Sunday, May 3, 2015

May Day!

Oh what a glorious day MAY DAY was here this year!  Many years it is rainy, cool, overcast and not the most perfect day to have a MAY DAY celebration.  But this year - it was perfect!  Beautiful skies, without a cloud in the sky.  Our local community teams up on the first Saturday of May to have a yard sale/garage sale bonaza!  The newspaper advertises the sales for free, plus provides a map with the location highlighted and numbered for easy reference.  It is truly an exciting time for everyone to get out and see their neighbors and find a treasure or two.   My son and daughter both went with me, and it was wonderful finding little bargains here and there, and visiting with people in the community on such a beautiful day.  The downtown area of our town had streets blocked off so people could set up their tables, and vendors were selling food and various handcrafted items.  It was just a wonderful day!


Towards the end of the evening, I decided to take the dogs over to the river to watch the sun set.  When I arrived, the most beautiful ending to the day was taking place.



A cool breeze was blowing, and as the sun was setting, I was glad I had brought along my jacket.


The moon was rising off to the east, just as the sun was casting her fiery glow across the water.


All was completely, quietly still.... except of course for my rambunctious dogs!



 





 The light was constantly changing as the sun sunk lower and lower off the horizon, causing more dramatic silhouette effects on the scene.


Turning away from the setting sun, the light was soft and mellow, and the dogs splashed happily.

 I suddenly rethought the fact I brought them here at dark - in the water - wet - WHAT was I thinking?


Sigh.  I just wanted to see the sunset, and in my excitement forgot what happens when you mix dogs, water, and dirt ... at dark!


A big muddy shivery shaking mess, that's what!


But then as my gaze turned back to the setting sun.... I forgave myself, because I wouldn't have come without the dogs to see this beautiful sight.  My dear husband is out of town and now that our kids are teenagers, they have better things to do than hang out with mom watching sunsets... lol! So... rather than watch the sunset alone, I was glad for the company of the dogs... albeit, now wet, cold and stinky!


Their joy was contagious and I felt it too, only wishing I had a smidgen of their energy as they ran up and down the beach!



Could there be a more beautiful way to end the day... I think not!


The moon rose higher and higher in the horizon, shining brightly as the sun's rays disappeared.


Watch out for the rocks and dirt... the dogs are about to slide in for a quick hug and scratch, and then they're off to the races again!


Lovely... just lovely!





I loved this picture of the moon covered in the lacy branches of the bush as it shadowed the launch of the moon.


Then... the stillness and quiet was pierced by loud squawks and calls of the geese.  Apparently they had decided that sunset was the time to make their way into the water for the night.  As I sat on the beach, I heard the baby goslings coming.  They couldn't fly, and were making their way into the water running as fast as their little legs could carry them.


Annie and Roger had to get locked up in the truck as the babies were hurrying into the water.


What a beautiful sight it was to see the geese landing, and the babies swimming and calling out to each other.


Such gentle beauty as I watched them swim together.



It was time for me to go, yet it was hard to leave as I listened to the music the geese were making.


But the sun had set, and now it was time to take the wet smelly dogs home.

As I left this place of beauty, I was thankful that in my heart I held the memories of this wonderful day and the glorious sunset that perfected it all.  HAPPY MAY DAY to you!   :)  


24 comments:

  1. Ah, lovely. Was that LaClerc? g

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    1. Yes indeed, it was a lovely way to end the day! Thanks for your visit and comment :)

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  2. What a beautiful evening and wow all those pictures are amazing! I really like the duck ones.

    I hope you are doing well and are having a good week. It's been busy here, but when isn't it, really?! With summer fast approaching, you won't see me on here much. I'm one of those bust bees going place to place.


    Hugs to you, Amy

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    1. It was a wonderful evening Amy! Whenever the sun shines here, the sunsets are always stunning. My problem is just making time to go over to the river at the right time, lol! It was so amazing to see the geese come in right as the sun was setting too.

