I love the early mornings
And the dew
That transforms ordinary leaves
Into something extraordinary —
Into a bejewelled world
Of dancing rainbows,
Reminding me of one of my favourite quotations:
Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf. — Tagore
For more enchantment, please visit: Our World Tuesday.
Friday was the summer solstice – the longest day of the year —
And also Midsummer’s Eve: a major holiday here in Sweden.
It’s a time for weaving flowers around the maypole
And then lifting it up into place as a team effort.
Midsummer is an ancient pagan tradition —
And, as you can see, it’s a celebration of fertility
And light and the burst of growth that occurs during the short Swedish summer.
It’s a time for having fun and dancing around the maypole
Like a little frog in time-honoured tradition —
(Yes, this is me being silly…)
Although for some, a short nap in the green summer grass
Is more than welcome.
For more traditions, please visit: Our World.
Nature is a cathedral
And when the sun shines through the iced trees
They are frosted stained glass windows.
The grandeur of these spires
Never fails to amaze
And the dancing light of winter
Waltzes its way into the soul.
For more uplifting posts, please visit: Our World Tuesday.
Autumn was short-lived and intense this year.
But last weekend I had an amazing experience.
In the distance, I saw a sunny bower of branches
And a shower of leaves dancing in the wind as they fell to the ground.
I stood under those trees and listened.
The leaves danced and twirled and fluttered down on me,
Sounding like gentle rain as they came to rest on hair, ground and an icy bench.
I like to look for the new beginnings in these ends.
Don’t leaf without visiting: Our World.
Midsummer is one of the biggest holidays in Sweden. It’s all about eating and dancing around the maypole. Usually in the rain.
One year, I’m going to photograph it all… But this year, we spent so long at the pool before lunch that we just didn’t have the energy to go down to the local celebrations.
We did celebrate the light, the warmth and the sun in our own way.
Life may not always be a dance on roses, but that doesn’t stop you from dancing in a shower of rose petals.
It’s all about your attitude.
You can complain that roses have thorns.
Or you can rejoice that thorns have roses.
For more midsummer (or midwinter) beauty, please visit: Our World.
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.
Is there anything more delightful than dancing in the clouds
And weaving rainbows to wear in your hair?
And what is more magical than watching fire
Melt into glowing embers in the sky?
And there, in the softness at the end of the day,
You can find enchantment and beauty and love.
For more stories, please visit: Skywatch.
“I would like to believe when I die that I have given myself away like a tree that sows seeds every spring and never counts the loss, because it is not loss. It is adding to future life. It’s the tree’s way of being. Strongly rooted perhaps, but spilling out its treasure on the wind.”
– May Sarton
Don’t you just love those glorious late summer skies? What treasures are you grateful for?
(Click the photo to enlarge.)
For more lovely skies, please visit: Skywatch.
UPDATE! The answer to this riddle … is at the end of this post! (Don’t want to make life too easy for you now!)
Can you guess what I’ll be doing today? It involves balls – lots of them!
And some memorable characters with witty lines like:
Mrs D: Holidays are over people. Way over. Any more questions?
Jason: So how were your holidays?
G: Well, you sound like you’ve done a lot of singing too.
T: Yes. My showerhead is impressed.
G: You know, I once scored 41 points in a league game.
T: No way!
G: Yeah, and on the same day I invented the space shuttle and microwaved popcorn
And then there’s some singing and dancing thrown in!
… and what have you got?
Such is the intellectual culmination of my weekend:
I’m going to ??????
Well – give me your best guess!
Oh – and have a good weekend!
ANSWER: The intellectual highlight of my weekend was going to the cinema to see HSM 3 – that’s High School Musical 3, for you who are still uninitiated in this teen fad! (My kids are 5.5. and 7, so perhaps it’s not just a teen fad?)
There was lots of singing and dancing – but, unfortuately – no plot. Call me fussy, but having some sort of storyline is important. Right?