Thursday, August 4, 2011

"The Splendid Silent Sun"

As I continue with summer hours (random, varied and generally irregular), I am visiting less frequently and so I collect fewer than usual Posts of the Week. Wednesday's POTW will persist on being fitful as well. I hope you understand and that you're all enjoying your summer (or winter, for those of you in the southern hemisphere).

After this weekend, I'll be back at the cottage for about a week, and I'm not sure if I'm going to schedule any or many posts. I'll have to see what happens between now and departure time.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy a few of the cottage sunsets as we saw them on various nights of our last visit up there.

sunrays breaking through
After a day of cloud and wind and rain
Sometimes the setting sun breaks out again,
And touching all the darksome woods with light,
Smiles on the fields until they laugh and sing,
Then like a ruby from the horizon's ring,
Drops down into the night.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,





sunset passing boat
It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream.
~ Bern Williams





sunset purple2
Give me the splendid silent sun at sunset.
~ Walt Whitman





sunset through the trees2
“The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire.”
~ Pamela Hansford Johnson





sunset fiery sky
Softly the evening came. The sun from the western horizon
Like a magician extended his golden want o'er the landscape;
Trinkling vapors arose; and sky and water and forest
Seemed all on fire at the touch, and melted and mingled together.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow





sunset streak boat2
At sunset, Nature is painting for us... day after day... pictures of infinite beauty.
~ John Ruskiin





sunset dock flash
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
~ Rabindranath Tagore

55 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I would spend as much time there as possible, too.

ADRIAN said...

I love the first and the penultimate one.........What are the sun beams called? Corollary I think.
All in all a very enjoyable set.

TexWisGirl said...

just beautiful. thanks for sharing them with us.

Slamdunk said...

Love the deck chairs and sunset.

Had a brief trip a few weeks ago where I actually got to enjoy a sunrise. I'll have to makes sure I block time for the sunset as well next time.

Snappy Di said...

With those sunsets, how can you bear to leave? Gosh it's breathtaking there.

Twain12 said...

just glorious, what more can i say :)

Elizabeth Grimes said...

"Infinite beauty" These photos are beyond words, Hilary.

Linda said...

Fabulous photos. The lake is gorgeous at sunset. It indeed does look like the sky is on fire. I spent this past weekend at a lake with friends and it was really nice in spite of the extreme heat.

Travis Erwin said...

Every shot is truly spectacular.

Jillsy Girl said...

such a colorful array of sunsets to bid you farewell to your days at the lake!

Susan in the Boonies said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely!

Friko said...

A beautiful collection.
Scenes in which to drown and and wash the spirit clean of all the debris of the day.

Melinda said...

What gorgeous photos, I especially love that last one with the chairs poised and waiting... :) Have a wonderful time at the cottage, summer is definitely a time to relax and enjoy the scenery. Bring back some more fabulous photos please! :)

Brian Miller said...

goodness you get incredible light shows in teh sky...each different as well...love the heaven breaking through in the first...

Bonnie said...

Each one more breathtaking than the previous - if that's possible!!
I hope to one day take photographs as beautiful as yours Hilary.

Country Girl said...

Absolutely breathtaking. Love the post title's homage to Walt Whitman.

Linda said...

Isn't it amazing how many different colors a sunset can be? These are just glorious. And that Longfellow certainly had a way with words, didn't he?

Steve Gravano said...

What an excellent collection! The colors in that third photo just blow me away! Beautiful.

Kat said...

Yowsa! Those are amazing shots! That last one just takes my breath away. :)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Thanks for sharing these gorgeous images.

Barbara Shallue said...

Thanks for sharing! The images are each sigh-worthy and the quotes are beautiful as well! Enjoy your summer!!

roobo69 said...

You may post more sunset shots any day! Thank you and enjoy every moment of summer!

Leah J. Utas said...

Beautiful.

ellen abbott said...

Beautiful sunsets. The only thing better would be to be there and see them in person.

Mimi said...

Hilary, thank you. You've just given sustenance to my soul.
Looking at these pictures, I found myself breahting deeply and slowly, yoga-style, and just drinking in the beauty of it.
The last quote is one of my all-time favourites, and your susnet is perfect with it.
I'd also like to propose Ciara's blog Milkmoon whenever you're doing POTW again.

messymimi said...

Agree with the others, it would be magnificent to live where i could see such a sunset daily.

Mental P Mama said...

Heaven on earth. I wouldn't worry one moment about anything else than enjoying that! I wish I could come for a visit!!

solarity said...

They leave me wordless. Also breathless.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

missing moments said...

Oh, I sooooooo belong on that dock!

Cloudia said...

Oh yeah!

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Midlife Jobhunter said...

Enjoy your time. I like that quote by Pamela Hansford Johnson. Beautiful sky.

thrviewfinder said...

The last shot is awesome

SueAnn said...

So beautiful!!! Enjoy your time there!! Stunning!
Hugs
SueAnn

NJ said...

Heading up to Bob's Lake north of Kingston for a week ourselves. Hope we see some of the same.

Out on the prairie said...

Lovely shots I like the first best.

Anvilcloud said...

Going back to the cottage? Sounds fishy to me. So to speak. :)

Suldog said...

Those are all magnificent, but particularly the first one. Wow. Great shot!

the Bag Lady said...

Hilary - these were just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing them with us.

The pictures of Benny in the previous post brought a definite smile to my face. What a charming little goof he is!

Bossy Betty said...

Oh my..... Just stunning.

rem_la said...

quel ciel fabuleux !

ladyfi said...

Wow - what spectacular skies! Enjoy your LIFE... plenty of time for blogging in the bad weather...

TechnoBabe said...

If I could take pictures the quality of these I would only put one or two on each post and would get several posts out of the lot. They are all so beautiful I can't like one more than the other.

Reb said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

holdingmoments said...

Stunning skies.

Mage said...

Simply glorious stuff.

Tammie Lee said...

my goodness you experienced gorgeous sunsets!!
Summer can be a busy time, a time to play and to get things done before winter arrives.

Wishing you wonderful days and nights.

Hilary said...

Thanks very much for such kind and encouraging comments everyone. Your visits, despite my own infrequent stopovers truly make my day.

I'll be scheduling a few posts (including a POTW) for the week that I'll be away. I hope to catch up again upon my return.

See you all in about a week.. ish. :)

louciao said...

Those gorgeous sunset tones warm my heart.
Wonderful that you are enjoying such precious moments at your cottage this summer.

Karen said...

I love sunsets and sunrises-if I'm up :P Great pics. Love the first and last one-just touched me. Thanks.

Pauline said...

if a day must end, let it end in glory!

Indrani said...

Whoa! Mind blowing captures.

Hilary said...

Thanks very much, all! :)

Daryl said...

Sunsets .. sunrises .. two of the most glorious times of the day .. thank you

SandyCarlson said...

Those sunsets and the quotes together are magic. It is indeed impossible to watch a sunset and not dream. A dreamy post, to be sure.

Joanna Jenkins said...

I could be very happy spending the day and evening in one of those chairs at the end of the dock-- It's paradise :-)

jj