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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The One I Didn't Expect

I have mixed feelings about the new part-time job I’ve taken.  I loved the quality product offered at the specialty food and cheese shop where I worked for the last fourteen months.  But an opportunity developed and for reasons with which I shan't bore you, I've moved on.   The upshot is that instead of working 2-3 full (and I do mean full) days per week, I’m working four short days and even though daylight savings deserted us on Sunday, I get home before dark.

Which means there was still plenty of light on Tuesday when I walked to the bedroom, sloughed off the professional clothes I haven’t worn in over two years, pulled on my blue jeans and sat down to finish a freelance-writing-related invoice.  Then, I looked out the window. 
 
The sun was burning through the trees behind our house, and on a hunch, I grabbed the camera, climbed into the car and drove to the pond, 300 yards down the street.  As I suspected, the sun mirrored itself on the motionless water. I forget you lose all subtlety when you take pictures directly into the sun though.  Standing on tiptoe to try to reach above the reeds cluttering my view, I clicked the shutter 16 times, hoping to capture the sunset sinking below the horizon, while it flamed into the pond below. 




   
I only turned away from the sunset once.  Gosh, I’m glad I did.


19 comments:

Jan Morrison said...

Wow! Me too. I mean I, too, am glad you did. Wow! Sometimes that happens in my writing - I am going after one thing and another worms its way in, to my surprise and delight.

Old Kitty said...

Beautiful shots!!!! I feel most autumnal now! Take care
x

Yvonne Osborne said...

It's nice to get home before dark and capture moments like that. Just Wow. Looks like you should be in National Geographic. Nice to have invoices for freelance writing. I should try that.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

WOW! Absolutely breathtaking. You simply must visit that pond everyday, even if you don't have a camera in hand. There's so much beauty and serenity in that place, a short visit there would be better than a visit to the world's best therapist.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wow, those are stunners! Glad you were quick with your camera.

Bish Denham said...

Oh, oh, oh! Took my breath away, as I'm sure it must have taken yours. Beautiful.

glnroz said...

what ever you did, it worked..

LR said...

Over here from Carol's Tiki Hut.

What gorgeous pictures! I'm going home to Boston tomorrow. Can't wait to enjoy the foliage. :)

'Yellow Rose' Jasmine said...

Oh yes, love that magic sunset light that bathes everything with an indescribable warmth. It is beautiful for portraits as well, but hard to catch just right.
Love your fall colors and the Gaussian effect on the reflection in that pond.

jbchicoine said...

Oh, wow, those are simply stunning--not sure which I like better...

Carol Kilgore said...

Oh my goodness. Breathtakingly awesome. The sunset itself is smack in your face yelling 'this is what it's all about get out here now and live'. The second one gave me goosebumps. Wow.

Catherine A. Winn said...

Beautiful pictures!! Thanks for sharing!

Lydia Kang said...

That water shot is exquisite! I love the magenta on that rock. Wow.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Whoa, those are spectacular! That was an inspired moment when you headed for the pond. Perfection.

Anne Gallagher said...

Those are the times you'll remember for the rest of your life, whether you had your camera or not.

Give the new job a few weeks to get used to. It'll be good for you.

Helen Ginger said...

Both pictures are great, but I esp love that second one! Wow.

Congrats on the new job.

Wine and Words said...

I'm so glad you did too! You live in the most beautiful place. I am always green with envy.

Lynda R Young said...

oh my goodness I love those photos.

Cate Masters said...

Incredible shots. Simply gorgeous.