light offering

Jan. 6 at 02:55 PM

“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in.”
~ Leonard Cohen

survival of the fittest

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toward the light

“From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.”
~ Aaron Rose

I took these images yesterday afternoon, as our January thaw was coming to an end
happily soaking up any warm rays of light I could find
as I write this post today, it is snowing like crazy
big, huge, sticky white flakes
frosting everything in sight
ah, New England weather!

my youngest son hopped a flight to Wisconsin yesterday
for his first grad school audition
first time having to navigate the travel bit by himself
my heart’s been in a bit of a flutter
but he got there safely, without any major problems
so far, so good
I’m sure all this worrying is just a “mom thing”

just started reading
Shawna Lemay’s book of poetry
“The Red Velvet Forest” and I’m loving it

listening to
some of Beethoven’s later string quartets..
a suggestion from my son

continuing to
knit some scarves, as I do every winter
to donate to Abby’s House
2 down, 8 more to go (I’m not a very good knitter and I’m certainly not very fast!)

looking forward to
a Flickr meet up with some fantastic women I’ve been in touch with for a few years
but have never actually met in person
we plan to head to the North Shore in February
to see if we can find some Snowy Owls

thinking about
a blogger friend who recently had a major health set back
and I use the term “set back” because she is a woman
who has many passions
and I know she won’t be kept down for long

A stark reminder that life can change in an instant

We need to keep soaking up the light while we still can.

These images are for you, my friend

Sending positive thoughts and sunshine your way.

25 thoughts on “light offering

  1. Oh Susan, your light-filled images are a revelation — and you’ve featured some of my very favorite quotes to go with them. I’ve seen so many lives of friends and loved ones change in a heartbeat that I try never to forget to soak up and appreciate the light when we have it. Your post is a beautiful reminder…for which I thank you.

  2. What a gift this post is. To share all these intimate details of your life, to produce these very beautiful images, full of light, to find and include such appropriate quotes, and to send your wishes out – it’s all very generous! I wish I could join you in the snowy owl hunt!

  3. Such wonderful light captured in all of these. My favourite is number five for its beautiful simplicity. Lovely poetic accompaniment as I weave in and out of these delightful images.
    Yes, life can change in an instant and we do well to capture the joy of this moment.

  4. All that light is so beautiful! Back to the deep freeze we go. We woke to a good coating this morning, so pretty! I can only imagine the worry of a mother when she no longer has control. I, too, am looking forward to meeting everyone. Have a great Sunday!

  5. What a beautiful series this is, Susan. Actually, beautiful does not quite describe it.

    So how is it that you got a January thaw, and we got 8 inches of snow yesterday???? Sub zero temps settling in as of tomorrow also.

    “A stark reminder that life can change in an instant.”
    We may be thinking about the same person right now, and if so, you’re so right. She won’t be kept down.

    Have a great week ahead, Susan.

    1. Lisa, all last week was warmer than usual and all the snow melted. I took these photos on Friday but by Saturday afternoon we were covered in snow again! I think we got about 8 inches too…back to winter!

  6. You certainly have a gift for capturing the right light, at the right time.
    So glad all went well for your son!
    We are so far behind with any sort of moisture, I might even settle for some snow.

  7. thank you so much; you are as much a treasure as the light you have captured here. And I love that you too take the significance from one of my favourite Leonard Cohen lyrics. These images are so very beautiful but the thoughts in your soul shine even more.

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