Brilliance Before the Dark

Kate Flora: It is one of those days, or weekends, or weeks, when I’ve had a dozen great IMG_0249ideas for blog posts and cannot seem to choose among them or get organized to write them. So tonight, as I was driving along admiring the full moon after a spectacular day by the ocean, I thought about entering the month of October. October makes me happy, because it is crisp and fresh and gorgeous, with the bluest skies and the bluest water and energizing wind. One of my Joe Burgess mysteries, Redemption, opens on an October day much like today.

October makes me sad because it is followed by the grays and browns and dull golds of November. Therefore, I have to remind myself to seize these beautiful days. Stop bending over the keyboard hour after hour, but get up, go outside, and breathe it in. The smells, the geese honking overhead, the clouds of butterflies and frantic bees.

IMG_1089One particularly splendid aspect of October is that, for some reason (which a weather person might explain) we have the loveliest and most spectacular sunsets then. Even as I grow cranky at the fact that my days are shorter, they are coming to an end in unsurpassable fashion.

Obviously, October has just begun, so I can’t share this year’s sunsets with you yet. But this weekend, I was scrolling through years of photographs, trying to organize them into categories (including whimsy, abstracts, and signs), and I kept scrolling past breathtaking  sunsets.

I imagine that everyone’s camera rolls (or the current equivalent thereof) are full of IMG_0278photos of sunsets. We all want to try to capture that magic, though we’re rarely successful. But since I have the luxury of a west-facing view, I have some that for me, at least, still make me draw in a breath and go, AAAHHH! OH! YES! How lucky I am to have seen this.

Let’s see what you think.







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6 Responses to Brilliance Before the Dark

  1. Sunset photos are always worth taking. Every so often one surprises me because it’s so stunning. I have one taken in Newfoundland and another just north of where route 7 and 202 cross, that I can see in my head as I write this.

  2. kaitlynkathy says:

    Gorgeous, Kate. Sometimes we just need to sit still and look at something beautiful.

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  4. daveplimpton says:

    Some of the most spectacular sunset pictures I’ve seen, Kate. One special thing about them is the contrast between light and dark you’ve captured. I still remember the key thing I learned in Art History over 50 years ago: “Contrast is everything!” And I think, like irony and juxtaposition, it applies to creative writing as well.

  5. Spectacular, Kate! One after the other – thanks!

  6. bethc2015 says:

    Your title is perfect as are your photos. Thanks for the reminder to enjoy it while we can.

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