This photo, tho’ actually taken, Friday 25 October@ sunrise: 7:19 a.m. EST, was almost replicated this day, Monday 28 October, @ sunrise: 7:30 a.m. EST. This morning I did not take a sunrise photo because:
- a) I knew I already had the above in my photos collection … or
- b) I was too preoccupied with setting up for an 8:30 am online weekly planning session … or
- c) ’cause just minutes before today’s sunrise I’d read these words in Ryan Holiday’s new book: Stillness is the Key , p 26:
“Even during a quiet evening at home, all we’re thinking about is the list of improvements that need to be made. There may be a beautiful sunset* but instead of taking it in, we’re taking a picture of it.”
That passage stopped me, caused me to think: Can one take too many sunrise/sunset pictures? Am I indeed guilty?
And yes, I am! Why? Because
- it’s not only what you do – take a picture in this always have a camera phone age but also…
- perhaps it might be my last, ever…
- because it is so glorious, so wondrous!
So, I concluded, I would continue to take sunrise/sunset photos for as long as I can because its a way of tangibly experiencing, appreciating and sharing the awe, promise of a new day, of giving gratitude …
sunrise @ 6:46 am
thankful: relishing this morning’s sensational sunrise coupled with cool – 62° F- temperatures …
grateful: for an extended morning of solitude and quiet …
inspired: by today’s first Journal Club session of the Fall 2019 season. Each season, an animal spirit guide is selected by drawing a card from a pack. Dolphin is this season’s guide; one wonders how dolphin will show up …
finding it hard to believe that September is nearly over…seems that Labor Day weekend was just yesterday. Time indeed does fly!
wishing you a wonderful, restful and peaceful weekend.
I awoke this morning to the sight of a magnificent sunrise, a gentle pink glow in the sky, on rooftops…and quickly gathered my iPhone and donned my robe so that I could step out on the deck and snap a photo or two, bask in the gentle glow. Mornings, mine, are always off to a slow, gentle start, regardless of “when “ I must leave the house …I sip my tea, read, write, sometimes draw/sketch, remember, plan, contemplate, let the morning/day unfold gently…
On this day, next week, we will be in the throes of setting up the quilt show – the doors will open at 10 am, promptly on Thursday…to a crowd of quilters rushing into buy our castoffs: tools; fabrics; patterns; novelty items; etc...”one quilter’s trash another quilter’s treasure…” Three of my four quilts are ready; I finish stitching the binding on the fourth, today!
I have any number of books – new/old; audio/print – in various stages; I’m rather drifting in/out of them. In my ongoing dostadning efforts, I ran across these three titles and decided I might revisit them over the next few days.
The weather forecast for today: sunshine and lovely temps. I plan/hope to take a walk to the Franciscan Monastery early afternoon to view the grounds. I’ve not been at all this season. Who cares about spring allergies?
Joining Kat and others for Unraveled Wednesday here!
March was filled still with lotsa cold temps…not much outside time and when those days did arrive, I – along with the rest of the world – certainly made it my mission to get outside. Every budding flower or tree was just one more affirmation that Spring, indeed, was going to arrive. Oh, we of little faith…
I kicked off the month with an email from the host of Sunday Baroque: I’d written because I wanted to listen to the program as it was being broadcast and I wasn’t having any luck finding the right channel! Listening has been wondrous every Sunday since. To that end, on Sat, 30 March, I attended the 5 hours’ long live presentation of Wagner’s Die Walküre, boradcast in High Definition and shown in local movie theaters – in over 70 countries. T’was magic!
Quilting was the main focus of the month as we get ready for the soon-to-be-here quilt show, May 3-5. Photos 4, 11, & 18 show works by others; #12 is asnapshot of my sewing studio…
Loved the #blueskyblooms: photos15, 17, 19 & 24 … especially 15. If you look closely between the pink blossoms, you will see there’s actually a person sitting on the bench, pen and journal in hand…and no, it “ain’t me!”
The merry-go-round – # 22 – is a just.because. #27, my friend Kathy. Our newest family member, Hazel the labradoodle – niece Chris’s pup: #s 8, 9 & 29. Chris informed me that Hazel has her own Instagram account. She, Hazel, that is, has been approached for modeling gigs ~ she’s very photogenic, according to Chris!
Looking forward to all that April will unfold. Have a great weekend!
(sunrise ~ 6:36 am)
Today, Morning Solitude and Quiet Time, extended beyond noon. T’wasn’t in the plan but it just felt like the right thing to do on this last Tuesday of February. I was busy reading, thinking and plotting – focused on my 2018 word: habit … and also becoming acquainted with the latest iOS for my Apple iPhone and iPad. I am not one to rush to install those upgrades…I usually wait til the kinks are worked out. I took several selfies and looking at them using the “LIVE” feature had me howling. Kinda creepy…but fun! That, however, wasn’t contributing to my focus for the day: zeroing in on [those] daily activities that translate into healthy habits that are good for me and help me fulfill creative urges and experiments.
Not that I’ve not known this for probably all my adult, at least, life: habits are hard to make and break! Be that as it may, I shall press on… and one day, someday, I’ll have succeeded in accomplishing my quest. Watch this space. Are you working on making or breaking a habit?
Joining Juliann and others for a monthly word update, here!
are spectacular sunrises and new kimono sweaters:
sunrise at 7:23:13 am
new kimono sweaters
The story behind the kimono: shortly before Christmas, my friend Diane sent me a text inviting me to look at the above kimono on HSN…she thought I’d like it, especially since it came in my favorite color…and she’d bought one for herself – in red (her fave color, I do believe). I thought, why not and told her to go ahead and order. They came; we both liked and decided to wear to quilt meeting today…
I thought is was fun that Mother Nature also decided to display reds and yellows for today’s sunrise…t’was very dramatic and a delight to watch. Tomorrow, Tuesday 8 January, the temperature’s set to rise to 60 degrees…and come Wednesday, drop precipitously, rain and perhaps even snow by week’s end. Guess that’s January.
Waterlogue version of sunset – approx 4:26 pm…
Original version of sunset – approx 4:26 pm…
Either way, I like them both. Do you have a favorite? Have a great weekend.
The day started bright, with the promise of sunshine all day… well, that was short lived. Sunrise, at 7:03 am and the morning high, 41° F was as good as it was going to get. Within an hour, clouds had moved in and winds picked up – making it feel like 32°.
This afternoon, I took a shorter and brisker walk than planned ’cause it’s downright windy and cold —brrr. Even though the Winter Solstice is just 24 days away, I’m really not ready for winter. You?
After my very abbreviated and brisk walk, I was so thankful to step inside our warm house. So very thankful.