Thursday, December 21, 2017

An Eightfold Spendor

Kindle the taper like the steadfast star ablaze on evening's forehead o'er the earth, and add each night a luster till afar an eightfold splendor shine above thy hearth. ~ Emma Lazarus

We're quickly hurtling toward Christmas but Hanukkah has come and gone. I get a kick out of staging some photos of each of the eight nights that the menorah is lit. Those images are below.

Hanukkah night one
On Hanukkah, the first dark night, light yourself a candle bright.
I'll you, if you will me invite, to dance within that gentle light.
~ Nicholas Gordon
Night Number One: A last minute purchase of a few cheap candle holders from the dollar store to act as a glittery turquoise backdrop for the first candle.

Hanukkah night two
A candle is a small thing. But one candle can light another.
And see how its own light increases, as a candle gives its flame to the other.
You are such a light. ~ Moshe Davis
Night Number Two: My Hanukkah candles match the ivory tones of a candle-lit lamp and a picture frame featuring my much-missed Skittles.

Hanukkah night three
The darkness of the whole world cannot swallow the glowing of a candle. ~ Robert Altinger
Night Number Three: An odd little collection of items - a bedazzled little gecko, a tiny jar with a collection of feathers and a gold-dipped rose from a love long ago.

Hanukkah night four
Why Hanukkah is better than Christmas: It's much quicker to clean the wax from your menorah than it is to vacuum all the pine needles. No reindeer poop to shovel from your roof. And nobody will send you a video of dogs barking "The Dreidel Song."
Night Number Four: Anyone for a cup of tea? Here's a cup just for you and some sugar if you wish. All three pieces are second hand finds.

Hanukkah night five copy
In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it "Christmas" and went to church; the Jews called it "Hanukkah" and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say "Merry Christmas!" or "Happy Hanukkah!" or to the atheists "Look out for the wall!" ~ Dave Barry
Night Number Five: Settle in for a night of reading and munching on mandarin oranges.
(I cheated a bit here. For those of you who don't follow me on Facebook where I have already confessed, see if you can figure out what the cheat is.. and maybe why)

Hanukkah night six
My family wasn't very religious; on Hanukkah, they had a menorah on a dimmer ~ Richard Lewis
Night Number Six: Remembering my Mom on this night. The figurine and vase were hers. Each take up their own place of honour at my home. The humour in some of these quotes is a nod to my Dad. Eye rolls are most appropriate.

Hanukkah night seven
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared. ~ Buddha
Night Number Seven: More yard sale and thrift shop finds. A bowl with a fat candle, a lantern with tea light and an alarm clock - just because.

Hanukkah night eight
May the lights of Hanukkah usher in a better world for all humankind. ~ Unknown
Night Number Eight: On the last night, a little bit of whimsy. A candle-lit Kokopelli mirrors its smaller self on the turquoise clay tealight holder. Watching them play, is a wood sea turtle with shell that allows you to hide small treasures beneath it. The latter two are from yard sales but the larger Kokopelli was a gift.

Tree decorating with cats: O Christmas tree, O christmas tree, your Ornaments are history!
 ~ Unknown
And this little tree provides the mini lights you see behind the menorah in most of the above photos.

For those who celebrate, I wish you a belated Happy Hanukkah, a Merry Christmas, a Happy Solstice and a very Happy New Year. Thanks for sharing the seasons (at least in part) with me.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Autumnal Sunshine

I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

I have another mishmash of images for you - some which date back a few weeks - some which are more current.

morning breaks
One early October morning, the day broke in cloudy hues.

morning breaks - 3 mins later
A moment later, a band of colour lit the underside of the clouds and danced in colours that only nature can imagine.

sparrow ready for takeoff
A couple of months back, I was having lunch at an outdoor table in the colourful town of Warkworth. I was watching this little bird considering its takeoff.

sparrow take off eh
And then it did. I like how it appears as if the bird is in position to embark on a small roller coaster ride on the string of eight lights in the window.

cutie on a swing
Also in flight, was this little sweetheart. She and I chatted for a long time while we each sat swinging. She educated me about the complete storyline of some TV show or movie and she even stopped swinging every now and then to draw the characters in the dirt. She insisted that it's all a true story because her MUCH older brother (he's 6) said it was and he always knows. It was a lovely chat.

inverted umbrella2
A different little girl dropped her umbrella one windy, rainy day and left it to collect a puddle on the inside. This was photographed from my apartment window.

wavy clouds
On another rainy day, these clouds seemed to be almost undulating in the sky. It reminded me a little of Van Gogh's kind of sky.

under the rainbow
Rainbows - that ever hopeful transition between rain and sunshine.

wooded area jackson creek
Autumn along the sunlit woodsy trails of Jackson Park.

true colours jackson creek
The vibrant colour of algae when the sunlight hits it just right.

Aging cedar fronds enjoying the sun's soothing ministrations.

into the trees Jackson creek
A small boardwalk over a stream and between the trees.

colourful carrots
Also sun-kissed are some end of season colourful carrots from the Farmers' Market.

Love art 2
And another colourful display expressing our support of diversity. Sidewalks all over Peterborough were expressing inclusion and support during the Love Lives Here movement late in September.

Love art
Gotta love the positive spirit of Peterborough. Note the "Love Wins Over Hate" sign partway up the alley wall.

setting sun copy
This photo goes way back to mid July. The boats are all gone from the harbour now.

Summer stayed late but now she is done. Autumn is breezing through town in a hurry. It won't be long until the season changes once again. Hopefully, it will continue to offer something new to photograph.

Thanks for indulging me, once again.