beautiful! Love the tree trunk partially submerged, awesome silhouette! =)))

    Happy Happy New Year to you & your family!

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    December 29, 2011 at 20:34

  34. I love the thought of the light returning! Seems to me like you’ve been having a somewhat mild winter so far.

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    December 29, 2011 at 20:41

    • Very very mild with plus temperatures!

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      December 30, 2011 at 06:18

  35. Al

    These are beautiful photos as always. I have the exact same thought around the winter solstice, that from here on out the days start getting longer. Although I must admit that I enjoy the beauty of winter, especially a fresh snow covered in the Colorado sunshine and blue skies.

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    December 29, 2011 at 20:47

  36. Have a great New Year Ladyfi!

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    December 29, 2011 at 20:48

  37. Beautiful images, Fi. Their simplicity stirs the imagination. Happy that you have longer days to look forward to, but also delighted that you find beauty in your surroundings regardless of the season or conditions and are willing to share your captures with us. Do hope you have a wonderful 2012 and continue snapping and sharing.

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    December 29, 2011 at 21:07

  38. Terrific captures.

    Wish you Happy and Prosperous New Year.

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    December 29, 2011 at 21:22

  39. Your last photo is almost like a watercolor painting. Happy New Year, LadyFi.

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    December 29, 2011 at 21:43

  40. These are gorgeous shots!

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    December 29, 2011 at 22:09

  41. Beautiful captures, so serene and calm…
    May you have a wonderful New Year!

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    December 29, 2011 at 22:48

  42. Stunning shots!

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    December 29, 2011 at 23:28

  43. Loving that the light is returning too …..

    Makes a big difference!

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    December 30, 2011 at 00:40

  44. Love your dreamy skies! I’m a light person, too. Happy New Year!

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    December 30, 2011 at 00:41

  45. It won’t feel like the days are getting longer for some time but it’s a good reminder that indeed we head toward longer days again instead of ever shortening ones. The first picture is lovely!

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    December 30, 2011 at 01:08

  46. And on the other side of the world, I am so grateful that our Summer Solstice is gone, and we are slowly and steadily approaching the cooler months.

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    December 30, 2011 at 01:46

  47. really really stunning! I love everything!

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    December 30, 2011 at 02:53

  48. Beautiful skies and such a treat to see that beauty!

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    December 30, 2011 at 03:14

  49. Truly beautiful images!
    Loved this post!

    Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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    December 30, 2011 at 03:25

  50. What great colours – love the heron as well.

    Don’t wish the winter away too quickly – it will mean our summer will be over!

    Cheers

    SM

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    December 30, 2011 at 04:11

    • Oh, I’m not wishing the winter away… I am wishing it would come with snow and frost!

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      December 30, 2011 at 06:06

      • I’m with you! Winter, bring it on!
        Lovely shots. We are quite frozen here, with -20C. temperatures.

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        December 31, 2011 at 00:59

  51. Your photos are just breathtaking as always. Have a Happy New Year filled with many blessings. Mickie 😉

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    December 30, 2011 at 05:29

  52. Love being able to walk along with you! Beautiful!

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    December 30, 2011 at 05:50

  53. Happy New Year! I enjoyed looking at the beauty you see. Keep on shooting in 2012. I’ll keep watching.

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    December 30, 2011 at 06:22

  54. Beautiful capture of the tree branch submerged in water.
    Happy New Year to you and yours!

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    December 30, 2011 at 06:36

  55. These are superb captures. You always capture the right moments.

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    December 30, 2011 at 06:38

  56. What a nice series of shots. I especially like the first one. Hope you have a wonderful New Year and I wish you all the best for 2012

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    December 30, 2011 at 07:19

  57. I am going to thank Sean again, what fantastic photographs .
    Have a Happy New year.
    Cathy

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    December 30, 2011 at 07:20

  58. Vakkert med silhuetter av trær og fugl mot en drømmeaktig himmel…

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    December 30, 2011 at 08:19

  59. Don’t believe I’ve ever heard an egret’s call. Beautiful, poetic photos.

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    December 30, 2011 at 08:28

  60. Magnificent !
    Wish you a happy New Year!

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    December 30, 2011 at 08:40

  61. I absolutely love the first shot – the silhouette of the bare tress.

    Also, wishing you a very happy new year…

    Cheers,
    My Third Eye

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    December 30, 2011 at 09:52

  62. Lovely shots of the sky and heron, Lady Fi! I am glad to see the light returning. I wish you all the best in 2012, Happy New Year.

