Friday, October 21, 2016

Golden Light after the Storm

There's something joyous about seeing the storm pass by, with the clouds announcing golden leftover light, the sun's warmth filtering through the mist left by the passing storm.

A beautiful moment like that happened yesterday.


I was inside when the world all around me just seemed... golden.


Going outside the skies were ablaze in the goldenness.


The storm had just passed and the last golden rays of sunshine for the day were warming the misty shadows.


Rain... rain... rain.... it had rained all day until I thought we might need to find an ark to navigate about in.


The golden light bathed Simba in its warmth... but he didn't look none too thrilled, now did he?


The show didn't last long...


 but just long enough...


... for me to breathe in its radiant glow, and thank the Master Painter once again for the glow that had not only filled the skies, but my heart.


Poor Roger... he worries about me in moments like this.  What is up there that you are looking at? 


 Ah well... a drink of rain water makes everything better...


The goldenness melted into misty pinks over the mountaintops...


My gaze coming back to rest on the terra firma... and this little rose bush burning brightly caught my eye,as if it had picked up and held close the golden light too.


And my garden lightly bathed in the waning light, rests quietly, its season now passed.


Bits of golden light still dancing around, capturing Annie in a moment of deep thought.


Wet pine needles, downed from the storm... a carpet of golden delight.


Our little blazing maple, now quiet and still, the storm and rain having dethroned her leafy covering.


The ground covered with the fallen leaves... signs the beloved season has passed far too soon.


Annie's attention was suddenly quite intense.  I knew better than to ask "what is it?".  I moved quietly to her side to see...


A staring contest.... intense.  Fierce.  In her mind, life and death perhaps.


Her gaze never faltered, nor did Annie's.  I stood amazed.  I watched her two fawns romp in the background.  And yet, she never gave in.  She knows me.  She knows Annie.  I raised my camera gently, taking the pictures.  She never moved.  She was not afraid.  I took a step to get a better vantage point ... too close.... and heard her "PFFTTT" and off they went.  Not another sound, not a leaf, not a twig, nothing.  The forest was quiet again.  Annie shifted her stance, and rubbed against me.

Early today I heard a shot ring out in the woods behind us.  I hope it wasn't her.  She knows us well, and comes by often to watch us.  She has learned to stay out of reach of the dogs, and her fawns play happily around while she and Annie stare each other down.  I too have enjoyed my visits with her.


It was time to close up the chickens for the night.  I turned the light on and did my usual head count.


All cozied up and resting quietly for the night ahead.

Annie and I headed inside.  The golden light had faded, and my hot cup of tea was waiting... and this little poem wrote itself in my heart as I sipped my tea, and watched the lingering shadows accept the final embrace of darkness.








53 comments:

  1. I enjoyed those magical moments with you. You painted a picture with your words, reinforced with the photos. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Marie, it is always a delight to see what beautiful things the Lord has for us in His creation. I appreciate your visit so much, and hope you are having a lovely weekend :)

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  2. We have had storms pass by here too - it is just part of our coastal fall weather. There will be more through the winter ahead.....the wet ground makes it so easy for them ( deer) to run as it would seem silently. One can almost imagine wings on them.....beautiful photo's of the golden light makes me think of golden wings.

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    1. We are definitely getting more rain this year than usual, but that is a good thing. I think this does confirm my suspicion that this winter is going to be much more of a winter than the last previous years. Yes, the deer almost seem to have wings, I agree! :)

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  3. Glad you made it through. Sounds like a beautiful life to me.

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    1. Thanks Laura, with the Lord, all things are beautiful! Hugs to you today dear friend!

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  4. I've never lived such an experience, storms in Northern Italy aren't so frequent, but I'm glad you were safe at home, able to catch the wonderful sky and the so lovely creatures you've given us as a gift this morning, thank you my dearest Marilyn !


    Wishing you a most wonderful weekend ever,
    I'm sending my dearest love to you

    Xx Dany

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    1. We don't usually get much in the way of storms here, but we certainly have been getting our fair share of rain lately, which we are quite thankful for. It does seem that this winter we may have a lot more snow coming. Appreciate your sweet visit and comments, they just bless and warm my heart so much! Hugs to you dear friend, praying you are enjoying a lovely weekend too!

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  5. First, Simba. So gorgeous!
    You are in just the right spot. You're covered and enlightened. It's the perfect occasion for a poem.

