Thursday, March 13, 2014

Changing light











The light has changed so much this week, since turning the clocks forward. It was changing already, but now everything feels different. The mornings are darker and I want to stay in bed but it will be lighter soon. The afternoons are brilliant, all golden light and dark blue skies. We are drawn out of the house, into the backyard, where we play and putter for hours. I make dinner in bright sunlight, we eat in waning daylight, we put the children to bed in early twilight. Then I sit near a window and watch the sunset, fading flames in a streaky sky.

After dark, it's chilly - I still use an afghan when I'm relaxing in the evenings. But the bulbs are pushing up in the yard - one daffodil has bloomed so far. Tulips have sent up shoots, but there is no sign of stalks yet. It smells wonderful out there, though; even at night, there is a trace of plum-blossom on the breeze. The apple tree has tiny green leaf buds and larger flower buds, grayish and tightly-closed. There are new leaves on the honeysuckle, the pyracantha, the Russian sage. There is a haze of pale green all the way up the arroyo.

I'm puttering indoors too - baking, sewing, crocheting, reading, teaching, tending to the chicks. I'm enjoying the change of seasons from both sides - inside and out. There's always a lot to do. I try to slow down and savor the transition; I treat myself to bunches of daffodils, $1.29 for ten stems, a simple indulgence to brighten my kitchen and lift my spirits. I am full with the busyness of my days, the bustle of mothering and home-keeping, the thrill of warmer and lighter days, the time I make in the day to challenge myself and to create.

47 comments:

  1. Hello Jennifer,
    Wow what beautiful photos!
    I especially love the colour contrast of the white and red in the photograph of your daughter. x

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  2. I love this post Jennifer. It reminds me of my own thoughts and feelings on these early springy days. Not much is growing in my area yet, just the rhubarb begining to peek through in the garden, but there is spring in the air. In the late evenings it is light enough for a walk after dinner. I'm so ready for the changes this year. It's been a long winter season.
    blessings,
    Betsy

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  3. Even though there is still at least a foot of snow on the ground, there is a feeling of spring in the air and it does come from the changing light! We've had lots of sun lately, but it's still so cold, so I am not fooled by that, but just the way the sky looks and the subtleness of late afternoon sky gives hope that this nightmare of a winter might be in its death throes at last!
    I really enjoyed your photos, as always - the daffodils especially!

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  4. Such a lovely post. I spotted buds on the apple tree earlier today. The sun is shining and despite my headache, life feels good. x

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  5. It's still a little chilly here too, I'm enjoying sewing up my granny square blanket in the evening, it is keeping my knees warm. Lovely photos.

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  6. It is so lovely to see the signs of the changing seasons. xx

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  7. We have a couple of weeks before our clocks go forward here in the UK, I'm looking forward to lighter evenings.
    Lovely photos

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  8. Lovely photo's Jennifer, our clocks will be going forward in a few weeks too, I hate that I loose an hours sleep but I do like the lighter evenings. :)

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  9. Beautiful flowers. Changing of season is very interesting. I don't experience this kind of changes!

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  10. Hey Jennifer,

    This sums up how I feel at the moment. Our clock are yet to go forward, but there are little differences and changes day by day. I do o love this time of year. Your boy is a handsome chap I must say. What lovely looking children you have. They must get it from their Mum. xx

    Leanne xx

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  11. I really enjoy the changing light this time of year.. the sun raising in it's arc.. the light pouring in the house in different ways.. gorgeous photos you posted! Your kids are so beautiful! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  12. Beautiful photos and words again Jennifer. You have such a talent. The hubby said only last night he's getting home in daylight now and how lovely it is. It is such a pleasure to have had a bit of sun here the last couple days - although your skies look tremendous! J9 x

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  13. I love this time of year, too. Everyday there are small changes, taking us further into Spring. I love pootling about the house and garden, it makes me happy. Thanks for sharing your lovely moments with us. The blossom on your cherry trees is just beautiful. Cx

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  14. I love the way you have captured the light in your images. The view of the trees full of blossom through the window is wonderful. Sarah x

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  15. Lovely photos, you've captured some great images. Especially your children, who look so happy. x

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  16. Beautiful photographs. Spring here too, daffodils blooming and tulips budding, but our clocks don't go forward for a week or two.

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  17. What a beautiful bouquet of daffodils you have. I love the green polka-dot pitcher. I bought myself a bunch of daffodils at TJ's last weekend and they have made me so happy this week. I am also loving the changing light lately. Your photos are lovely!

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  18. I always get such a sense of calm when I visit here .
    Love the photos and the thoughts, I must have missed the chicks ,
    I will back track and find them !

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  19. Lovely. The clocks haven't gone forward here yet, but they will soon. Already the boys are playing outside a lot and buds are swelling. The season is turning. How are your little chickies doing?

