Friday, July 05, 2019

Friday Ramble - Flaming Amazement

Ah, sweet July, great rounds of baled hay in the eastern Ontario highlands, deer and wild turkeys feeding under the trees at dawn and dusk, shadows stretching long skinny fingers across farm fields at the end of the day, the setting sun viewed through strands of ripening timothy, alfalfa and tall white bush clover...

The shadows slanting across pastures lengthen, grow sharper and deeper as days become shorter, and as if to compensate for waning daylight hours, our northern sunsets turn intense: crimson, fiery gold, inky blue and purple skies, perfect molten light and technicolor clouds.

The evening sun flames amazement as it drops below the horizon. I've always loved the words "I flamed amazement", spoken by the playful spirit Ariel in Shakespeare's The Tempest - they seem just right for an evening in early July when the setting sun is putting on a fine show. Is there magic?  Oh yes...

Beau and I lean against a fence along the edge of the western field at sunset, and my camera and lens can scarcely take in all the riches on offer.  The setting sun dazzles the eyes, and the waxing moon is as lustrous as a great cosmic pearl; she seems lit from within. I know the moon has no light of her own and borrows it from the sun, but it always seems otherwise at this time of the year.

Health stuff or no health stuff, just how lucky can one old hen be? The fabulous sundown light is enough to make one swoon in delight.


One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Oh my
the last lines yous share
are me.
Wish I could use a camera and possess
your special words.
You call yourself
the Old Hen
and I call myself
the Ancient One.

Pienosole said...


Barbara Rogers said...

I'm so enveloped by your word painting, snuggled into the frame of your photo...blessed.

Tabor said...

Lovely. The optimism is evident. Always hope and always light and always love.