      I know how busy summer is, and will miss seeing you around, but it is probably true for most of us, the busyness of summer may keep us from posting as often. I hope you'll drop in when you can. Always enjoy your visits and comments!

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  3. Hello, my dear! First of all, thank you so much for the lovely visit to my blog. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your comments :)

    And secondly, your pictures are stunning! I loved seeing the moon behind the tree branches and the reflection of the sun on the water took my breath away. Thank you for blessing my evening. Enjoy your week! Hugs!

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    1. I just loved your blog, it is so full of wonderful thoughts, pictures and ideas. I look forward to getting to know you better. Thank you for your sweet comments about my pictures. It is a true love of mine to capture the beauty around me that the Lord has created. Most of the time the camera and I never do it justice, but we do try! Thank you for visiting today! Hugs :)

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  4. I felt as if I were there with you...enjoying each moment as the sun set, watching the geese slide into the glass like water.
    The image of the moon behind the branches is stunning.
    Have a wonderful week.
    Debbie

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    1. Oh thank you Debbie! I'm so glad that the pictures allowed you to feel the emotions I was feeling as I was capturing them! I really was just amazed at the beauty of it all, but then - I never cease to be amazed at the beauty of the Lord's creation around me. I'm glad you stopped by for a visit today. Hugs :)

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  5. Your May Day embraced you with beauty, the sunset and moon photos stirred emotions in my heart.
    Thank you for visiting me and leaving behind a sweet comment.
    xx,
    Vera

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    1. It was a beautiful day and so wonderful to capture the moon rising too. I am glad you enjoyed :) Thanks for repaying the visit! I look forward to visiting more with you!

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  6. Your day sounds absolutely perfect! Starting out with a community garage sale and ending in such beauty! I don't think it gets any better than that!!

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    1. Yes, it was a marvelous day - beautiful, warm, lots of bargains, and a lovely sunset to end it all! No, it doesn't get much better than this! Thank you for stopping by and visiting!

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  7. What a feast for the eyes and the soul! Your photos are just beautiful. Thankyou for stopping by my blog and adding a sweet comment....Mimi xxx

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    1. Thank you, it was a marvelous day! I am glad that I was able to share it with you! I am glad to have found you too! :) Thanks for the visit!

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  8. Wow! Beautiful photographs! I like the last one best. :-)

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words, and for your visit too! I appreciate it very much!

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  9. I LOOOOOVE sunsets, and the moon lately has been breathtaking. Happy May!

    Hugs,
    Kelley~

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    1. Yes, the moon was just gorgeous and it was wonderful that it was coming up as the sun was going down, and I got to enjoy both! Happy travels to you my friend :)

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  10. What a lovely May Day tradition! And great photos.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Yes, I think it is a marvelous way to announce spring here! It is just a wonderful day to be out in the community, and to see everyone! Thanks for your visit Amalia :)

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  11. Beautiful photo's! I smiled. I just wrote about the robins and you about the geese. It's hard not to notice the nesting birds around us isn't it? There is something about those warm colours in the sunset that appeal to me and it may have something to do with the fact that here on the coast it isn't something you see in winter. The colours as a general rule are much cooler.

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    1. Isn't that wonderful how the creation of the Lord speaks to us! I find such inspiration all around me, and don't have to look very far! I know that if the Lord took such finite care to create all the beautiful things in the universe with such precision, that He certainly can take care of me :) It calms my soul to know that!

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  12. Beautiful sunset, I love all the nature, so calming and peaceful. Thanks for visiting me and leaving your kind comment. Enjoy this day the Lord has given to us.

    Sylvia at A Grandma's Blessings

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    1. Thank you Sylvia! I live in some beautiful country, and we haven't even been able to see within 50 miles all there is to see! Our idea of fun is getting out and exploring the beauty the Lord created for us :) I consider myself blessed, very blessed! Have a wonderful day yourself, enjoying the beauty the Lord has given us!

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