Friday, October 7, 2011

Capturing And Holding Light At The Edge of Darkness

It is pure joy . . .  while in the garden . . .  to see the sun cresting and rising over Walnut hill into a clear crisp new day. The days are shorter now but to have the sunlight for any amount of time is welcome. 

Rain and clouds have smouthered the sun for weeks it seems, while the land and houses have absorbed the deluge of water falling and drowning out the light. 

Our spirits need light. The old farmhouse here does too and hopefully the swollen doors will dry out with the promised week of sunny days to come. Sometimes I wish I could just capture the light and hold onto it like a firefly in my hand. The rays filtering out through the cracks in my fingers . . . each like a prism . . .  each shaft of light tickling the folds of imagination that illuminate a joy for life.

Then there are the swaths of long dark shadows that diffuse the light so full of color . . . a full spectrum of possibilities. 

Sometimes light can make us dark and we must make the shadow of ourselves walk into the coolness of the green leafy shade to erase the dark. Entering into darkness to remove darkness. To linger in darkness when surrounded by sparkling light can be intriguing, dangerous or simply a silly shadow play. Shadow play can also be high art as the ancient Asian artist have shown us with their intricate puppets and captivating music. There is mystery within shadows.

It is along the edges of light and dark that I find most compelling. 

For now the gardens are awash with light and shadow and must feel like stretching towards the warmth of the sun after so many many days and nights of heavy wetness. 

The waxing moon will be visible for nights to come and even in the darkness of night, moon shadows will be cast about creating edges of light and dark. One can become lost within a garden of shadows. Enchanting and mystical stepping into layers of blackness with pathways lit up by moonlight. The many forms of shrubberies and trees become merely that . . .  a garden of forms. The many beasts of the landscape come out at night too and I can say from experience that a chilling growl in the dark can grip the heart with fear. It is in knowing the dark that we become more comfortable and understand that we too may spook ourselves and other creatures. It can be that within darkness too our inner light is illuminated.

Moonlight reflects the light of the sun back to us during the night . . . there is no warmth within the reflection but its beauty can stir up warmth within the spirit. 

Lavender mist rises up to another new day filled with light.

Looking south out towards the garden playing with light.

I hope your days are filled with the beauty and warmth of light. 
Happy New Year to those celebrating Yom Kippur. 
To those activist engaged in "Occupy Wall Street" all over the country . . . Thank YOU! You are a light of hope in our trouble country. May that light of reason enter each and every citizen's life and ignite activism towards change and peace. 

Join Katarina in Sweden's light for Floral Friday


Vilt og vakkert said...


Lovely pictures of a beautiful landscape.

I invite you to:

Put on your walking shoes, bring with your camera or paper and pen and document what you see on October 9 and link to my blog!
More information:

Join us ;:OD)
Comment on my post on Sunday, and I collect the links and make a new post on Monday!

Greetings from Bjorg Nina

Monica said...

Enjoyable ...!

easygardener said...

Beautiful pictures - I love the views and the way light changes the colours of the landscape. Unfortunately I am surrounded by buildings so rarely see the horizon :-)

Elephant's Eye said...

Holding the sun gently and safely in your hand - how clever that is, and what fascinating photos it makes!

Mia said...

Oh dear, breathtaking pictures. Everytime I wander into your garden I feel at peace :)

Larry said...

Thank you Carol, for sharing the joy! Larry

Anette said...

You show pictures to enjoy, thanks alot.

Country Gal said...

Fantastic photos. Have a wonderful day !

Gail said...

Imagine a great big smile and you will know how this post made me feel. Love the capturing light and holding it. xoxogail

sandy said...

I am grinning from ear to ear! The whole series felt magic, and then to see that you captured the sun-just amazing!

Berit said...

WOW!!!Beautiful photos.
Have a nice day!!

ann said...

Magical pictures and satisfying narrative. I am at peace. Thank you.

Cat said...

Never thought to hold the sun in my hand! Beautiful!

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful pictures from beginning to end, they tell a nice story. We too have had more than our share of rain lately and when the sun comes out it is such a delight.

Andrea said...

Dear Carol, this is a very en-light-ening post, and very symbolic too. Every photo is so meaningful, but holding those bright sparkles, i don't know how you did! Amazing. With your title I suddenly thought the time when my father in the hospital was in coma for 3 days. I talked to him 2x to follow the light, while my sisters went a bit far, sobbing. I didn't cry but i know my father gave up fighting after that advice. And he went to peace and complete love!

The Violet Fern said...

Beautiful, to hold light in your hand. Reminds me of Laurent Laveder's creative image play with the moon. You live in a truly magical place. I was admiring the tree shadows in the park just yesterday – especially love the shadows you captured.

Carol said...

Thank you for sharing the light with me everyone and for your kind words of support. I enjoyed that photo shoot a great deal and it was all just a spontaneous walkabout. Andrea, there is a symbolic deeper darkness within this post and thank you for sharing your last words with your father. Having lost my father too, I know how hard that is and send you hugs and blessings.

Carol said...

Thank you Violet Fern for the introduction to Laurent's moon photos! They are fabulous!

Katarina said...

It's poetry, Carol!
Have a lovely Sunday!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Magical them.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Carol,

Lovely post you did and great photos! You live in a piece of paradise with some gorgeous huge trees in it. Having seen this evolve is a blessing! Hard work too but so rewarding. We don't have 20 acres of sanctuary but we do have a Wildlife Habitat Certified Garden too.
As for you ending with thanking those activists, I doubt if they really have an idea how jobs are created or how a free-enterprise system works!
Love to you,


Eva said...

This assemblage of images and words, first of all, is tremendously thought-provoking. Secondly, I found them inspiring meditation as I scrolled down, ever so slowly And finally, I was simply stopped short when I saw the sunlight through your fingers. My first question was "How did she do it?" And then, "How did she envision the resulting photo?" Thank you for expressing your support of our courageous citizens. And most of all, you encourage me never to take things for granted. I'm sorry to say that I probably need daily reminders. Another truly inspired post!

Carolyn ♥ said...

Your first image captured my heart... how blessed you are to be steward over such a lovey, magical place.


Thank you for this visit to your beautiful garden at the edge of darkness!

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