Sunday, October 25, 2009

Brand New Day

Lyrics by Van Morrison. Photos by me. Colours by Mother Nature. Please remember to click on each image to enlarge.

When all the dark clouds roll away

And the sun begins to shine

I see my freedom from across the way

And it comes right in on time

Well it shines so bright and it gives so much light

And it comes from the sky above

Makes me feel so free, makes me feel like me

And lights my life with love

And it seems like and it feels like

And it seems like yes it feels like

A brand new day, yeah

A brand new day.


NJ said...

What a great way to start my morning by reading this! Beautiful!

Zuzana said...

Ah, such a wonderful set of images with a truly perfect text-lyrics to follow.;)
I can not believe that I am the first to comment today on this absolutely beautiful walk through autumn nature. I love all the images today.
Have a wonderful week dear friend.

Zuzana said...

Almost the first.;)

Jinksy said...

Guess your camera works overtime on a morning like this...

Mental P Mama said...

Absolute perfection. Good morning;)

Tabor said...

What a nice entry to this fall morning.

Country Girl said...

Van Morrison is one of my all-time favorites. Love this set of images and the lyrics you have posted with them today. Have a beautiful one, my friend.

Angie Ledbetter said...

So glad you and Mother Nature are such good friends.

Maggie May said...

Brand new days are lovely, aren't they? A time to start a new if the day before has gone badly. Or a time to give thanks that you HAVE a new day to enjoy!

Love your photos.

Nuts in May

the Bag Lady said...

Wow. Just wow.

Anonymous said...

Is that where you live? So beautiful. Truly lovely pics.,and perfect text.

Unknown said...

BEautiful and lovely shots !! Nice post !! Thanks for sharing...Unseen Rajasthan

Brian Miller said... sing so pretty with your camera...smiles.

RuneE said...

A very nice way to describe the autumn - by all three of you :-)

Thank you for the nice comments!

Hilary said...

love it!!!! but then I love Van Morrison, and I love your photos.

Grayquill said...

I think you need to ask Ontario officials for a contract - so you can be compensated as Ontario’s number one promoter. Expect newbies to start rolling into you area. We have Silvia in our area doing the same thing, as if Seattle needs any more people clogging up the highways. Ha!
Your pictures make Ontario look extraordinarily inviting.

ethelmaepotter! said...

Beautiful! Glad to see Mother Nature is smiling on somebody.
Van Morrison is so very unique...I love his "These Are the Days."
I had to laugh out loud at the comment you left on my Mother Nature post. Hilarious! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

You and Van Morrison do nice work together :)

~JarieLyn~ said...

This is a great post. I love all the photos of your countryside. It is majestic and I am taken away to that place in my mind.

Thank you.

imac said...

What a wonderful post, and a bevvy of Natures wonders all captured 1st class.
Certainly makes one glad to be living - when you see whats out there.

Thanks for your visit and kind comments.

Elizabeth Bradley said...

And isn't it amazing, we always have a brand new day to look forward to, no matter what? Love the pics, love the lyrics.

Deb Shucka said...

You and Van make a great team! This was gorgeous. Thank you.

Frank Baron said...

One of my favourite songs from my favourite composer to accompany pics from my favourite photographer.

Nice. :)

Before you know it, you're gonna be watching baseball. And liking it. ;)

Merisi said...

What a bright morning! I love the brilliant colours, the reds, thank you for sharing all this beauty with us! :-)

Hilary said...

• Thanks, NJ. I'm glad you had a good start to your day. :)

• Thank you, Protege, my friend. You were SO close to being first but NJ beat you to it this time. ;) Thanks always for the kind words. Tomorrow is an even brighter day for you, eh? ;)

• Jinsky, it sure does. Thanks for dropping by . :)

• Good Morning (almost evening now) to you too, MPM. Thanks for the kind words. :)

• Thanks, Tabor. I'm glad you think so. :)

• Thanks kindly, Kate. Much appreciated. I'm glad you enjoyed the post, my friend. :)

• Thanks, Angie. I'm glad you think so. :)

• That's exactly right, Maggie May. I'm always grateful that you stop by. :)

• Thanks for stopping by, Baggie. :)

• Thanks kindly, Moannie. Many of them were taken around the pond in the park a few steps from home. Many were snapped in Frank's neck of the woods (an hour+ away). A couple were from a recent road trip. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

• Thanks very much, UR. Much appreciated. :)

