Meditation on the End of a Beautiful Day

Death is not extinguishing the light;
it is putting out the lamp because the Dawn has come.

~ Rabindranath Tagore

A Tribute to Two Beautiful Men

This time-lapse video is dedicated to two beautiful men whom I dearly love and whom I have been blessed to have in my life: my own dear father and my dear father-in-law. Two years ago, they both left this world just a few weeks apart. They each lived a long, rich and happy life and I often feel their joyous spirits around me.

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Opal Mountain Range, reflected in Spillway Lake, Kananaskis Country.

On the day I die, don’t say he’s gone.
Death has nothing to do with going away.
The sun sets, and the moon sets but they’re not gone.
Death is a coming together.
The human seed goes down into the ground like a bucket,
and comes up with some unimagined beauty.
Your mouth closes here, and immediately opens
with a shout of joy there.

~ Rumi

A Perfect Day

My partner shot the footage for this time-lapse video two days before his father died—a day that will stay forever etched in my memory. It was an unseasonably warm, utterly gorgeous late-September day and we spent most of it basking in the splendor of the Rocky Mountains. Late afternoon turned to early evening and, as the sun sank lower and lower, we headed over to Spillway Lake (more of a pond, really), which by that time sat in the shadow of the mountains that lay to the west of us. To the east, the beautiful Opal Mountain range was still flooded with sunlight. The golden sunlight on the Opal Mountains and the blue light of the twilight sky reflected perfectly in the still waters of Spillway Lake.

We set up our cozy picnic chairs, sitting quietly, reverently taking in the incredible beauty of our surroundings—not speaking, lest we break the magical spell that had fallen over us.

The evening was still, the lake dark and glass smooth, but for a single Blue-winged Teal quietly bobbing on the surface, occasionally diving beneath the water. Its movements created a dazzling dance of perfect radiating golden circles expanding and shimmering across the entire lake—every ripple exquisitely and magically illuminated. It was one of the most breathtakingly beautiful sights we’ve ever seen.

The sun set and we drove back home, euphoric, under an indigo sky adorned with stars and a thin thumbnail sliver of moon shining bright. It was an utterly perfect day.

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Blue-winged Teal silhouetted on Spillway Lake, Kananaskis Country.

My partner’s father particularly adored the mountains and he passed that love on to all of his children. When he died, just two days after this perfect day, we felt as if his spirit had already been with us that evening as we watched the sunlight dance upon the Opal Range.

 

Video Credit:
Sunset on Opal Mountain Range, by madlyinlovewithlife and BJC;
© 2012 madlyinlovewithlife and BJC

Image Credit:
Spillway Lake, by madlyinlovewithlife; © 2012 madlyinlovewithlife

The Opal Mountain Range at Spillway Lake, Kananaskis Country, Alberta.

 

7 thoughts on “Meditation on the End of a Beautiful Day

  1. Dear Jeannie,
    I felt tears welling up in my eyes as I watched the videos and looked at your photos. I humbly feel it’s a wonderful dedication to your father and father-in-law, and how happy they must be, to know their children appreciate nature. As Hervé already mentioned: simply Wow :) This was the perfect way to end my Sunday night. Thank you!

    • Thank you for your very kind thoughts, Takami! We truly had a very special time that evening as we filmed, photographed and watched the sunset on the mountain range that night. It was an unusually warm evening too, which is rare at that time of year in the mountains. All the conditions were utterly perfect and so magical. I shall always remember it. I wish you a very happy week ahead. :))

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