Thursday, July 12, 2012

Live in the Sunshine

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


morning sun
Sunlight is painting. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne 





magnolia leaf
A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked. ~Anais Nin





dandelions in the sun
We were so far back in the woods, they almost had to pipe in sunlight. ~Roy Rogers





squirrel cutie
Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy. ~John Denver






wild phlox
The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy. ~Henry Ward Beecher





morning sun tree2
Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art. ~Ambrose Bierce






stick in sunlight
You can't have a light without a dark to stick it in. ~Arlo Guthrie






sunlit keys5
In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary. ~Aaron Rose







setting sun
Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun. ~John Lennon








sunset fern2
Nothing can beat the smell of dew and flowers and the odor that comes out of the earth when the sun goes down. ~Ethel Waters

62 comments:

Stephen Hayes said...

This last picture of the fern is a miracle of nature, a cathedral of light. A remarkable photograph.

joeh said...

I like the squirrel..but then I was a big John Denver fan.

Nadezda said...

Hi, Hilary! The photo of maple (I guess), its leaves and flowers in sunshine is wonderful!

Frank Baron said...

What a nice, vibrant lot! The fern especially, is terrific. :)

cloudia charters said...

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ladyfi said...

Wow - utterly magical! Love the dandelions and the fern in the last shot. Sunshine paints so beautifully.

Mom of A and a said...

I am just in awe of your photography!!!

SueAnn Lommler said...

Beautiful...fabulous photos!!! Wow!
Hugs
SueAnn

Brian Miller said...

nice....i love what the sun does....the dandelions look really cool...like little light bulbs...and that last one is just amazing...

June said...

You have a great ability to pair photographs with words to the improvement of both, though hardly any of these examples needs improvement.

solarity said...

Wonderful, wonderful light! Especially the fern.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Kerri said...

Oh... My... Goodness! These are amazing!
I LOVE THEM ALL ....

That last shot makes my heart do cartwheels :)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Stunning pictures. Each one is so beautiful but the last one is exceptional. You have captured the beauty of nature so perfectly.

Daryl Edelstein said...

lovely light ... lovely photos

Out on the prairie said...

Fun playing with backlighting, i love the fern.

Pauline said...

Don't you just love the days when joy walks beside you?

That last photo and quote are magnificent :)

Thanks, Hilary, for sharing.

DJan said...

These are all beautiful, but the first one's golden light is amazing, and that last one just knocked my socks off! Thank you, HIlary, for this delightful tour.

Linda said...

I love the Ambrose Bierce quote: "Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art."

The Arlo Guthrie quote: "You can't have a light without a dark to stick it in." reminded me of a conversation between a tall girl I know and her short friend. Tall girl was teasing her short friend about her height, and Short Friend responded, "If I weren't short, you wouldn't be tall." :)

The perspective on the Fern shot is stunning...just stunning.

messymimi said...

You make me see through new eyes.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Our warm, steamy mornings look a bit like this sunlight as well. It's just so lovely.

TexWisGirl said...

oh my word. i started picking out my favorites to name by number, and then just gave up. the light in 1, 3, 6 etc., etc. the FERN!! OMG!!! i love these, hilary!

MaggieGem said...

Love that fern shot... the lighting is phenomenal! Have a great week!

Red said...

I always like the posts you do with photos and quotations. Today you had some quotes from more modern performers and some old.
I think the one from Ambrose Bierce must be one of the few positive things he said as he was rather dark.

Linda Wildenstein said...

I loved the posting today. Glorious sunshine and light play. Super energy boost for sure. Oma Linda

Rita said...

You really do have the most amazing photos paired up with the perfect quotes. This was a wonderful way to start the day. :)

Indrani said...

The shot of the fern against the golden sun is fantastic. You always have a great series to present.

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful, beautiful pictures, so many favorites but that last one, the fern, is OMG wonderful, it just took my breath away!

Dianne said...

the light along the path is so warm, it must have felt wonderful to be there

the fern is a work of art!!
I think stephen hayes said it best - a cathedral

it's all just so beautiful Hil

Kat said...

I am speechless.
Such beautiful quotes to go perfectly with GORGEOUS photos. Amazing. Love.

