Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The turning of the sun

Today I had a conversation with a friend, one of those exchanges that searches into forgotten places.
It was about how we love the dark,
and the way it holds so many secrets.
 From the perspective of the darkness, the world outside changes shape.
 The winter hills are sleeping,
 as somewhere, in the stillness of winter solstice, the sun turns away from its trajectory of loss,
and a promise is seeded, of something new and glorious being birthed from the depths.

Happy solstice to you all, whether you are in the depths of winter, or in the brilliance of full summer.
Across the world, we are linked.

12 comments:

Marja said...

Absolutely gorgeous pictures The one where you look out of the cave is spectacular. I love caves and also love to explore the dark to find secrets

silkannthreades said...

I am reminded of the kumara which should be stored (in darkness) for 6 to 8 weeks after harvest so that it can cure and obtain the sweetness that we love. I didn't know this the first and only time I grew kumara. They were still rather nice. :)

Hotly Spiced said...

I was so happy when the solstice came and went and now we've moved into that phase where every day is longer than the last - it does bring hope! Your images are stunning and remind me so much of NZ xx

Penny O'Neill said...

Lovely, lovely indeed, Juliet. Here, of course, we just celebrated the longest light of the year. I love the connection of the seasons from so far away, but, you already know that, my blogging friend. Penny

Juliet Batten said...

* Marja, so you love caves too. They are so full of mystery.
* Gallivanta, I love the analogy of the kumara being stored in the darkness.
* Charlie, I'm glad the images gave you a nice reminder of NZ
* Penny, it is so special feeling the polarity of the seasons between us, dear blogging friend.

Thank you for your comments Marja, Gallivanta, Charlie and Penny. I appreciate them so much.

Vicki Lane said...

A wonderful series -- especially # 4. Summer solstice is nice but winter solstice is my favorite -- watching the light return.

Juliet Batten said...

Vicki, thank you for your kind comment. I like that 4th shot too - it was so magical looking out from inside the big cave. Winter solstice always seems more dramatic to me than summer solstice.

Juliet Batten said...

Vicki, thank you for your kind comment. I like that 4th shot too - it was so magical looking out from inside the big cave. Winter solstice always seems more dramatic to me than summer solstice.

Nadezda said...

You're right Juliet. The darkness helps us to better see the surroundings. Nice photos, especially one of the cave.
Have a nice day!

Juliet Batten said...

Thank you Nadezda. The cave is very large, and can only be entered when the tide is right, but looking out from the darkness is always spectacular.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely stunning use of light and dark - a- and the environment, of course! Ruth

Juliet Batten said...

Thank you Ruth. So nice to receive this comment.