Friday, April 1, 2016

Seeing the Light - Five on Friday

It's been lovely and warm the last few days, 
with beautiful sunshine. 

After the wettest winter on record 
here in Western Washington State, 
sunshine is most welcome! 

Let me share this beautiful light
and five lovely quotes with you,
as I go about my day. 

Here the morning sunshine is shining 
through the lace curtains, 
leaving wonderful patterns behind. 

"Even the darkest night will end
and the sun will rise."

-Victor Hugo -

Early afternoon finds me out in the gardens. 

Late March, and the sun leaves long shadows
even at midday. 

Although, it has a soft, ethereal quality. 

"From within or from behind, 
a light shines through us upon
things, and makes us aware that 
we are nothing, but the light is all."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson -

By late afternoon the sun is low and 
diffused by the forest.

All things bask in a dreamy haze. 

Birds splash in the shimmering light. 

Shadows stamp transient images. 

"Turn your face to the sun
and the shadows fall behind you."

- Maori Proverb -

As the sun sinks low and afternoon turns to evening, 
the light shines into my kitchen for the first time
since the autumn equinox. 

It is lovely to prepare the evening meal 
with this little ray of sunshine
to end the day. 

Antique Jello molds on the windowsill
 seem to glow from within as they capture 
the last rays. 

Fading embers in the forest....

as Mount Rainier reflects upon a lovely day. 

"Hope is being able to see that there is light
despite all the darkness."

- Desmond Tutu - 

Evening comes with haloed moon rising
over mountains.

Like seeing eyes, Jello molds reflect  
porch light from across the room as I stand 
at the glass door - right where
 we began as the sun 
shone through lace curtains. 

The light shines in the darkness
and the darkness has not overcome it. 

John 1:5


Thank you for sharing the light of my day! 
Thank you for sharing your light,
Dear Friends! 

I love when you stop by and share your world! 


Today I am joining: 


  1. What a beautiful post Karen. Loved the beautiful quotes. And fabulous photos. Yes it is good to have that evening light as you prepare dinner. B x

  2. Karen!!!!!
    These shots are wonderful and the quotes too!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a nice weekend

  3. Dear Karen,

    Loved seeing the gorgeous sunshine and photos from your beautiful place - the quotes are great too. Thanks for all you share
    Happy weekend

  4. What a wonderful, positive post. Thank you for bringing some light into our lives! I specially like the Maori proverb. I'll try to remember that.

  5. Karen
    Lovely photo's every one of them ...
    I always like the way light affects our every move, we don't always realise and appreciate it.

    Great quote from Desmond Tutu, and your others too.

    Happy Friday

    All the best Jan

  6. Hello, beautiful words and post. Your sunlit images and shadow captures are just beautiful. Thanks for sharing the beauty! Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend.

  7. Beautiful photos of light and shadow. I love the interior shots and the shadow of leaves on the stones. Wonderful quotes too:)

  8. Such a beautiful post, a wonderful selection of quotes and a amazing array of photos. You are one talented lady with a camera. Have a great weekend.

  9. A little bit of sunshine makes all the difference. Beautiful images. Have a lovely weekend :)

  10. Beautiful pictures and words!

  11. That sun really does look inviting, a great celebration of light. x

  12. Dear Karen, my sweet friend, thank you for sharing your wonderful Light with us!
    Wishing you a wonderful and joyful weekend,
    sending Love and hugs and blessings,
    Claudia xo

  13. Stunning photography, immaculate prose! This post made my day. Thank you for pointing out so eloquently how beautiful life is.

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  14. Oh, Karen- what a dreamy and beautiful, mood-altering post! Your images and quotes are amazing. And the woods and garden paths at your home are what dreams are made of for me. That view of Mount Ranier is something I'd LOVE to see in person one day. Just wow.

    Have a wonderful weekend! :- )

  15. What a lovely post Karen!Love all your wonderfully lighted photos. It's the best time of the year, isn't it? Sunshine make us feel better, give us healthy thinking,a remedy for the soul.
    Thanks for sharing!
    happy weekend ahead!

  16. Karen, I am captivated by your word choices and your pictures. I love the haziness of the day. Thank you!

  17. Karen, your sunlit photos are so pretty and it is lovely to see the green and even some blooms there. Lovely post and quotes. I hope your weekend is the same. Hugs, Pam

  18. What wonderful words and pictures and quotes! I really like the Maori one, that was told to me by someone else a little while ago and it is so inspiring in many ways isn't it. I hope that the sun falls on your face a lot! Thank you for taking part in Five On Friday, I hope you have a great weekend! xx

  19. What a lovely post, in photos and quotes! I've just started reading a book titled 'Be Light' and the verse in John was quoted. A great verse. The darkness will never overcome the Light.

    I love the sunlight shining through your lace curtains. So pretty.

