This is not the post I planned for todayPosted: February 25, 2013 Filed under: 365 Meditation Challenge, Air, beginnings, Daily Walk, Digital Art, Earth, Fire, home, Mindfulness, nature, Photography, pond, Quotes, Spirit, Today's Joys, Walking, wandering, water, weather, winter | Tags: birds, clouds, flowers, Hafiz, Henry Beston, MaidinSun Photography, Nathaniel Hawthorne, nature, Nora Roberts, Outdoors, Photography, pond, quotes, trees, water, weather, winter, woods 38 Comments
Do you see that out there? The strange, unfamiliar light? It’s called the sun. Let’s go get us a little.
~ Nora Roberts, The Hollow
The sun came to visit today, and turned the sky the most amazing shades of blue. Although I had plenty of work to do indoors, I couldn’t resist the call to go out and play.
The pond is still icy, but the sun made the day feel oh-so-warm. It is on days like this, after a week or so of general cloudiness, that I become a sun worshiper.
The light is restorative and energizing and all kinds of other good things. It makes me want to dance and twirl, and skip and sing.
And the blue of the sky! Magnificent. I want to fall right into it and take a ride on one of the big, fluffy, white clouds.
Winter will return tomorrow so it was best not to waste this lovely day by spending it indoors.
Even the birds knew there was something special about this day. Four hawks flew overhead, dancing and whistling and taking pleasure in the day and the brilliance of the sky. It’s the first time I’ve seen the mating ritual of the Red-tailed Hawk. The male flies way up high, practically into the clouds, and then dives down at a steep angle. He does this several times before he approaches and touches the female. I was not so fortunate as to see them lock talons and spin towards earth. I think I just missed it, catching the moment when the birds had just separated.
Sunlight is painting.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
I believe Nathaniel Hawthorne may be right. Sunlight is painting. It splashes across the landscape, into the nooks and crannies, illuminating and enlivening.
We lose a great deal, I think, when we lose this sense and feeling for the sun. When all has been said, the adventure of the sun is the great natural drama by which we live, and not to have joy in it and awe of it, not to share in it, is to close a dull door on nature’s sustaining and poetic spirit.
~ Henry Beston, The Outermost House: A Year of Life On The Great Beach of Cape Cod
The post I had planned for today will wait for tomorrow when the rains return, or the day after that when the snow flies again. Today is a day to share the joy of sunlight.
The weather turned. Her skin seemed to grow a million extra pores, and all of them opened to take in the warmth and tenderness of the air. The sun on her face made her want to cry. Into all those millions of open pores came the sunshine, and other feelings as well. In and out. She was porous.
~ Ann Brashares
I reckon that’s it from the Bogs on this gloriously sunny day. Thanks for joining me on a walk in the sunlight. I don’t know about you but I kind of enjoyed squishing around in the mud while soaking up the heat and light from the golden orb up in the sky. Thank you, Sun, for stopping by today. It was a most enjoyable visit.
One day the sun admitted,
I am just a shadow.
I wish I could show you
The Infinite Incandescence
That has cast my brilliant image!
I wish I could show you,
When you are lonely or in darkness,
The astonishing Light
Of your own Being!
I have been so engrossed in work for the last few weeks I have hardly noticed if we have rain or sun here (oh, it just started to rain!) so it was wonderful pause and dance in the sunshine and float along on the clouds with you for a few minutes Robin. 🙂
Glad you enjoyed the dance in the sunshine, Joanne. 🙂 It’s raining here today so it’s nice to come back and see the blue sky once again.
It’s always wondrous to visit your blog. Thank you for the gift of your photos.
Thank you so much, ♥eM. 🙂
I think you made the right call to skip your post and go play instead. The pictures do make me long for spring to come!
I think so too, Nancy. It’s been raining ever since, and rainy days are perfect for indoor work. 🙂
What a gorgeous blue sky! I hope this weather is moving east.
It should be there now, Shirley. Enjoy. 🙂
Most of my day was sitting in an office and not witnessing the splendor of that blue. Thank you for saving it for me! 🙂
Anytime, CM. 🙂
Heavens! The blue sky ones fairly leap out at one! (Well, never mind the ‘one’. They fairly leap out at me!) 🙂
That’s how the sky actually looked, Val. As if it was leaping out. 😀
such a lovely walk!! Thanks for sharing it with us!
You’re welcome, Derrick. And thank you. 🙂
Oh Robin, you have crocus blooming! I enjoyed the sun today with Angel; we sat on the stone steps in the garden and enjoyed the light and warmth. Really a blessing, which you have captured so well in your images.
Thank you, Lynn. 🙂 I’m so glad you had a chance to get out and enjoy the beautiful day, too.
Beautiful post Robin. I love those first signs of spring – the first buds on the trees and the crocuses 🙂
Thank you, Rosie. 🙂 I love those first signs, too. It’s exciting to watch the earth quicken and see new life appear.
your day was much more nicer than ours was! maybe we’re changing seasons
We’re definitely in the midst of changing seasons here, Chloe, although it looks like winter will settle in again for a little while.
Fabulous! Those photos will feed you while it rains and snows…
Precisely, Marie. We’re on day 2 of rain, and I’m already glad to come back and see the blue sky. 🙂
What gorgeous shots! I love it when the sun returns after a long absence!
Thank you, LadyFi. 🙂
Thank you for sharing your splendidly sunny day outside, Robin! Your beaming pictures have certainly added a bright and cheerful note to my day!
I’m so glad you enjoyed the sunshine, Barbara. Thank you. 🙂
ah yessss!! Blue, blue, blue… the cotton buds, the Birds flying high, the joy of Spring, New life draws nigh… We wait thro’ Winter, Sleepy mouths yawn, but come the Spring, come the new dawn… Invigorating sights and words, Robin, ..many, many thanks for sharing… xPenx
“Invigorating” is the perfect word for it, Pen. 🙂
Great shots Robin! 🙂
Thank you, Xandi. 🙂
Beautiful blue skies! Beautiful pictures, as always. How cool that you got to see the hawk mating ritual! Hawks fascinate me!
Thank you, Stacie. 🙂 Hawks fascinate me, too. They are beautiful birds.
Thank you, Belen. 🙂
I’m sure you’re so happy to have a sunny day, Robin. Enjoy! I love the crocuses. 🙂
Thank you, Cathy. 🙂
Oh, how could you not become a sun worshiper on a day like this.
🙂 Beautiful. 🙂
Thank you, Sallyann. 🙂