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.

25 thoughts on “Savor

  1. Robin says:

    Such a beautiful walks, Sarah! Thank you. I love the golden light, too. And those turkeys! They look as though someone set them on shelves as seasonal decorations. Perhaps they are making their own art installation. 🙂

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  2. Kathy says:

    My goodness, Sarah, did we meet through Robin’s Walktober? (A little slow on the uptake here…) Love your walk and your pictures and your goodbye to summer. Do you live in Tennessee?

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    • Sarah Davis says:

      Nice to meet you. I saw your walk and liked what your write, so I gave you a follow. I feel like a newbie around here, just figuring out this blogging.
      Yes, I live in Tennessee, but I also spend a lot of time in Kentucky where my parents and horse live.


  3. katchat17 says:

    Wow, I felt like I was on the walk with you – taken in by the golden light, filling up with warmth and gratitude while having to say goodbye for now… I’m a summer girl too. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Your photos are beautiful, Sarah, and your thoughts echo my own as we move towards winter. The short days and dimmer light, not to mention the chill, keep my time outside to a minimum. Hibernation time, tea and lots of reading near the wood stove will replace my garden time. Thanks for sharing your Walktober with us!

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  5. cheriewhite says:

    October is the best month of the year to walk and I too love to go on a walk on a beautiful, cool breezy day. I also live in Tennessee- in West Tennessee, about 40 miles north of Memphis. Howdy, neighbor! 🙂

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  6. Debbie says:

    Sarah, I’m over here from Robin’s blog — thanks for letting me tag along on your Walktober. Your part of the country is stunning — I’m pea-green over all that water! We’re not too far apart, actually (I’m in Illinois), and I so identify with your saying that you’re a summer girl. This early cold has me already wishing for spring!

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  7. dawnkinster says:

    I love that light too, sometimes it seems as if the very air is glowing. I guess it is. Thank you for taking us on one of your last golden light walks. Such a beautiful place you have. I have a favorite path to follow too, and you remind me it’s been awhile since I’ve been there.


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