One of life’s simplest pleasures is enjoying the beauty of the sun as it rises and sets. During the summer months, the sun tends to rise before I do, but as the latter part of the year approaches, the days get shorter, giving me the ability to enjoy both each day. Here in Kansas City, there’s usually a bit more pink, but I only grabbed a few colors for today’s doodlewash. Although I enjoy the sunrise, the sunset is usually more memorable. Perhaps it’s the memory of those days spent on vacation when the setting sun signaled the end of a lovely adventure and the promise of a fresh new day of discoveries ahead. Most likely accompanied with a lovely glass of wine. I used to be an avid photographer, and the time shortly after sunrise and just before sunset is referred to as the “golden hour.” That period of the day where the fierce light of the sun was softer, making a gorgeous glow that rendered everything in its path just a bit more beautiful. If one was just leaving work, this period of time is also referred to Happy Hour and produces more flattering pics to post on Facebook.
Today, we traveled a bit to go to an annual family reunion about an hour and a half south of here. Between our city and our destination, there are only rolling fields of hay bales and the occasional clustering of cows and sometimes goats. I’m not one who actually enjoys driving long distances. I appreciate the change in scenery, but don’t wish to be in a car while enjoy it. I far prefer traveling by train, where someone else is in charge of those things. The roads seem to stretch endlessly in rural areas, so it feels like you’re making no progress at all. On a train, I’m perfectly content, but for some reason when I’m behind the wheel and responsible for moving forward, I become restless. Perhaps, I’m still that little kid wondering “are we there yet?” even though I’m now driving and know the answer is an emphatic “No!” But, even as my restless side gets irritated, there’s another side of me that finds it all rather peaceful. The steady repetition and the gloriously expansive scenery is really quite fabulous. Life can get so incredibly tense at times, that those moments of nothing much at all are a bit of a treasure.
Now, we’re back home again and having a quiet little evening with a bit of ratatouille and wine. Outside the day has just moved into the “golden hour” and everything is peaceful and almost magical. The cicadas are singing that song they always sing that nobody quite understands, and the light is slowly fading. This moment, is absolutely perfect. It’s a feeling of being suspended without care. I’ve no idea what I have to do later, or certainly tomorrow. For now, I’m content with just being in the moment I’m in right now. It strikes me that this is the feeling I should seek more often. One without worry or preconceived notions. A ridiculously simple feeling of knowing that no matter what is happening in the world, in this particular moment, everything is perfectly awesome. The golden rays of the sun are slowly beginning to disappear and the night will soon take everything over from here. I guess it’s no wonder why people feel such pleasure in that most amazing thrill of watching sunrises and sunsets.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Da Vinci Yellow, Hansa Yellow Deep, Cobalt Turquoise, and Payne’s Gray. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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