Turning aside to a Brightness

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It’s my birthday tomorrow, which is a good excuse for me to be even more introspective than usual. Birthdays usually evoke thoughts of the past and the future; where I’ve been and where I’m going. Photography has been a lovely way to stay grounded in the present, alert to its own unique beauty. Lately, I’ve been enjoying the unique light in the hour right after sunset, when the world is bathed in the last lingering light, and the evening is illuminated by other varied lights.

So here, a selection of photographs from my recent evening walks, alongside a favorite poem about the gift of savoring the present moment, “The Bright Field” by R. S. Thomas.

I have seen the sun break through

to illuminate a small field for a while, and gone my way

and forgotten it. But that was the pearl

of great price, the one field that had

the treasure in it. I realize now

that I must give all that I have

to possess it. Life is not hurrying

on to a receding future, nor hankering after

an imagined past. It is the turning

aside like Moses to the miracle

of the lit bush, to a brightness

that seemed as transitory as your youth

once, but is the eternity that awaits you.

– Eyes wide open, Chinwe


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