SOLC Day 17: Lifted

March 2022 SOLC–Day 17
A huge thank you to Two Writing Teachers for all that they do to create an amazing community of writers and a safe, welcoming space to write, learn, share and grow.

Every day I look to the sky for small pleasures. Sights that bring me joy. Views that anchor me in the moment, while simultaneously transcending it. This morning already, there’s the opalesque glow of the moon, partially obscured by clouds, as it sets behind the barn. It’s transformed the dull grey of the barn roof to a soft, glowing pewter. Sky views buoy me:

A bisected sunrise punctuated by the silhouettes of rising tree branches.

The melancholy pull of migrating geese.

The drama of an intersection of clouds.

A solitary eagle in flight against a dawn drenched sky.

As I navigate through recent grief, I turn to the skies to leaven my days. to help me rise.

And every day, though my heart is heavy, and my feet remain firmly on the ground, I am lifted.

17 thoughts on “SOLC Day 17: Lifted

  1. Your photos and the descriptions of them are beautiful and so varied. I felt your sadness in the post, even before reading the last part, and I hope March and writing is providing solace. I’m sorry for whatever you are grieving.

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  2. humbleswede says:

    I’m sorry for your recent grief. Your photos are uplifting and grounding for all of us. I love “the opalesque glow of the moon”. and a “a solitary eagle in flight against a dawn drenched sky.” The latter would be a great line without the photo, but is even more meaningful with that picture.

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  3. The skies can bring so much calm, especially early morning when there is just a glimpse of lightness in the east and evening when the sun can no longer be seen but it leaves a calming glow. I too saw the moon this morning, and it was exactly as you described. Lots to see when we take time to notice.

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  4. maryleehahn says:

    This illustrated poem made tears run down my face. I can’t even highlight a favorite image or turn of phrase — it all works together perfectly. Thank you…and sending hugs.

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  5. Amanda Potts says:

    Each caption is a poem in and of itself. – and the line “I turn to the skies to leaven my days/ to help me rise” will, I suspect, linger with me for a long time. I am sorry to hear of your recent grief and glad that the sky remains.

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  6. margaretsmn says:

    Have you read Kathy Schulz’s Lost and Found? I am listening to it, and her grief over her father’s death is palpable. Actually, it may not be a good thing to read right now, but it made me think of you and how grief changes us. I’m glad you have the solace of nature and your camera.

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  7. Love the image of this line “As I navigate through recent grief, I turn to the skies to leaven my days. to help me rise.” Pictures are stunning once again. Will you soon start teaching an evening course on nature photography at the local community college? If not, you should!

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  8. mbhmaine says:

    Thanks, Dan. I need to learn a lot more before I’d feel like I could teach a photography class! I appreciate your vote of confidence though.


  9. kd0602 says:

    Oh my gosh…I love that eagle image! It’s incredibly gorgeous–I love the perfectly crisp silhouette.

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