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    1. He was in just the right spot, wasn't he, lol! Appreciate your visit and comment my friend, praying your weekend is lovely and relaxed! :)

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  6. Beautiful captures of the golden light after the storm Marilyn. Your poem at the end is perfect. I hope the mama deer escaped the hunter. I noticed a doe and 2 young ones in the field the other day knowing deer season is coming and wondering if she'd be taken from her young. That makes me sad. We are under a heavy tropical rain storm watch today but it is mild. The cool down comes tomorrow and next week. Have a blessed weekend. Hugs. Pam

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    1. Thank you Pam, I appreciate your kind words. I hope my deer friend is fine. I am going to walk today and hope to see her. It makes me sad too. We do hunt for venison, but would never shoot a momma. I don't know that other hunters feel as we do, and because it is state land behind us, we can't help what they do. Just hope. I hope you don't get too much rain from the storm, just enough. Hugs to you today dear friend!

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  7. Another beautiful post, thank you Marilyn. Hope you have a lovely day, friend.

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    1. Appreciate you Linda, praying you are having a blessed weekend my friend!

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  8. Beautiful post..lovely photo's. My kind of life indeed.

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    1. A life lived with the Lord is beautiful indeed! He opens my eyes to see the beauty around me, and I never want to take that for granted. Hugs to you today my friend!

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  9. All so beautiful, Marilyn! And your poem....soaks into the soul and brings peace. Love to you, my dear friend!

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    1. Yes, my soul soaked up the moment, and peace, yes, sweet peace was there. Walking with the Lord is a beautiful thing, such wondrous things we can see and hear, if we only listen. Appreciate you dear friend, praying the Lord is blessing you! We must "chat" soon, how are things with you? I pray often for you in this transition season of your life. Hugs!

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  10. Beautiful pictures and a beautiful post to go with them! I enjoyed Annie and the deer...my heart skipped a beat as you told of the gunshot. Oh I hope it wasn't your dear deer friend!!

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    1. I hope it wasn't her too! I am about to go walk with Annie this morning, and hope to see her. I know that other hunters are not as careful as we are to not shoot a momma. We can hope and pray that she is okay. I enjoy seeing her and her fawns daily. Hugs to you today dear friend!

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  11. So beautiful, sweet friend. And, the poem is just precious. Your photos make me feel like I am right there with you bursting forth into praises to our Almighty, wonderful Lord!! Sending you love and hugs this beautiful autumn day!

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    1. Thank you dear Cheryl, always such a blessing and encouragement you are to me! Oh yes, the praises roll forth from our hearts to our Lord, in agreement! Hugs and love sent to you today :)

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  12. Beautiful pictures and a beautiful story to go with them! I try to enjoy every season that we are blessed with.

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    1. Thank you Lori for your visit and kind words, they mean so much, and yes, we must enjoy each season as it comes, there is joy to be found in each! Hugs to you today :)

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  13. So beautiful <3
    www.sissihope.blogspot.ch

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    1. Thank you so much for your visit, I appreciate it very much! :)

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  14. Marilyn what beautiful photos as always :-) it has rained quite a bit here in the mountains also, but it is so nice to breathe the clean, fresh air afterwards :D have a blessed week! Maria

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    1. Oh yes, the calm after the storm is just so refreshing! Thank you for your sweet visit Maria, hugs to you my friend!

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  15. The beautiful story of nature unfolds at your place. Loved it all, especially how close you got to that deer. And those chickens! So cute. I like the pines too; we have several on our property. Have a good week ahead!

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    1. Thank you Mary, it is always a joy to have you visit, appreciate your kind comments so much! Hugs to you today!

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  16. Hi Marilyn! Those golden hues are just gorgeous! I'm glad you had your camera handy when the sky inspired. How amazing that you are friends with a deer :) I REALLY hope your friend is still around, and that gunshot wasn't meant for her/him.
    Your words in the photo/meme were just lovely. Isn't it just lovely to have such inspiration right outside your door? It truly is a wonderful world.
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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    1. She is still here! My husband saw her in the woods, watching him, lol. She is a special deer for sure! Thank you for your sweet words, they mean so much to me, and I pray you are having a blessed week so far :)

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  17. So enjoyed your fall photos in your neck of the woods. Also seeing your dogs, the cats & the chickens and the deer. Lucky you to see them so close by.

