Humans are vulnerable and rely on the kindnesses of the earth and the sun; we exist together in a sacred field of meaning.~Joy Harjo
This week, Amy’s theme is “Here Comes the Sun”. She invites us to explore the sunlight and everything under the sun. Fortunately, this summer in Vancouver, B.C. the rain clouds have scuttled away and the sun has been shining down on us for days on end. Amazing–given its oceanic climate with many days of low-hanging clouds and with a yearly average of 92.6 inches of rain.
And now, the photos:
Dawn over English Bay, Vancouver
The difficulties you meet will resolve themselves as you advance. Proceed, and light will dawn, and shine with increasing clearness on your path. ~Jim Rohn
Earlier this week, I woke up, looked out the window, and ran for my camera. Here you can see the masts of the boats docked in English Bay and the mountains in the distance.
Mid-Morning in the Skies Over Vancouver
Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.~William Blake
In July, the skies were clear on the morning we flew over West Vancouver to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.
Noon at Nanaimo, Vancouver Island
Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon.~C. Day Lewis
In Nanaimo, we watched the annual bathtub races (I’m not kidding) and kids having fun on inflatable slides. Isn’t this quintessential summer fun?
Mid-Afternoon at the Rose Garden in Stanley Park
Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.~Henry James
We discovered the Rose Garden in Stanley Park this summer, where dozens of roses are on display. Here are the flowers at the peak of their beauty.
Late Afternoon on Bowen Island
What’ll we do with ourselves this afternoon? And the day after that, and the next thirty years?~F. Scott Fitzgerald
On a mid-summer day, we took a ferry to Bowen Island on Howe Sound. After hiking for a while, we sat down on the grass and enjoyed the gorgeous view. As the sun lowered in the sky, we walked back to town and ate tapas for dinner with our son. A wonderful summer day.
Sunset at Sunset Beach, Vancouver
When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.― George R.R. Martin
A few days ago, we took a walk after dinner and captured this scene of people enjoying the sunset. It’s no surprise that this place is called Sunset Beach.
As our summer in Vancouver comes to an end, we feel very fortunate. The weather been exceptional this year; we have also been spared the mud slides and forest fires that battered this area in recent years.
Sadly, our friends and family in other parts of the world haven’t been as fortunate. The summer has meant droughts, forest fires, water rationing, blazing temperatures…I’m afraid that this is the new “normal.” Circling back to the quote at the top of this post, the indigenous poet Joy Harjo reminds us that we, as humans, are vulnerable and rely on the kindness of the earth and sun. Our coexistence with nature is essential to our survival and an integral part of our sacred journey on this earth. Her poetry and poems have been a wonderful treasure this summer.
We invite you to join Amy and all the Lens Artists this week as we share our world lit by the sun. Be sure to visit her site and see her wonderful “sunny” collection.
In closing, I’d like to extend a special thanks to those of you who joined us last week in my “Motion” challenge. What fun! I loved your galleries and experiments exploring how to capture, freeze, blur or animate people and objects in motion.
Next week, it’s Ann-Christine’s turn to lead the challenge, so be sure to visit Leya next Saturday at noon EST. Until then, stay well, stay safe, and be inspired!