A Gauzy Dance: The Sunrise

June 20, 2016

Dawning day along U.S. Hwy. 97 in Oregon

Dawning day along U.S. Hwy. 97 in Oregon

“. . . a gauze dance,
lighter, lighter,
yellow, blue at the tops of trees,
more God, more God everywhere,
lighter, lighter,
more world everywhere . . .”
— Anne Sexton, from “The Fury of Sunrises”

Wind turbines in the dawn light

Wind turbines in the dawn light

Would anyone sleep late if they knew that there was a rapture-inducing light show celebrating all Creation outside their doors and windows?  How many times have I missed these spectacular natural performances simply through inattention and lack of care (and tiredness)?

My husband and I drove the night through on our road trip to the Painted Hills in Oregon.  So, cocooned in our car, we were enveloped by the dawn.  The skies began to brighten incredibly early, around 4 a.m.  (The summer solstice in Seattle is today, June 20th, at 3:34 p.m. — how appropriate that today’s blog post celebrates the sun.)  And we were presented with a “gauzy dance” as the earth awakened.  We kept stopping along the road so that I could photograph the cloud choreography.  Our destination may have been the Painted Hills, but we started the day immersed in the spectacle of painted skies all around us.

I didn’t think the day could get much better than this.

Power lines across the high plateau

Power lines across the high plateau

Approaching sunrise

Approaching sunrise

Softening light as the day awakes

Softening light as the day awakes

Captivated by the eastern skies, I suddenly remembered to look west, and this was the reward.

Sunrise with telephone poles

Sunrise with telephone poles

 

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4 Responses to “A Gauzy Dance: The Sunrise”

  1. kittybluhm Says:

    Wow! YES!


  2. Wonderful post, thank you Rosemary! The early morning skies just might be my favorite part of living on this planet and keeping floral hours sure helps one to see more of them.

  3. A Says:

    happy solstice!

  4. Selena Says:

    Beautiful ♡


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