Thursday, November 18, 2010

quiet pursuits at end of day




the lowering sun is skimming and shimmering
in eddies and wavelets, in
flashing diamonds and molten silver
as the resident waterfowl forage along grassy banks,
neck-deep,then
plumping feathers in end of day warmth,
chuckle quietly
and settle into night.

(linking with imperfect prose)


30 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

Very pretty, Leslie -- I love resident waterfowl, wish I had some.
Take care.
Luv, K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

keLi said...

your photos are beauty, as always, friend. and they remind me of something that Ann Voskamp said in her Relevant keynote: how birds feather their nest with feathers plucked from their own breast ... she wielded a lovely metaphor about words plucked by writers, and these photos brought it back to mind.

hope that you are feeling well today.

Noelle Renee said...

Leslie,
These photos tell a lovely story. I was suddenly so at peace just looking at them. The light that you have caught and the moments with these birds and their simple and elegant movements is quite heart-opening when connected with your poem. I actually think that it would make a wonderful children's book if you had enough of them and rhymes like these. You might think about it my dear. You are so talented. Thank you.

xoxo,
Noelle

ELK said...

i hope you are feeling well..the birds have a gently rhythm here ..so nice

Laura said...

I love "the lowering sun" and the thought of feathers chuckling! Beautiful images for the eyes and mind.

Joyce said...

Leslie, love the peace and calmness of the photos. xo

Nancy said...

I had the same thought as KeLi above, so I echo her comments--especially hoping you are feeling well today. Blessings, beautiful photographer!

Loni said...

Beautiful words with beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing!

Jodi said...

Gorgeous as always. There's a river near our home that always gives me a feeling of peace when we walk along its banks. Are you feeling better, friend? <3

Rick said...

Very peaceful images, and peaceful words - I hope they also reflected your day.

Beautiful photos.

rebecca said...

beauty shimmering in each word, each feathered delight.
xoxoxox,
rebecca

Southern Gal said...

Beautiful. You should share this Simple Pleasure with Dayle, too.

Kati patrianoceu said...

Beautiful. That really is the most precious time of day, isn't it...

Elisabelle said...

thank you so much for you words.
the first ones i have received after publishing this so intimate (and scary) post to me. they were so warm and comforting.
you are truly yourself an inspiration.
i can see and feel how much you enjoy each little moment of your life though you could be complaining and bitter about your illness.
you give so much love, no wonder you receive a lot from family, friends and blog world.

suzy said...

What beauty! Stunning images. I love the way you capture the light, exquisite.
And the words settle into the heart gently.
Thank you.

deb said...

oh, Leslie.
wonder wonderful.

thank you for this today.

becky at abbeystyle said...

Thank you for stopping by and leaving such lovely comments. Thru imperfect prose, I hoped to find some spirits in common...and I see that I have--your poetic prose is just what I look for...and I do so love these Florida moments with the birds at the beach!

TALON said...

What a beautiful end to a day. Your photos are lovely.

Claudia said...

peaceful words with a beautiful picture..calmed my soul..thanks

Graceful said...

Sweet peace indeed. And I like that description "molten silver" a lot.

alittlebitograce said...

gorgeous! i particularly like the quality of the light in those shots, especially the second one.

S. Etole said...

your words and photos tell such a peaceful ending to the day ...

Craig and Bethany said...

Such vivid images of word and photo. It's like a sigh of rest for me. Thanks.

LauraX said...

this is so beautiful Leslie...I feel so calm after viewing your images and reading your words. Thank you.

emily wierenga said...

chuckle quietly and settle into night...

i sighed deep with this, for the beauty. i always love coming here. such peace, dear leslie. such beauty and peace. thank you for this place. xo

julie said...

Such peace in these words. I, too, liked how you made them "chuckle" before settling down for the night. Makes me think of the pond near my home. It's full of ducks and their little ducklings. My daughter loves to watch them.

B. Meandering said...

Wow! That first photo is a stunner: the ripples and swirls--making it look deep, yet the birds are walking so it must be shallow.
So much to look out--so much depth--I imagine if I come back and look at it again that I'll see something I missed the first time.

Touching poety ---you're reaching new heights as a poet and photographer,. :)

Elizabeth said...

These are such peaceful images. I find such peace when I come to your blog. I thank you, too for all your kind words on my blog. It's hard to imagine that you suffer from chronic pain such is the patience and generosity that comes from you. Thank you --

25BAR said...

Now that's not a bad way to spend time!

LauraX said...

a balm, your words and images are so soothing for me today my friend...I'm thinking about you too:-)