Sky on Fire: Sunsets in the City

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“A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its going. And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east.”

~ John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

Spectacular Sunsets

In the late summer and early autumn of 2008 and 2009, the sun in Calgary took to setting itself with outrageous beauty and flare. There must have been pixie dust or some other magic in the air those nights—on several occasions our city was graced with the most incredibly saturated, spectacular sky-on-fire sunsets I’ve ever seen. Incredibly brilliant colours danced in the dusk sky in the most dramatic ways—ways I’ve yet to see again. I thought I’d burst from the beauty of it all—an ever-changing spectacle of red, orange and sometimes pink flaming clouds melted into the skies. And I got to enjoy all of this beauty right from our living room window (where all of these photographs were shot from). What glorious shows… what a glorious series of shows we had!

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The Danbo Brothers Enjoy a Sunset

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Forever is composed of nows.
~ Emily Dickinson

Enjoying the Moment

The snow and bitter cold have arrived and The Danbo Brothers stayed indoors today, possibly because they’ve been having some difficulties acquiring winter hats and scarves for their small and rather boxy heads. I wish I knew how to knit—I’d happily have knitted up some winter wear for the brothers by now if only I could.

I know the Danbo Brothers would have rather been outdoors today, but being indoors didn’t seem to dampen their spirits one bit. They hung around the kitchen this morning, intently watching my every move as I cooked up a belly-warming batch of roasted butternut squash soup. And early this afternoon I watched them as, curiously, they began to gather some of my books, a good number of them actually, dragging them one at a time off my bookshelf, down a long corridor and into the living room. I had no idea what they were up to.
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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. Continue reading