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Fade away

Daylight fades away
Daylight fades away (Sunset by the lagoon yesterday.)

We photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.  We cannot develop and print a memory.

~ Henri Cartier-Bresson

In the sunlight, GARDEN fades
In the sunlight, GARDEN fades and may soon disappear

Today’s Daily Prompt is Now You See Me, and photographers, artists, and poets, are asked to show us EVANESCENCE.  To evanesce is to disappear gradually, to vanish, to fade away.  Evanescence, of course, is the act of evanescing.

The Bench Chronicles
The Bench Chronicles

Isn’t all of life evanescent?  Always changing and eventually fading, vanishing, disappearing, passing on to another form or no form at all?  Time is evanescent, passing on.  This moment is here.  And now it is gone.

"All that's bright must fade.."  ~Thomas Moore
“All that’s bright must fade..” ~Thomas Moore

This morning’s sunlight and clouds, like my thoughts, evanesce.  It’s like a movie.  Fade in, fade out.  Gunshots boom and fade in the distance.  It’s deer hunting season here, and that means staying on the main paths for now since I can’t locate my hunter-orange sweatshirt.  Light glows and fades in the greenhouse.  The building itself would have vanished eventually if we hadn’t repaired it.  We bought it a temporary reprieve.  Someday a storm may come along and change its form, and the greenhouse as we know it will disappear.

Here today
Here today

It is warm for November.  The breeze must be coming from the south.  The neighborhood rooster is crowing, the crows are cawing, and a bird is reminding me that I am “really-really-rich.”  I wish I could identify that bird.  Its “you’re-really-really-rich” call dominates the sounds in the morning.  If all the calling back and forth between all of the birds is any indication, the birds are enjoying the warm morning, too.

Piece by piece, the leaf will disappear
Piece by piece, the leaf will disappear

Of all the benches on the property, I like the Lagoon Bench best for writing.  The bench on the dock is best for meditating and not thinking.  It’s a Just Be Bench.  The bench on the platform is best for observing and pondering and having good conversations.  I shall call it the Conversational Bench.  The Lagoon Bench, though, must be filled with words waiting to flow from somebody’s pen.  It is the Writer’s Bench.

Two leaves
Two leaves

It will soon be time for me to adopt a new word for the year.  The word “Love” served me well this year, and like previous words in previous years, will continue to teach its lessons.  I’ve been thinking about the word Courage, but the kind of lessons that word will teach could be hard lessons.

Reflections ripple and fade
Reflections ripple and fade

Do I need courage to face Courage, to be brave enough to put myself out there?  Or should I learn about Faith first?  To take a risk is to take a leap of faith.  With faith, perhaps, one finds courage.

Clouds come and go, come and go.
Clouds come and go, come and go.

I have time to decide, to think about what word I want to follow into 2014.  For now, I’m going to sit here and enjoy the sunshine.  Its warmth is soft and comforting.  A bit like a hug.

Fallen trees vanish back into the earth
Fallen trees vanish back into the earth

Thank you for sitting with me on the Lagoon Bench today.  The clouds eventually faded away and left behind a clear, blue sky.  The cardinals and robins stopped by for a brief visit, but there was no sign of the Great Blue Heron.  He might have stopped by later, while I walked through the woods and out to the dock, or while I was inside taking care of some chores.

Here in the daylight, gone in the dark.
Here in the daylight, gone in the dark.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Evanescent
Evanescent
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Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

26 thoughts on “Fade away

  1. I’ll be curious to see which word you choose. Kind of fun to think about a word for the year. Hard to pick my favorite photo in this post, though that last one is pretty awesome! Hope your week is going well so far.

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

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  2. I love all the deep color in your photos here. I’ve never been a fan of winter, but I think I could handle it better in an area where it is a bit more moderate, and December brings you outstanding color like this!

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    1. Thank you, Karma. 🙂 I’m enjoying the color, too, although I am a little envious of the folks back in the Bogs and all their snow. We got ice yesterday, and ice is in the forecast again tomorrow. I am not a fan, no matter how pretty it looks.

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  3. Enjoyed the HCB quote. Ideas fade, but from some stout ones new things grow, that I suppose is one of the joys that photography brings, the constant rebirth of both our images and our views.
    Great work.

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