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    1. Thank you Ida, it is a blessing to live here, and I praise God daily for it. I'm happy you enjoy the pictures. Hope you are having a wonderful week so far :)

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  18. I love all the photos..especially of the chickens! We, too, have chickens and I always love pictures of them! :) You asked on my blog about our outdoor wood stove. We love it! It keeps the mess of the dirt (of wood) out of the house but keeps everything so cozy! There is a pipe underground that carries water that the wood stove heats into our home and then the heat from the water is blown into our house (somehow) and keeps us warm! :) It has saved us SO much money on gas bills too! Our gas bill was ridiculous years ago...now it's itty bitty! :)

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    1. Thank you for your response about the outdoor wood stove! My husband and I have talked about doing that, but have balked at the startup expense. It seems like quite an amazing way to enjoy the wood heat, without the hassle of the dirt inside! And I like saving money on the heating bill too! Appreciate your return visit and look forward to getting to know you better. Hugs to you today!

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  19. What a lovely post! I love the light in autumn! So beautiful.

    Thank you for your kind comments on my blog today. I'm going to add your blog to my blog friends list!

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    1. Why thank you for doing that, I will do the same! So happy to have met you, and appreciate your visit here, and look forward to getting to know you better :) Hugs to you today!

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  20. Your camera lens captures beauty and radiance, right and left. Some stunning shots here, friend!

    You are gifted ...

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    1. Thanks Linda, your kind comments here mean so much to me! Hugs to you today (hope you are feeling better!)

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  21. I enjoy a good rain, but not always a storm. Nice photos

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    1. Yes, the storm part is not always so fun, for sure! Appreciate your visit today!

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  22. Lovely golden light. I hope and pray that the shot that rang out wasn't your sweet deer either. Thank you so much for dropping by my blog via Rural Magazine. I can see we both love the outdoors, nature and our furry babies.

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    1. She is still safe :) My husband saw her in the woods staring at him, and we just hope that she stays on our property where she is safe! Yes, it was a delight to visit you via the Rural Magazine, and I really enjoyed your pictures! So happy to meet you, and appreciate your return visit! :)

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  23. I love to watch storms, especially down by the beach when the wind whips up the waves and skies turn colors. I hope your doe friend is safe and she visits again soon. :)

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    1. Storms always make life more interesting, there is no doubt about that! Yes, our dear deer friend is safe! My husband saw her in the woods with her fawns. I hope she understands she is safe on our property. :)

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  24. Very nice...about every fourth picture is showing; the remainder have those rotten blue question marks, but I was able to go through the thumbnails to see what you were talking about. The light is very beautiful just now and, after a storm, is a little more dramatic than ever. I hope that you see the doe and her fawns again.

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    1. Oh yes, I hate when the internet slows down and everything turns into blank squares. Sometimes refreshing helps? I'm sorry for your trouble, and appreciate the time you took to try to look at each picture! We did see the momma again - my husband saw her in the woods, and we hope she understands she is safe on our property. :)

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  25. You have such a way with words and your photographs tell such amazing stories in their own right. I loved your poem...so beautiful! Be blessed my friend.

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    1. Thank you Debbie, your sweet and kind words mean so much to me! I'm glad you enjoyed the poem too :) Hope that you are doing well!

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  26. Good Morning Marilyn! I must confess I've been reading this post of yours for 2 days! Lol. Every time I'd get ready to comment, somebody needed something and I'd forget. Come back later and repeat. So...now I'm hiding from the boys so I can finally leave you a comment. ;)
    Your photos are just magnificent, I love the golden colors of the sky. Truly amazing my friend! Like I've said before you live in such a beautiful place. Thanks so much for sharing with us. I'd love to visit one day and see for myself.
    Loved your poem!
    Enjoy your week.
    Hugs, Amy

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    1. Oh how well I remember those days! Treasure them! Its amazing how fast our kids grow up, and you look back and wonder where the moments went to. Thank you for taking the time to come back and comment though, I always appreciate and love your visits so much! Life is busy, but we are blessed aren't we! Hugs to you today dear friend!

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  27. I love the glow in the sky, so pretty. The doe and her fawns would be such a joy to see, hopefully everyone is safe and you get to enjoy their presence again. The chickens are so sweet, still wish I had some. My husband keeps saying no but maybe one day. I hope you have a lovely weekend, Kelly.

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