69: Capturing sunlight

(Sunlight in the grass.)

In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.

~ Aaron Rose

I love the light this time of year.  The days may not be as long but the light we do get can be amazing.  It’s almost as if we get extra “golden hours” to make up for the shorter amount of daylight.

(Tangled with sunlight.)

Obviously I can’t go around pointing my camera directly at the sun.  Well, I could (and I have) but it’s not a good idea.  Most of the time it doesn’t work.  The flares that result from all that bright light can be interesting although usually what comes out is a terribly bright, terribly washed-out-by-the-light halo effect.

(The high light.)

During yesterday’s walk my eyes were drawn towards the grasses and dried flowers, the lines of sunlight and shadows, and the sparkles on the water.  It was a fortuitous time of day.  The light was almost perfect.

(Long shadows in the woods.)

The area pictured above is where my dule of doves reside.  They finally located the log with the grooves in it.  The one where I’ve been putting out bird seed.  It is probably my imagination but the doves didn’t seem to go as far away when they flew off yesterday.  One even came back just after I poured more bird seed into my makeshift feeder.


Today’s walk wasn’t as brilliant.  It is warm, windy, and wet outside so it was another under-the-umbrella walk for me.

(Lit up in the wildflower meadow.)

I did take a few photos today.  I’ll get to those in a minute.  Yesterday was so pretty that I’m not ready to leave it yet and switch to the gray, rainy day.

(Sparkles at the back of the pond.)

(The sun, just out of sight.)

all this time
the sun never says to the earth,

‘You owe me.’
Look what happens
with a love like that —
it lights the whole

~ Hafiz

Today’s Walk (the official version)

It’s close to 60 degrees here in the Bogs today.  I gotta tell ya, it’s one of those days when “Bogs” suits the area well.  We must have had a lot of rain overnight.  According to one place I looked, we’ve had 3.19 inches for the month of November.  All that precipitation is not helping with the pond draw down.

(Today’s view of the pond.)

I found Winter’s footprint while I was out and about.  I’ll show it to you in just a second.  First I should warn you that it involves death.  I’ve been pondering the depiction of death on my blog as part of my year-long journey/commitment.  Should I show it?  Or not?

Since the start of my commitment I have encountered death four times on my daily walks.  The deer (which I did show), an oppossum (which I didn’t show), and today there were two field mice who look to be some sort of casualties of drowning or last night’s gusty winds blowing over the pedal boat.

Death is part of the cycle, especially this time of year.  None of us seem to mind looking at the leaves on the trees as they go out in a blaze of glory.  Maybe that’s because it is only a shedding of leaves and not the death of the tree.  But I don’t believe many of us want to see the body of a dead animal.

So.  You’ve been disclaimered.  I cropped out as much of the field mouse as I could and still retain the impression of a footprint.  The ice was in this shape when I found it.

(Perhaps you would never have noticed the mouse if I hadn’t mentioned it?)

20 Comments on “69: Capturing sunlight”

  1. boatacrosstheriver says:

    Loved Tangled With Sunlight, and the Hafiz poem…had a rotten day today, where I felt very unbalanced (in reference to your yesterday post about balance). Looking at your wonderful pictures and reading about your daily walks makes me feel more calm. Thanks.

  2. chriscaff says:

    I absolutely love the first tow shots. The colours are great and the light! I love the wildflower meadow one, too.

  3. Karma says:

    Gotta grab that sunshine when you have the chance in November!

    • Robin says:

      That’s for sure, Karma! From the looks of things, that may be it for the sunny days for a while. Nothing but clouds and snow in the forecast from here on out.

  4. Karma says:

    And you know, I don’t know if I would have noticed the mouse if you hadn’t mentioned it. It is pretty neat that you found the foot shape.

  5. Marianne says:

    Robin, I love the Hafiz poem. Yesterday’s sun photos are beautiful.

    Looks like you had the same kind of day that we had here. Cloudy and gray and rainy. Tonight it is pouring.

    The sun will come out tomorrow.

  6. Kala says:

    Love the image of the long shadows against the fallen leaves.

  7. penpusherpen says:

    AS I stare out of the window at the snow falling..again, .I wish that the mildness of rain would fall to clear it away, however lovely it looks on Christmas cards, in reality it blankets everything and gives you the feeling that life as we know it has ceased, or at least slowed to almost a halt…Frozen Britain, brrr… I think this is the earliest snowfall in our weather history…(don’t quote me on it though!!)
    and once again you have such wonderful photo’s to share. and yes, in the midst of life, there are casualties to the harshness of the weather. Poor mouse, but such a catch you have in the ‘frozen footprint in time.’ could almost be a story there to be written…
    I love all the views, and my favourite has to be the lit up wildflower meadow…looks just like delicate feathers… I always feel I’ve been on the journey with you… xPenx

    • Robin says:

      I was wishing the opposite, Pen. I find the rain kind of depressing whereas the snow brightens things up for us here. I can play in the snow, but not in the cold rain. I kind of like the feeling of life slowing down although we don’t get that too much here since they know how to handle snow in this area. Schools and businesses almost never close for snow days here, no matter how much snow we get. It’s the bitter cold that shuts things down and even then it has to be below zero.

      I hope your snow goes away soon. You’re welcome to send it here if you like. 😀

  8. monty says:

    What a cool piece of ice. Was it just coincidence it was that shape or did water fill up in the footprint?

  9. Nickie says:

    That was me above, not Monty. Not sure why his details were in the autofill.

    • Robin says:

      I was wondering about Monty, Nickie. I know he’s brilliant but I didn’t think he would be leaving comments on blogs just yet. lol!

      I think the shape was a coincidence. But I am not 100% sure of that. I didn’t see any other footprints around and the way the ice was sitting it didn’t look like water that had filled up a footprint.

  10. Nickie says:

    Don’t be surprised if he leaves you a comment. Sometimes I see a mum in the playground and she says something like, “Monty sent me an email last night…” and I groan! He’s very clued in.

  11. bearyweather says:

    I love the glowing colors produced by the sun during those magic hours, don’t you? Alas, I have not even seen the sun in weeks …. short days and lots of clouds and snow. Maybe this weekend I will get a glimpse.

    • Robin says:

      I hope you see some sun soon, Bearyweather. It gets that way here too. The sun goes away in December and we don’t see it again until March or April (unless we head to some sunny spot such as Florida or California).

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