“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot, and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
-Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
-Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: The Road Taken and Wanderlust
(Update: Umm… so having felt a …er..wee bit guilty about using a post from a past challenge, here is the dedicated one for Wanderlust: Oh Wanderlust! The places you take me… )
All I Ask Is Heaven Above…
LUMINOUS sapphire skies
Woolgathering in glee
Bubbles of fantasy…
IN amber fairy dust
Blooms n’ buzzing bees
Racing to the horizon
The rolling emerald fields
Road Trip. 2016. To Mackinac Island. Some iPhone pictures of the road, taken on the road. No filter or enhancing was needed for the stunning blues and greens.
On reaching the Mackinaw City, we took a ferry to the Mackinac Island all bikes no motor vehicles.
Ever since I read it the first time in high school, R.L. Stevenson’s The Vagabond stayed with as a beautiful memory appealing my ‘wanderer self’. I LOVE this poem. I cant help but reproduce it here and see if you feel it speak to your soul as it did to mine.
The Vagabond by Robert Louis Stevenson
THE SPIRIT OF THE KITES, AGAINST THE ODDS!
BEFORE we came, and after we arrived
The mountains moved, and the waters realigned
But gravity stayed, rigid, un-compromised.
FOUR kingdoms subservient to the Gravity gods
Yet these puny kites, how they soar ‘n how they drop
The spirit of the kites, flying against the odds…
(The above picture shows summer skies of 2016 in Mackinac Island, Michigan. While the island and the waters and the people, all earthbound, were enjoying the the sunshine from down below, a dozen kites took flight and dared for the skies…)
THE TWILIGHT TREE
THE waning sun
The sky blue still
The night to come
The heart athrill
THE tree so bare
Looks up to the sky
The sunset’s glare
The darkness nigh
IT’S arms outspread
It’s soul inviting
A tree beckons
With love abiding
Its Spirit free
All over, burning
The Twilight Tree..
Twilights are one of my favorite times of the day. It is a short time when two worlds merge, creating a third, evanescent one. This poem is dedicated to twilight and the witnessing tree.
It was a particularly sunny and warm day, and the sky was dotted with an amoeba-like shape made up of lots and lots of black wings, elongating and twisting, as the party moved from tree to tree. The above picture (no filter applied) is a moment in time when hundreds of birds were perched on the leaf-less tree tops, a sight to see as they stopped awhile, and before I knew it, they were soaring back in the fresh blue skies!
And below is the picture (transfer filter on iPhone). I love the color and how it changes the mood…
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