• Brian, ha! If you could really hear me, you'd be running away with ears covered. But thanks for the kind sentiment. ;)

• Thanks kindly, RuneE. Much appreciated by the full trio. ;)

• Thank you, Hilary. I knew you liked Van (Into the Mystic greets me whenever I visit your blog) so I'm glad you enjoyed this post. Thanks always for visiting. :)

• Grayquill, thanks so much for the very kind words. Good thing I didn't really sing in this post or you'd be asking someone to take out a contract on me! Ontario is indeed a beautiful province. Thank you so much for thinking that my photos do it justice. :)

• Thanks kindly, EthelMae. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post. The sun has been smiling in dribs and drabs lately but I've been able to take advantage of it when it does. Thanks always for stopping by. :)

• Thanks very much, MT. I'm glad you think so. :)

• Thanks so much JarieLyn. I'm glad you could enjoy mini mind vacation. :)

• Thanks very much for the kind words, iMac. Much appreciated. :)

• Very true, Elizabeth. Thanks so much for the kind words. :)

• Thanks kindly, Deb. I wonder if Van would agree... nah! ;)

• Thank you, Frank. I'm glad to hear that I'm your favourite photographer. You get brownie points for that. I expect I'll get some too for sitting through a ball game and saying that I like it. ;)

• Thanks very much, Merisi. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Much appreciated. :)

Dianne said...

what a wonderful progression of photos
the very first one is really exceptional, it has that photo goddess stamp to it that I've mentioned before

and the lyrics really add to the enjoyment of the photos

Sarah Anne said...

Oh, beautiful! I love the lighting in these!

Kat said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!! :)

Bogey said...


Some words are wasted,
and just don't belong.
While others are magical,
whether in rhyme or in song.
Pictures, worthy of a 1000 words,
a thousand words at best.
Combined with your creative touch,
puts you heads up above the rest!

Magical Hilary. Loved it all.

Cloudia said...

Such a lovely post. Thanks for inviting us along through Autumnal splendor Ontario style :]

Aloha, Friend!

Comfort Spiral

Wendy said...

Loved your pictures
Loved the words
Loved the colours
Loved the birds
Birds? Well I had to think of something to make it rhyme! LOL!

Great post - nice to see the canadian geese swimming in the water.

Midlife Roadtripper said...

The orange, the red. Truly tremendous. I've forgotten how beautiful the fall colors can be.

MaggieGem said...

Wonderful shots of the foliage! I've looking forward to seeing the autumn colors since early September. Thanks for sharing.

Leah J. Utas said...

Gorgeous. And so very well matched.

Unknown said...

Awesome Hilary, I especially love the first photo of those fabulous trees.

Suldog said...

Wow. I keep thinking that you can't possibly keep upping the ante via even better photos than the last time, but I am constantly proven wrong. Fantastic. I especially like the shot with the striped shadows.

Daryl said...

Fantastic .. the words are all the more wonderful with your photos to accompany them!

Cheffie-Mom said...

Oh, the yellows, oranges and greens are wonderful!! BEAUTIFUL!! Thank you!!

Margo said...

Thank you for the fall fix! Your pictures are really stunning. The fourth one really has an Ansel Adams thing going on. Beautiful!

Reb said...

Lovely, just lovely. Really like the sun breaking through the first one.

Nessa said...

You have illustrated the song so beautifully.

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Anonymous said...

Very nice set of photographs in this post.

SandyCarlson said...

I could hear the man as I moved through these De-Light-Ful images!

Unknown said...

This is fabulous! I love it. I've been seeing your cute little face on lots of blogs I follow so I thought I'd come...

please come by the respite sometime.

much love

Tom Bailey said...

I like the saddowed slat picture. It looks like a prison or something.

The only Can Morrision song I ever knew was the brown eyed girl one before this.

ds said...

Oh, glorious! Every time I thought I had a favorite shot, a better one came along...and you matched the lyrics perfectly (now if only I knew the tune; Like Tom before me, I know only "Brown Eyed Girl" which is my shame). Will have to find this song. Many many thanks for this!

P.S. Here's a link that might interest you:

Hilary said...