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  20. I love change of season too - Spring and Autumn are the best times. The red crotchet is really lovely and nothing is more cheering than a bunch of daffodils!

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  21. So nice to see your lovely photos from your week.

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  22. I like the part where you spend hours in your yard puttering ;) I'm still waiting for that here. Nice shots of your days. I don't enjoy getting up in the dark again either, but no choice ... eating supper before it's dark has been a nice switch though. Wendy x

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  23. I love the changing light where you are! Those blossoms and skies are just pure delight! And how awesome to be able to just putter! Oh I can't wait to putter! Enjoy the transition of the season friend! Nicole xoxo

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  24. Jennifer, lovely photos! I enjoyed the picture of your chair and the open sheer curtains. -I open all of my curtains in the morning. It's refreshing letting in the sunlight. I love watching seasons change. Beautiful!

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  25. Isn't it interesting when you notice the change in the light, Jennifer? I am always surprised how the time change throws me off a bit, though. I actually got hot while shopping yesterday afternoon and took off my windbreaker :) And today the daffodils outside my bedroom window are blooming! Yea! Wishing you and yours a happy weekend! [your red crochet is Beeeeautiful!!!] xx

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  26. I know you are in NM with those hanging peppers. Beautiful images. I'm putting today and it is absolute bliss! Thought of you when I saw this post: http://monpetitviolon.com/2014/02/13/free-tutorialgranny-square-crochetfabric-dress/ Have a fabulous Friday, Tammy

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  27. Such lovely photos! Have a wonderful weekend :D

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  28. I just love the changing of the seasons, and I think blogging made me realise this even more so. Just that extra hour of daylight makes such a difference. Our clocks change in a few weeks but already it's light until almost 6pm, which is wonderful. x

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  29. Our clocks don't go forward until the last Sunday in March. I wish it happened earlier in the year, there's so much more we can be getting on with when the lighter evenings come. I'm seeing lots of children playing out in the streets now that we've got some decent weather, it's wonderful when spring finally arrives.

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  30. Spring is definitely in the air, and it can't come soon enough! We have a few leaves and buds starting to pop out where we live too, and every time I see them I smile. Your daffodils look especially cheery!

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  31. Beautiful photos, Jennifer - I love the colours - and such an evocative post too. Sounds as though you're enjoying the changing seasons as much as we are.
    Sarah

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  32. As always I feel invigorated dropping by here, a gorgeous post. We have definitely seen such a shift in light and even though the afghan's have been put to one side for evening use only, today it has shifted back to chilly weather and I am sat here typing with one on my lap. Lovely photos of your children and home! Enjoy your weekend xoxo

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  33. Your photos are stunning Jennifer and I love hearing about your puttering indoors. I love the changing seasons too and look forward to an extra hour of daylight here in the UK in two weeks. Have a great weekend.
    Patricia x

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  34. The light is changing here too Jennifer but we have another couple of weeks before we go onto British Summertime.It has been lovely and sunny here all week although a bit frosty early mornings and foggy a couple of mornings too but you can definitely feel that spring is here.

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  35. As always, I love reading your blog. Your photos are words are always so lovely and poetic. Is that a couscous salad in the fourth photo? Would you mind sharing your recipe? Thanks!

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  36. Those blossoms are the prettiest thing! Spring must be on it's way.

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  37. Lovely photo's so wonderfully written there is something special about being on the cusp of a season
    Clare xx

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  38. A beautifully written post Jennifer, thank you, and your pics are gorgeous once again - I noticed the very pretty pink blossom through your window, how gorgeous. Ah yes, the seasons are achanging, and how welcome the change! Thank you! Joy xo
    PS You probably have mentioned it before and I've forgotten but, what camera do you use - a Canon Rebel? - you always capture such beautiful shots! x

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  39. What a lovely photos!!
    I am looking forward for that new season too!!

    Have a nice weekend!

    Lluisa

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  40. just puts me in a longing mood for summer,great photos x

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  41. yes and here in england, the light and feel of everything is different! we have crocuses coming and daffs, isnt it lovely! your photographs are super, love that red crochet against the white tshirt and blossom through the window! sigh.... blossom is like proof of fairies as far as im concerned! xxxx

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  42. Hi Jennifer,

    We are going back the other way and will be turning our clocks back soon.
    You must be so happy that Spring and summer will be on its way - the daffodils are so pretty.
    happy Sunday
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  43. Your pictures are stunning! Love your writing style. BTW, it is so, hmm what's the word. . . compelling, I could not resist looking through other posts :) Your daughters tulip dress is perfect! She will grow into it before you know it :) And she loves it - even bigger smiles!!

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  44. Beautoful photographs Jennifer. I also love a bunch of daffodils to brighten up the kitchen. They're so cheerful.

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  45. We have another 10 days to go before our clocks go forward and I can't wait. I love the longer light evenings. :-)

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