Thursday, March 19, 2009

Winter's Last Sunset

Tomorrow is the vernal equinox. While that may not be a big deal in equatorial parts of the earth, in the north it marks the end of the season of long, dark nights. Our days will lengthen steadily for the next three months and nature will experience its annual rebirth. Tonight's sunset was lovely, and I am not sorry to see that winter is coming to an end.

"Harshness vanished. A sudden softness
has replaced the meadows' wintry grey.
Little rivulets of water changed
their singing accents. Tendernesses,

hesitantly, reach toward the earth
from space, and country lanes are showing
these unexpected subtle risings
that find expression in the empty trees."

Rainer Maria Rilke, Early Spring


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21 comments:

  1. What an intense winter sunset - a final cry!

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  2. Both photos have "gasp" qualities. What amazing colors. And glad your longer days are on the way!

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  3. Ruth,

    Beautiful photos and yes, winter's last sunset. I'm glad you and Sam were able to visit Lasalle Park again today. Jordan asked if we can go again tomorrow. We'll see what the weather is like.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  4. What gorgeous sunset pictures and I love the poem.

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  5. Farewell winter....welcome spring!

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  6. Well there is no way we will forget what the last day of winter left for us. That is a stunning picture...I love it...more please!

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  7. I love the soft glow of that first image. I'm also loving the longer days.

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  8. Mexico Mom9:32 pm GMT-4

    Although we are considered tropical, well south of the Tropic of Cancer, our sunset tonight was very spectacular. From deep red, to vermillion, tropical blue greens and all shades in between.
    The rays from the Pacific Ocean passing over the Coastal Sierra Madres put on a stupendous colour show through our large western windows.
    However this is one time your photos outshone us. Incredibly gorgeous!!!!

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  9. I hadn't thought about this being the last night of winter. Thanks for reminding me!
    Great shots of your sunset.

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  10. Ruth you never disappoint, great shots.

    Have a great weekend!
    Guy
    Regina In Pictures

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  11. Beautiful picture. I'm looking forward to the long, summer evenings.

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  12. great post title and amazing pictures!!

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  13. Hello Spring! Hope you have days of sunshine ahead!

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  14. Beautiful beautiful BEAUTIFUL! That said, I am sure spring will not let you down!

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  15. Happy Spring to you Ruth. The skies are beautiful, and I wish longer days for you with all things blooming. :c)

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  16. Your photos are beautiful, and I enjoyed the poetry. Thank you for such a lovely share.

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  17. Great photos...beautiful skies...and colors...

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  18. Hi Ruth....beautiful sunset and time to say goodbye to winter....

    I love the quote......

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  19. What drama the winter goes out with. Like its saying: You shan't forget me in a hurry.

    Also loved the waxwing photo above.

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  20. Thanks for posting that lovely Poem..
    Great sunset photos as well.

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  21. I enjoy art in the sky. You've have an eye for it.

    Thank you for sharing the photos:)

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