Sometimes, I like to take a quiet walk in the woods. For today’s walk, I was was accompanied by my thoughts and the steady calls of cicadias (though we always called them locusts) and a few birds. There is a soft beauty of the patchy sunlight streaming through the leaves overhead… I’ve rarely been able to catch it, but I think I got pretty close today!
I was out at Port Mahon the other day and saw this amazing light as I was coming back home. The sky was mostly grey to dark grey and I saw the light filtering through a thinner patch of low hanging clouds to give this ethereal light. It only lasted less than a minute, on this spot, so I rushed and got this.. This could be a good metaphor for life. It’s short and fleeting. Some moments of pleasure and beauty will be missed if you aren’t there for them, either physically, or totally in the moment. There are no bright signs saying “look here!” If we don’t see them on our own, too bad. If we’re busy gazing at our phones or otherwise distracted, we’re gonna miss them. It’ll be like they never happened.
When that light faded, I drove less than a mile down the road and waited to see if anything else would happen. Then the tanks of jet fuel for the Dover Air Force Base, lit up… especially the last tank on the right!