What is it about spring that makes us want to go outside and play in the dirt? Is it the warm, earth-scented breezes that draw us outside, or the warmth of the sun, or the intensity of green that brings such delight to our eyes? Or perhaps it’s the birds, filling the morning air with song, as they go about building nests for their families. I imagine it is life, calling us forth to join in the return of light and warmth, growth and change.
We had a lot of rain in the early spring months here in North Carolina. Everywhere you look, flowers are blooming, trees and bushes are lush with spring green leaves, the grass, a soft carpet of beneath our feet.
Now as we near the summer solstice, the bright green of spring is deepening into the dark green of summer. We have had a few days of uncomfortable heat and humidity, but in between, Mother Nature has gifted us with absolutely perfect days of cool weather, pleasant breezes, bright sunshine. They are the kind of days I where I simply cannot go inside, intent on savoring every minute of clear blue skies and fresh air. In fact, this coming week has a few days predicted with highs in the 70s.
I know that soon the heat and humidity will fall on us, like a heavy wet blanket draped over our shoulders and our bright blue sky enveloped in a pall of hazy white. But, for now, I will cherish each low humidity day, pottering outside with my plants, listening to the chorus of birds in the trees.
I invite you to enjoy a beautiful day in my neighborhood:
My recipe for fun in the sun: Take a trip to the dollar store for a pair of water shooters, mix in a little sunshine, and a hose of misty water. Add two adorable grandkids and a lot of fun will fill the day. Enjoy!
She loves him.
She loves him not.
I’ve heard of shooting yourself in the foot, but the face?
Princess Poison Ivy
They started a few days ago,those prognosticators of weather. Uncertain as to the timing of the cold air and some rain, they were cautious in their forecasts. But yesterday those computer models began to agree that we would see some light snow. And so we did. So light in fact, that the front yard had no snow when I went out at 9;00 AM, but in the backyard we had a typical Southern snowfall. Not enough snow to make a snowman, but enough to nudge the imagination.
In the north, snowflakes fly fast
Entenmann’s crumb cake, anyone?
for weeks the mounds of snow can last
but in the south, our snow is light
falling like feathers in the night
it doesn’t last for very long
for soon the sun will sing its song
and so bring forth a brand new day
as it melts our Southern snow away.
a frosty bird house
flag of Nicaragua
Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour
6:00AM: the best hour of the day, or too close to your 3:00AM bedtime?
The golden hour for me is that moment the sun reappears over the horizon in the morning. That slow spread of light, washing away the dark of night heralds the promise of a new day, as yet unwritten and unblemished, open to new possibilities and opportunities. The sun brings both light and warmth, awakens the birds to sing their greeting, and unveils the world, recently in shadow, now sparkling with morning dew. As the sun rises, it sends sunbeams dancing through my room. My golden hour is one of affirmation and resolve. The doubts and failures of yesterday are forgotten in light of the promise of today. As I am writing this, the sun has been battling the clouds this morning, and just now it has found its way through, lighting my autumn dressed maple with its golden touch.
Every morning is golden, every day is a gift, a new beginning and an invitation to enjoy and celebrate all the special moments this day will bring.
Some of my golden hour photos:
sunrise off the coast of England
the sun ignites icy trees on a morning in Virginia
morning on Lake Echo,
Marshall’s Creek ,Pennsylvania
Sunrise off the coast of Alaska
Sunset and Sea
sunset and sea
the play of the light
on the clouds and the sun
combine with each other
to clearly define
my soul’s inspiration
my heart’s pure delight
as day gracefully recedes
and gives way to the night
Enjoy the sunset and have a wonderful evening!