patches of godlight







“Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the woods of our experience.”

~C.S. Lewis

We must never stop looking for those little patches of light

On a sad note, my son lost a friend ..a fellow musician and classmate took his life a few weeks ago.  The orchestra played this piece at the last concert, a wonderful tribute to their colleague.  (my son is the assistant concertmaster here)  Thought I’d share this beautiful piece with you.

Elgar’s Enigma Variations


44 thoughts on “patches of godlight

  1. it is so sad that there seems to be things that are more terrible than this wonderful life.
    a beautifull tribute, Susan ❤


  2. Wonderful images and so very appropriate. Enigma brings tears to my eyes everytime I hear it. I can’t imagine how those kids got through it without swimming. Heart thump.

  3. Gorgeous light and soft details, I love this kind of light so much. So sorry to hear about your son’s friend, so sorry. A beautiful tribute and loving collection of beauty to wrap his memory in.

  4. So sorry to hear about your son’s friend. I will pray for his family and for your son to bear up under his grief.

  5. So sad and so young…just heartbreaking. The tribute song was wonderful and I must say fit so well with all of your beautiful photo’s…I love your blog…

    1. Very sad and heartbreaking indeed. But you know, today I decided to visit your Flickr stream and I visited that precious photo of Jaxson on the basketball court…instantly brought a big smile to my face. I know where I can go when I need some cheering up.

  6. This is so sad…I’m really sorry. So much pain for someone so young. For me, these days the patches of Godlight almost make everything more difficult…so much beauty contrasted with so much harshness in the world. It makes me sad. Sometimes I feel like we are all grasping for something that makes sense, but we can’t find it anymore. My heart aches, truly, at the loss of someone so young.

  7. Gorgeous light in these images, especially the second and third. So sad to hear of your son’s friend…much too young to go.

  8. I keep coming back to this. Hanging onto the light, feeling the sadness. xo to you and your son, dear Susan.

  9. Aww I’m so sorry:( I hope your son is dealing ok.
    What a great tribute by you as well Susan, your work is always an inspiration to me, and an uplifting experience for sure. Be safe , I know your son will appreciate time with you

  10. This is so sad, Susan, and unfortunately seems to be increasing.
    Both of my kids have lost friends to suicide.
    I am so sorry your son has to endure this.

  11. You needed to share this so sad news and I can feel how your heart must feel. How difficult it must be for your son. I really enjoy listening to the beautiful music that is stronger than words. I am so sorry to read that this young man didn’t see patches of light . I am thinking of you and your family.

  12. Thank you all for your very kind comments and wonderful support. Just got back from spending a few days with my son and his friends. I feel better now and I’m assured that they are dealing with this tragedy as best they can. So strange to me…you think you know your friends and you hope that they will come to you when they are troubled rather than taking drastic measures. No one seemed to have a clue.

  13. I would say “Goddess light” myself 🙂 You are such a special photographer! You photos send me. I’m so sorry for your son’s loss (and yours I’m sure). Such sadness in our world. But an amazing way to honor this young person….nothing like music to speak through time and space to say goodbye and I love you! xo

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