• Dianne, thank you so much. Your kind comments always make me feel wonderful. Thanks, friend. :)

• Thanks, Georgie. I'm glad you like them. :)

• Thank you, Kat. Much appreciated. :)

• Bogey,

Your own way with words
From the heart and the mind
Are simple but lovely
And incredibly kind
Thank you for sharing
These words set to rhyme
You're one in a million
Your kindness - sublime

Thanks so much. :)

• Thank you, Cloudia. I'm so glad you could join me. Aloha! :)

• Wendy,

These downy friends, they sure are birds
They come in flocks, they honk their words
When some fly off, their sound increases
Exclaiming "Honk if you love geeses!"

Thanks for the kind words, Wendy. ;)

• Thanks so much, MJ. It's even easy to forget just how wonderful, from season to season. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thank you, Maggie. I don't think we're fully done yet. At least I'm not done. I'll have more outdoor photos over the next couple of weeks. Thanks always for stopping by. :)

• Thank you, Leah. I'm glad you think so. :)

• Thanks very kindly, Jane. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks so much for your always-kind words, Suldog. That was taken in my kitchen when the sun was shining through the Venetian blinds early one morning. :)

• Thanks very much, Daryl. I'm so glad you liked them. :)

• Thank YOU, Cheffie. Much appreciated. :)

• Thank you so much for the kind compliment, Margo. That means so much to me. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks very much, Reb. Always a lovely compliment coming from you. :)

• Thank you, Nessa. :)

• Thanks kindly, Abe. :)

• Thanks so much, Sandy. You're De-Best! ;)

• Welcome, Stacey and thanks so much for the kind words. I'll be sure to stop by to visit you soon. Thanks so much for the dropping in. :)

• Thanks for stopping by, Tom. That prison is my kitchen. ;) Van Morrison is an incredibly prolific songwriter and performer. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks very much, DS. Van Morrison had, and continues to have many great songs, thougt Brown-eyed Girl was the one that was played everywhere. Of course, so was Moondance - you must know that one too. :) Thanks for the link. I'm a regular reader of Louise's blog, but I'll take note of that one as a recommendation from you. Thanks kindly. :)

Anonymous said...


Indrani said...

So well matched the verses and the pics, as if the pics came first and then the verses were written for them.

LadyFi said...

Fantastic, wonderful - love it!

ellen abbott said...

Very nice Hilary. I love that first photo though they are all wonderful. I always have to wait to see your posts when I am back in the city when I am on high speed.

SandyCarlson said...

Back for another dose of light!

Anita said...

Fall is so beautiful! Your pictures make me want to go out and get some of my own. All I have to do is step out of my door. :) I may do that tomorrow! Thanks for the inspiration.

Shammickite said...

Hi Hilary... you may have wondered about my lack of blogging and commenting recently... or then again, maybe not... I've had some computer meltdowns, but I seem to be back to normal now. Your fall pictures are beautiful, and perfectly illustrate the song lyrics, gorgeous! And I was moved by your tribute to your childhood buddy Evan. He seems to have made quite an impression on all his friends and workmates at the radio station. What a loss to his family, his sons, and to everyone who loves him.

Nancy said...

Beautiful pics and the words were meant to tag along.

Hilary said...

• Thanks, KC. :)

• Thanks so much, Indrani. That's a fine compliment. :)

• Thank you, LadyFi. I'm glad you do. :)

• Thanks, Ellen. I'm glad you're back on high speed and I'm sorry that my photos load so slowly on dial up. I'm just glad you get here when you can. Thanks for that. :)

• Always happy to see you back here, Sandy. :)

• Thank you, Anita. I hope you do go out and snap some shots. I'm glad that I could inspire you to do so. I hope you'll share them soon. :)

• Welcome back, Shammie. I did wonder about your absence but I try not to worry until someone is gone for TOO long. I'm glad your computer woes are resolved. Thanks so much for your very kind words about my post about Evan and my photos. You sure know how to make me smile. Thanks for that. :)

• Thanks very much, Nancy. Much appreciated. :)

Saz said...

these images remind me of upstate new york where l once lived..beautiful and evocative , love the Man

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos!

Hilary said...

* Thanks very much FF&F. We're really not far from upstate NY, so it's not surprising that you'd see similarities. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for stopping by. :)

* Thanks kindly, Rain. Much appreciated. :)

Teri and her Stylish Cats ~ Coco the Couture Cat, Brighton, Disco NoFurNo and Kely said...

Something about fall, the colors and crunch and crispness...before the rains hit hard anyway. Lovely photos and it made me take some of my backyard today...

Hilary said...

Thanks, Teri. I'm glad to hear that this post inspired some photos of your own. I hope to see them soon. Thanks for the visit. :)