Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Heaven Right Here


A fine rain has been falling hour after hour. Everything is sodden; tree branches weep tears from their twig ends, fallen leaves lay in soggy heaps, the grasses have laid down in misery along the roadsides. Even the sky has failed to brighten and at 4 p.m. is the same colorless, pale grey that I woke to this morning. Most of the hardwoods are bare now save for the oaks that cling tenaciously to their leaves. We are mid-November and still the air is mild. Every day the weatherman reminds us that we've lost two more minutes of daylight.


One day last week the sun was shining, sifting through the yellow leaves that still clung to some of the larches. Being among the tree trunks in that light was like being in one of nature's cathedrals. There are soaring arches, a sense of peace, and a pouring down of leaf-stained light.

15 comments:

Hilary said...

You paint as much magic with your words as the autumn sunlight does to the landscape. Thanks for this.

Out on the prairie said...

A very nice read and pictures to carry the magic.

Rubye Jack said...

Beautifully written and beautiful photos of nature at its finest, which actually is always.

Judith said...

It's all good, the photos and the beautiful writing --- but that second photo is mesmerizing!

Barbara Shallue said...

Your words are so descriptive, soothing and beautiful! Thank you!

steven said...

pauline my tree - a black cherry out front - has about half of its leaves still on despite every other tree in the neighbourhood having been long bared by the winds and the rains. "leaf-stained light" is what i experience standing under it. steven

Brian Miller said...

it is pouring rain outside right now and the earth is drinking deep...the trees playing in the raindrops...waiting on that beautiful sun you describe...smiles.

Kerry said...

It rained all night last night, and you have just described how it looks here in Oregon right now. This time of year has its own character, and I like it.

Pauline said...

Thank you Hilary, and you, too OOTP :)

I agree, RJ - there isn't a season I don't like

J - thanks. Those oak leaves were huge and brilliantly lit by the sun

And thank you, Barbara S

Steven - isn't it a glorious light?

Brian - hope the sun shines on you :)

Kerry - I've been in Oregon when it's raining - autumn is beautiful there

Steve Reed said...

Wonderful description! I like the grasses lying down in misery. Poor things!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Lovely-- High five.
jj

Pauline said...

Steve - they did look pretty sad...

JJ - thanks :)

Reya Mellicker said...

pauline - beautiful writing! It's warm here too much you are far ahead of us in terms of the season.

We aren't losing daylight you know - Brother Sun is on his way to visit our friends south of the equator. But it does feel dire somehow.

Peter Bryenton said...

Leaf-stained light: nice.

Pauline said...

thank you, Reya - sure seems like we're losing daylight when the sun heads below the horizon at 4:30!

Thank B :)