Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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Late April, my backyard.

After I've put my daughter to bed, I go out to the backyard and wander. It's pleasant in the evenings now and I go out barefoot. The patios are still warm from afternoon sun, the grass is growing soft and green again. I pick up stray balls and bats, take the patio umbrella out of the table in case the wind comes up, park bicycles more neatly under the porch roof. Soon, I'll have potted plants to water. The light changes minute by minute as the sun sinks lower in the west. The green things get darker while the mountain lights up pink as its namesake, the watermelon. The chickens settle into the coop as the sun fades. They converse contentedly, using their brand-new clucking sounds. I'm contented too, savoring the cool, new grass under my feet, thinking about the new growing season, the end of the school year, the beginning of the long summer break. There will be beautiful sunsets for months to come, but these are my favorite ones; it's novel to be outdoors in the evening, in light and warmer weather, smelling the neighbors' barbecue grills, knowing my children will both soon be tucked up inside, outdoors-tired again from their play in the afternoon.  Eventually, I go inside. There is a reading boy to tuck in now; first, we compare our shadows, lengthening on the garden wall. Then the house is quiet. I have my yarn and hook and a stack of library books. My heart is full with my day, the patterns and routines which make up this life I lead, this home which isn't perfect but suits us fine, the family I share it with, the mountain I can almost reach out and touch, the sinking sun and the painted sky.

52 comments:

  1. The view from your backyard is truly magnificent! I think that afternoon sunset would have to be my favourite art of the day :) So many gorgeous colours dance with the setting sun. Our afternoons are getting much cooler now and as soon as the sun sets woolly socks go on. I love this time of year too :) Enjoy your evenings.

    Sophie xo

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  2. Hello Jennifer,

    These are the most magical of images. How wonderful that you can see it all from your house. What a perfectly lovely landscape you live in. There cannot be any two days that are alike in terms of light and shadow.

    We agree that this low, golden light towards the end of a day is so beguiling. Somehow everything looks specially captivating and the colours are often amazing as the daylight is refracted in the air. It is good to give thanks for these simple yet precious pleasures in life.

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  3. Jennifer, you photos and your words are again so beautiful! Thank you!! xo

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  4. Jennifer, I do love your photos. Sunset is such a lovely time isn't it and it's nice to take some time to appreciate the beauty that is around us. The view of that mountain is amazing. It is getting warmer here too and it really makes a difference. I am looking forward to summer. Have a lovely evening. :)

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  5. Such lovely photos, a lovely time of the day to reflect too.

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  6. What beautiful photos Jennifer. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Hey Jennifer,
    I love the routine of putting the garden to bed at the end of the day. I am out there alone, and savouring the last drops of sunshine too. Beautifully written Jennifer. The light where you live is just stunning. Orange and pink hues.
    Leanne x

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  8. This was a beautifully written post, Jennifer. You've down a wonderful job of catching the feelings of the day's end with your words, and with your camera.

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  9. Lovely. The light is so golden where you are that it looks more like our light in June. Here, the heating or fire still goes on in the evenings. But no need for a coat any longer, yay. X

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  10. Just beautiful! I love the evening light.

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  11. Beautiful words and images....I love how you have captured those moments of golden early evenings, shadows lengthening, and tidying up after children have been playing. Magical!
    Helen xxx

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  12. What beautiful photos and prose. Thank you for sharing the magic and peace of your life with us.

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  13. gorgeous evening photos. xxx

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  14. That sky is fantastic Jennifer!!! And the way it highlights your garden is so magical!!! Wow! I too would just putter about to take in that fantastic beauty! Wishing you a lovely day friend!!!!

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  15. Beautiful post Jennifer. I can hear the contentment in this post. The newness of spring and the happiness of family.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  16. Beautiful photos as the sun sets. Being barefoot in the backyard sounds like bliss :) Wendy x

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  17. I love those moments, the quiet tidying of the garden in the early evening. Somehow it makes a mundane chore so serene, being outdoors with the fading light. A lovely post, Jennifer, thank you! Chrissie x

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  18. Such stunning light. I love that time of evening, I like to potter outside and pack away the toys too. All ready for the next days play xo

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  19. Υou took some dreamy golden photos Jennifer!You captured so beautifully not only the landscape, items or plants but all the magical atmosphere of the moment. I liked and enjoyed them so much!