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    December 30, 2011 at 10:16

  63. Fabulolus photos celebrating the light, thanks for your kind comments on my blog

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    December 30, 2011 at 10:57

  64. Sniff. One person’s returning light is another person’s light departing.

    But yours in prettier.

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    December 30, 2011 at 11:50

  65. Ha…But I kinda prefer your paradise. 😉

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    December 30, 2011 at 12:16

  66. I love the tree resting in the water
    herons are majestic
    as are your photos

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    December 30, 2011 at 12:30

  67. That last shot says it all — the sky’s the limit! 🙂

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    December 30, 2011 at 13:12

  68. Happy New Year!

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    December 30, 2011 at 13:23

  69. Just gorgeous, don’t need to say anything else,

    Gill in Canada

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    December 30, 2011 at 13:36

  70. Wonderful shots again with breathtaking colours.
    The first one with the impressive silhouette is my favourite.

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    December 30, 2011 at 14:58

  71. Nydelig
    Godt nytt år

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    December 30, 2011 at 15:30

  72. Magical photos!

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    December 30, 2011 at 15:31

  73. Gorgeous photo you’ve taken. Beautiful :0) I wish you a Happy New Year ! :0)

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    December 30, 2011 at 15:44

  74. Wonderfully beautiful photos ~ Happy New Year to you ~ ^_^

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    December 30, 2011 at 15:50

  75. the colors you saw and captured are mystical to me, so lovely and inviting. what a gorgeous world we live with.

    lovely New Year and beyond to you~

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    December 30, 2011 at 18:19

  76. Lovely hues and captures. May we share many more skywatches in 2012.

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    December 30, 2011 at 18:28

  77. Anya

    We want to wish you and yours
    A HAPPY & HEALTHY New YEAR
    enjoy New Years Eve with your family

    Hugs from your Dutch friends 🙂

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    December 30, 2011 at 22:20

  78. Staggeringly beautiful images of sky and light! I love the Emerson quote too. Coming your way from Tammie. Happiest of New Years! Carol

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    December 30, 2011 at 22:21

  79. Happy New Year to you and all the family! I hope all your days are filled with light and joy!

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    December 30, 2011 at 23:02

  80. nice shots. 🙂

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    December 31, 2011 at 00:14

  81. Hi Fiona, 8:30 for a sunrise is not bad at all:):) My favorite is the 3rd pic -stunning!!! Have a very happy New Year! Jesh from FB

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    December 31, 2011 at 01:12

  82. What a peaceful looking sky. Winter is nice because the sun rises so late! Happy new year to you and yours!

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    December 31, 2011 at 01:17

  83. Dream and hope, what a way to do in such picturesque atmosphere! Lovely shots. Happy New Year and may your hopes and dreams come true:)

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    December 31, 2011 at 03:12

  84. Aaaaaaaaaah! The beauty that surrounds you!! How can you not dream and hope… LOVELY post and that first shot Is AMAZING!! How wonderful to live there- you are so blessed!

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    December 31, 2011 at 04:59

  85. FotoAnna

    So beautiful Lady Fy!
    I really love it.
    I wish you and your beloved ones a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Greetings from Holland,
    Anna 🙂

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    December 31, 2011 at 11:04

  86. Three cheers for the RETURN OF THE LIGHT!!!!

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    December 31, 2011 at 11:53

  87. aw, wonderful captures of his fly!

    here’s wishing you and yours the best for 2012!

    happy new year!!

    big hugs!

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    December 31, 2011 at 12:15

  88. So beautiful. I wish I could step right into that first shot. 🙂

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    December 31, 2011 at 17:06

  89. The skies make a beautiful back drop for the magnificent heron. Welcoming the return of the longer days here as well. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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    December 31, 2011 at 17:36

  90. Wonderful photos..8:30 AM..it gets light about 8AM here..I looks forward to one more minute of light every day!! 🙂

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    January 1, 2012 at 00:27

  91. These are lovely..yes now the days can start to get longer…Happy New Year..!!!

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    January 1, 2012 at 19:56

  92. Now is the time to dream and hope. Amen. Wishing you another year of beautiful captures… thank you for sharing your lovely gems, Fiona.

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    January 2, 2012 at 15:26

  93. Just beautiful.

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    January 6, 2012 at 03:22

  94. I just adore that first pic of the limb restin’ in the water. Your photography is simply the best girl. Thanks for lettin’ me tag along on your quite mornin’ walk. I just love early mornins.

    God bless and have yourself an awesome week sweetie!!! :o)

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    January 9, 2012 at 20:21

  95. jaymoore409

    Those are so gorgeous, you’re making me feel guilty for not getting out in the dawn more often!

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    January 13, 2012 at 15:02

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