Bob Bushell said...

Wowee, I am in love with the last one, it's truly wonderful. And all of them are lovely.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Hilary, these are incredible examples of how light alone can make an ordinary photo amazing. Not that these are ordinary photos, but light is definitely the star subject! Love love love!

photowannabe said...

Oh my Hilary.
Such exquisite photos. The fern is a real prize winner.
I love your quotes about the sun, especially the first one about sunlite painting.

flying eagle woman said...

I just can't get enough. the sayings you choose are flawless, the photographs delicious. THANK YOU

Georgie K. Buttons said...

Magical.

Steve Gravano said...

I get a great feeling of summer after looking at your photographs and reading these quotes. I love the dandelions and the squirrel photo.

Madge Bloom said...

Wonderfully captured light and colors... w/o light it would all be meaningless...

Mage said...

What a pause in my damp foggy day. Thanks.

Barbara said...

Nothing makes me smile like sunshine - thank you for these. That last one is so beautiful!

Lisa Gordon said...

Hilary, these are gorgeous!!!
I especially love the fern.
That is one amazing photograph.

That Janie Girl said...

Your photographs are amazing, indeed.

the Bag Lady said...

Fabulous photos, Hilary!
You have such a wonderful eye.

She Writes Here Now said...

Those upside down hearts are yummy!

Jo said...

Just wow. I love this group of photos, Hilary. It's fairy lighting. The dandelions look like they'll blow if I blink too hard and the first maple keys are a dream.

Michael Manning said...

Quite a nice use of light Hilary! I enjoyed this a lot! :)

Cricket said...

These are all wonderful, of course, but the fern is particularly striking. I had a teach er once who said something like: we read to learn about ourselves. I don't know if he was quoting someone or if it was his own observation, but it stuck with me. He was talking about novels, but I later decided it applied pretty much to all art. That is the ultimate reason we create it and are drawn to it: because it teaches us something about ourselves.

And the fern in the light just sent me back to my Nana's driveway, in a certain shady spot by the garage, where I used to lie on the cool tar and look up through the ferns that had overtaken that corner. I was fascinated by them then, and I am fascinated by them now. I had almost forgotten.

A silly little memory, perhaps, with a significance that perhaps I could never tell another, but a lovely little memory all the same. So thanks, my dear.

I think, perhaps, the soundtrack will come later ;-)

I am so trying to be back, and make the time to write and read. It'd harder than I thought, but I;ll get there.

Maggie May said...

What sunshine????????!!! None over here.
Love the squirrel and the fern picture best.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Jenny Woolf said...

I love these different aspects of sunshine. Some things are reflected, some are highlighted, some are backlit... beautiful. Some of them look almost like stage lighting.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Completely fantastic! I am especially partial to that last one.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Anais Nin - I love the beauty and gentleness in that quote.

Suldog said...

I know I've complimented your photographic skills a couple hundred times, but have I ever told you how much I enjoy your selection of quotes to go with them in a piece such as this? If I haven't done so before, I hope I now have.

Anvilcloud said...

So many fine photos. I love the light in the first, and the last one was just about perfect. Wonderful job.

lime said...

you truly capture the light well. that shot of the fern is positively glorious!

Life 101 said...

Stunning photos Hilary.

SandyCarlson said...

These are an incredible feast. The magnolia, the squirrel, the fern--al of them. I am speechless. Hilary, thank you.

Hilary said...

Thanks for the kind comments, everyone. You have no idea how your warm words touch my heart. And that is so appreciated. :)

Kerry said...

Oh wow...that fern...it soars.

Roan said...

Amazing shots, especially the fern. Took-my-breath-away beautiful!

Betty Manousos said...

absolutely stunning!

what a beauty! amazing light and shadow in some of those shots!
nicely done:)

ellen abbott said...

somehow I missed this post. I love seeing the world through your eye.

Daniel LaFrance said...

Many terrific sights but that fern is something extra special.

I love how the amount light peering through is gradual.

Two thumbs up! :)

Linda said...

I love the picture of the fern. It looks as if it touches the sky - a stairway to Heaven if you will.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Oh! the fern!
All beautiful captures (and John Denver made me smile) but oh that fern and sunny sky!