Every summer love story had the moment of good bye at the end of summer; the moment young lovers try to savor because it will be a while before they are together again. My summer movie is drawing to a close as soon the golden light will leave until spring. Though I am not a fan, the gray, wet, cold days of winter in Kentucky and Tennessee are necessary. A fallow period of rest and restoration is needed before the new of spring, the abundance of summer and the glory of fall.
This lake is my comfort spot. I have walked alongside it for 25 year; sometimes more regularly than others. Returning to the familiar path is like spending time with an old friend. We are comfortable together. If there had been a lapse in visits, we pick up where we left off the last time we were together. I time my walks so that I can bask in the Divine golden light of the first hour of sunrise. Everything is beautiful in this warm light.
Nothing is immune to this daily miracle. Today I saw beaver, otter, turkey, geese and, I’m pretty sure, a Kingfisher. The blue herons were not in their usual spots. The turtles were not yet out sunning themselves. Soon a Bald Eagle will reclaim the lake as his winter home.
The golden light will leave in early November. There will be occasional brilliant sunrises or sunsets, but the lower angle of the sun and cloud cover will create flat light. I will still walk at the lake, but not as often. Truth be told, I am a summer girl. My motivation wanes in the cold, windy, dark days when I can longer seek out the golden light for taking photos.
Today I am savoring the beauty of the golden light. I am taking my time on my morning walk to soak up as much beauty and warmth as I can before I must say my good bye.
In February or March I will be on an early morning walk or driving on a rural road near sunset when I will be surprised by a glorious sight. My love, my golden light, has returned.
This is my Walktober blog post organized by Robin.