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Sunday, January 9, 2011

January Light




An elderly gentleman recently told me that he came to New Mexico in 1963 from rural New York. His mother gave him two years. Almost fifty years later he's still enjoying the winter sunshine.



We say we have four seasons here: Summer, Fall, Winter, and Wind. And the windy season is the most severe. But we almost always have sunshine.



Sometimes all you need is "A sunbeam in a winter's day" (John Dyer c. 1700-1758). But the light is just pouring in this morning at a blinding angle as the sun tries to right itself in the sky once again.



The energizing light almost makes you forget the morning cold as you take in the brilliance of everything it touches in the early show.



It becomes a forgotten moment as I move through the business of the day. But the energy lingers, and lends more life to the day than if I hadn't stood briefly to take it in.



At the end of his days Crow Foot compared light to life in his Last Words (1890).

"What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of the buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset."






























































Wishing you many light-filled hours!
Ciao! for now!

Jacqueline



Linked to House in the Roses for Cottage Monday
A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday

25 comments:

bee'nme said...

Simply gorgeous in every way Jaqueline! You've captured the beauty of light in picture and in word, leaving me inspired and refreshed...thank you.

Blessings,
Becky

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your vignette is gorgeous and your pics of how the light is shining in on everything are just stunning. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

High Street Cottage said...

What a beautiful inspiring post...'tis why I come here xoxo tami

mary beth said...

Nobody makes white look as interesting and soothing as you do! I get fresh new ideas every time I stop by! It's a good thing I don't live within driving distance of your shop! I do have a friend who visits ABQ on a regular basis, and I have told her to look you up..hope she finds you and spends lots of money! Thanks for sharing your pretties with us!

Deb said...

Another gorgeous post. I love dropping by. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

Sylvia said...

This post in a way reminds me of home; warm colors,wonderful thoughts and sunlight that makes everything seem dreamy and romantic...Thank you, Sylvia

**Anne** said...

I think I must have been a cat in a former life. :) I love the sunshine. Thanks for sharing.
Anne xx

Sarah said...

Jacqueline, you certainly know how to capture light in your photos. These are amazing images. Beautiful vignettes! ~ sarah

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a beautiful vignette and great photos and words. I love your stack of books. I am slowly adding to my collection.

sissie said...

Oh, your photos are breathtaking.

hugs
Sissie

salmagundi said...

I made my best purchase of brown transferware in Albq. about 4 years ago - 13 pieces of 19th century for $36! It is beautiful, but that pitcher shown in your vignettes is to die for!! Enjoy your sunshine - it has snowed all day here in Colo., but I know tomorrow will be full of light. Sally

Blondie's Journal said...

Beautiful pictures, Jacqueline...you really have captured the light in a special way and your vignettes are lovely as always!

XO,
Jane

Kay said...

I looked at your photos of the sunshine and just felt so warm all over!! They are indescribably beautiful! As you know, I've always said Oregon has two seasons, the rainy one and August! Although August isn't particularly reliable in having sunshine either, anymore. It's been so very dark and gloomy for so very long! Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your sunshine! Actually this afternoon for a very brief moment, the sun did peek through. I tried to go for a walk in it, but the wind and cold were too much for me. I didn't get far! Then it went behind the clouds again. They're predicting snow in a few days. Enjoy your sunshine!
Love, Kay

Faded Charm said...

Beautiful photos of even more beautiful stuff. The sun adds that sparkle that we all need to appreciate once in a while.

Have a wonderful week.

Kathleen

Sherry said...

Just beautiful. Love that brown transfer ware pitcher. Very nice the way you weave the words with the pictures. You are an artist!

Linda said...

Beautiful photos, Jacqueline! I love how you've captured the light...and I always love seeing your beautiful linens...

Auntie Bliss said...

Lots of tea leaf love! :)
I love your morning light photos and all your displays/collections.

Custom Comforts said...

Love your vignette, as usual, but especially love that brown transfer ware pitcher and that sweet little wooden box. Now that I'd like to steal:) Very nice!
Cindy

Shelia said...

Everything is gorgeous! Love how you set up vignettes!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Olive Cooper said...

Love that mortar and pestle.

Bella said...

Hi Jacqueline,
Thanks for sharing your bit of streaming sunshine with me! I needed it today, so dreary here, though more snow is on the way, always followed by freezing cold sunshiney days, bright and cheery!! You are high in elevation, you must get quite alot of snow?
Bella

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

A wonderful post with inspiring and beautiful photos! I really enjoyed the comentary and quotes about the sunshine....you see, we have the same wonderful light during the month of January here in Texas, too. It is a wonderous thing and affects so much of our well being and comfort!

Carol said...

The January light is absolutely wonderful!

AshTreeCottage said...

You have transported me to your sunny corner of the world. Delightful pics too!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Donnie said...

What lovely photos and words. I enjoyed our visit.

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