    Have a wonderful weekend ~ FlowerLady

  20. Wonderful post, spectacular photos,it almost looks tropical.

  21. It would be cool to paint the fern shadows on those rocks permanently! I love the birdcage!

  22. Beautifully expressed... thank you for taking us along through your day...



  23. Wonderful post and pictures from beginning to end! Happy weekend to you!

  24. This was a beautiful glimpse into your day of light and shadows :) I love the afternoon hazy light you get through the trees. So very spring-like as the ground warms and the moisture fills the air. Beautiful photos of your gardens and surrounding forests Karen. And Mt. Rainier looks spectacular capped with snow.

  25. Karen, your post hit home for me tonight, as light is very important to me. The sun rays shining in your kitchen and living room are lovely, and especially all the light in the forest around your home. The Ralph Waldo Emerson quote is my favorite. I always love his quotes. The moon pictures are very pretty.

    Happy April, Karen.


  26. Stunning photos and love your quotes Karen. It looks as if Soring has arrived in all of its beauty at your house!!

  27. Those are GREAT photos- all shadows and light creating a bit of their own magic. You have some beautiful shots there. April blessings to you- xo Diana

  28. There is something magical about light and how it is captured throughout the day. Glorious photos, Karen, of the awakening of Spring on your beautiful garden and home. Love your lyrical words and quotes. The Victor Hugo quote particularly speaks to my heart.

  29. Happy sigh.... What a lovely, lovely post. Thank you for taking me through your day.

    Peaceful... Pretty... Magical... Especially the Moon...

    Gentle hugs,

  30. Oh wow these are such Beautiful and peaceful pictures, I love seeing them as the day goes on from morning until night with the glow of the moon and your lovely poems and quotes to go with them, Lovely post!

  31. This is an inspirational post Karen. Your photos are just beautiful and I have looked and relooked. It's as if you live in another world to mine. Thank you. xx

  32. Hi Karen, and thank you so much for stopping by. Your comment was actually in my spam, so I'm glad I checked. I know we have many mutual blog friends, including my buddy Carrie, and I've seen your name many, many times and have always wanted to stop by. Well, I'm glad I FINALLY did!

    Your photos are so inspiring, and the play of light seems almost magical. Emerson is one of my favorite poets and the quotes were just lovely and so made my day!

    Please stop by again. I'd love to get to know each other better.


  33. What a lovely series of photos and quotes about light. I really enjoyed this.

  34. My favorite photo image today is to stand right there to view all your handy work and God's...I am thankful for sunlight too!
    My thoughts are with you..dear friend.

  35. Meine liebe Karen,
    du hast ja einen Waldgarten, das ist ja fantastisch. Hast du auch schon die Elfen im Morgennebel auf der Wiese tanzen sehen? Der Ort wirkt nahezu mystisch. Da wohnst du aber auf einem ganz besonderen Fleckchen Erde.
    Diese Sonne im Frühling ist etwas ganz besonderes nach all den langen Wintertagen. Sie erwärmt das Gemüt und unser Herz, so wie deine Fotos.
    Wünsche dir eine wundervolle Woche, alle Liebe Barbara

    PS: Es ist so herrlich gemütlich bei dir. Ich würde mich sofort wohlfühlen, alles kommt mir so vertraut vor.

  36. A lovely combination of words and images. I have to pick that very first photo as my favorite, it is fabulous.

  37. Beautiful light-filled photos Karen. It's lovely to see the sun shining into the kitchen again. I'm sure you enjoy that very much. Happy weekend.

  38. My husband recently said - I understand how cultures came to worship the sun - when the sun revealed itself after we had a lot of cloudy days.

  39. Hi dear Karen ,, que imágenes más maravillosas de esa penumbra del amanecer ,,,, espero que tengas un buen comienzo de semana

  40. Loved the quotes, Karen...and especially loved your gorgeous photos! Monica at Nature Footsteps had a meme I contributed to for a while, called Catching the Light. It was one of my favorite memes, and this would have been a perfect post for it! Alas, she discontinued it, as there were few participants! Each photo you share is just so beautiful, and I enjoyed this very much!

  41. The light falls in such a beautiful way on your pillows, and on the milk cans on the shelf ... beautifully captured!
    The quotes are so peaceful - I am enjoying the bright sunlight of spring as well :)

  42. How lovely, and serene, and inviting. I particularly like the garden shots and that amazing birdcage.

  43. I love this post. All of your pictures just look so peaceful. I want to turn my yard into a garden like yours. So pretty. And those antique jello molds...I need to go on a treasure hunt!

    Cindy Bee

  44. OH my goodness, Karen, your photos are outstanding! I'm in awe of the light that you've shard...gorgeous!!

  45. Hi Karen,
    Lovely words and images! So relaxing to scroll through these....your garden is beautiful--that's where I would be for sure! Thanks for sharing some light!

  46. Such beautiful photos, Karen! I could definitely see some nice naps on that daybed...

  47. Oh I really like those shadows and lights! You should share this post with Shadow Sunday link party at Shadow Shot Sunday.


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