Sunday, October 21, 2012
As the storm passes and evening arrives
It had been raining off and on all day. I'd worked hard to put wood into the drive shed and get the gardens started in preparation for winter...cutting back foliage that would get in the way of little things that might come early next spring, tidying up and getting rid of my constant rival for garden space - ribbon grass. I was tired and didn't want to go back outside again, though the dogs thought it might be a great idea.
I glanced out the deck door, can't remember why but do remember the blazing gold against a blue-black sky that had me turning for my camera. This elm was even more brilliant and the willows on my neighbours property along the edge of the hay field - all seemed to be spotlit with coloured gels. But isn't nature just that much more brilliant than anything man can create?
I thought so that evening.
I turn back to the centre of the "back yard."
There are many days when I hear or watch the news, listen to weather reports, look at roiling black clouds in the sky moving inexorably towards my wee church and I wonder at the darkness of it all. The negative news around the world and close to home. Nothing cheerful, nothing good happening today. Bleak outlook.
Then I am reminded so suddenly as with these images - that the earth doesn't care what the news is, or the weather reports and the only darkness is that of night following day, as is normal. Some days brilliant, others not so. All reminding me to be ever present and enjoy each passing moment - a precious gift is this life.