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  20. So relaxing. I love sitting out in the evenings and admiring the sunset.- Lovely photos!

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  21. Aw looks so lovely and peaceful. Your iris's looks so beautiful cant wait for mine to come out. Wishing you a lovely week x

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  22. You paint such a warm and pleasant image.. thanks for sharing it with us. You're a peachy pal!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  23. That's almost poetic Jennifer you paint such a beautiful picture and your pictures are beautiful, you make me wish I was there. :) xx

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  24. That light is exquisite, you have captured it beautifully. I love the shot of the road and of course that amazing mountain. You are so lucky to have such a stunning view. I love your description of the quiet warm evenings, I know exactly what you mean. It is much the same here, tidying away the outdoor toys, listening to birds settling down for the night. Blissful. CJ xx

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  25. Your life is such an oasis of peace and gratitude. The photos are beautiful. The ones of your children in shadow are haunting in their loveliness. And the photo of the curving road looks like an entrance to heaven. You have made this life for yourself and you deserve to enjoy it as you do! Your children will grow up wanting nothing less!

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  26. You have a amazing view, gorgeous photo, wonderful light
    Clare x

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  27. Beautifully written post with wonderful pics, Jennifer, thank you for sharing them with us! I love your watermelon mountain - how divine to look out on that from your lovely home! Joy xo

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  28. Amazing views, truly stunning photos.

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  29. I like the shadow photos best of all ... and the mountains. How lucky you are to have mountains within view.

    Thank you for this lovely and peaceful post! :)

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  30. Beautiful Jennifer and gorgeous pictures

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  31. Your photography is gorgeous and your words pure poetry.

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  32. I was think ing the same : pure poetry!!!
    xxxxx Ale

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  33. I can almost feel the warmth from here. Just beautiful x

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  34. I LOVE your phots *sigh*. especially that sun deco on the wall - thats lovely!

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  35. The light is beautiful at that time of day, and your view is fabulous.

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  36. Oh Jennifer you take the best photos ever, I say this every single time I visit here, I feel as though Im standing right there. You capture everything so perfectly. It all sounds and looks wonderful
    Have a lovely day

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  37. Beautiful! Those flowers are gorgeous!

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  38. Beautiful words and lovely photos. Thank you for posting this! Jx

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  39. What a stunning picture you describe of your home. We lived in Albuquerque years ago when my hubby was in the Air Force at Kirkland AFB . We loved living there with the mountains but all our family was in the Midwest so we went home after his duty. I remember those beautiful evening breezes and the gorgeous temperatures. We spent many summers up hiking in the mountains.
    Ann

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  40. Your garden is looking beautiful, especially at this time of day. Your irises are so pretty! xx

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  41. So beautiful! Your words. And the light from the setting sun. Have a wonderful day. Tammy

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  42. What a magical time of day, your photos say so!

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  43. Sunsets are really wonderful and the light is magic for photos. Thanks for sharing your evening.

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  44. Lovely sunset shadows!
    Your Iris look glorious!
    Can't wait for mine......
    Have a great weekend...
    Cheers!
    Linda:o)

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  45. Wonderful time of the day to capture, the light and colours are fantastic. Sarah x

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  46. Such beautiful images Jennifer. You are blooming where you are planted ... tis a joyous thing and that you share it with us is a privilege :)

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  47. Ah Jennifer, I always seem to be yearning for the kind of weather you are experiencing, I long for light nights and barefoot garden strolls. But for now your beautiful photography and the pictures you paint with words will have to keep me going... thank you! x

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  48. How wonderful to hook to that glorious sunset and those stunning views. Your beautiful flowers and pots. You take such fabulous photos that I feel the sun and the warmth. I am longing to join you with such beauty around you xxx

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  49. The view from your backyard is really something spectacular! The light is just gorgeous in your photos.

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  50. Jennifer, you paint such a wonderful picture of your contented life in these beautiful photos and equally beautiful words. I really loved this post.

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  51. Stunning photos, words and insight into your day. This is my favourite kind of post to read!! J9 x

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