Sunday, July 22, 2007

Beauteous Evening











I was sitting at my computing desk which is in our lower level family room, when I glanced up at the window. The evening sky was awash with a lovely coral glow.





So, I rushed out, camera in hand, and kept turning as I photographed 360 degrees around the entire horizon.







The lovely colors reminded me of a once favorite poem of mine, William Wordsworth's "Evening on Calais Beach." I still love the opening lines: "It is a beauteous evening, calm and free."


Here is the entire sonnet.




Evening on Calais Beach

IT is a beauteous evening, calm and free,
The holy time is quiet as a Nun
Breathless with adoration; the broad sun
Is sinking down in its tranquillity;
The gentleness of heaven broods o'er the sea:
Listen! the mighty Being is awake,
And doth with his eternal motion make
A sound like thunder--everlastingly.
Dear Child! dear Girl! that walkest with me here,
If thou appear untouch'd by solemn thought,
Thy nature is not therefore less divine:
Thou liest in Abraham's bosom all the year;
And worshipp'st at the Temple's inner shrine,
God being with thee when we know it not.

9 comments:

Body Soul Spirit said...

Clouds are essential in creating beautiful sunsets. The colours and contrasts in your pictures are lovely. Very appropriate verse...
ruth

Mary said...

I would have been with you, Donna. Turning around and around and enjoying the color and calm. Very nice!

LauraO said...

What a magnificent sky! Thanks for sharing it with us.

mon@rch said...

such amazing colors you were able to capture! WOW

BTW: Had to laugh at your last post with H. Potter!

Larry said...

Those are beautiful colors-I'd love to be out camping and seeing that scenery.

Anonymous said...

Donna,
Your sunsets made me think of Alfred Noyes' THE BARREL ORGAN. It's too long to include here so I'm sending it to you by email Attachment.
Love, Father "C"

KGMom said...

Since my dad commented (above--Father C) and referenced The Barrel Organ, which I know is one of his favorite poems, I thought I would do a link to it--The Barrel Organ.

Thanks to all for sharing in the joy of the lovely sunset!

RuthieJ said...

Wow, Donna, those are great pictures! I love beautiful sunsets like that. Thanks

Laurie said...

How incredibly beautiful. Our sunsets have been orange here because of the fires, but I haven't had time to photograph them, yet.

Hugs,
Laurie