October 1, 2014
There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The Earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Apparell’d in celestial light,
The glory and freshness of a dream… William Wordsworth
I found this poem, by William Wordsworth, quoted in the front cover of the children’s classic, Betsy-Tacy,
which I am delighted to be reading for the first time. (a gift- my first fan mail!) The poem was written as a
recollection of early childhood. We are all familiar with the contagious joy of a child experiencing life’s
everydayness with rapt wonderment.
Although not a child, I, too, feel this poem when I pick up my
camera. It’s especially true as I welcome October- my favorite
month next to May.
Since I am now in the habit of leaving the house with a fully charged
camera, my common walk to the garden for tomatoes ‘to me
did seem as if the Earth and every common sight was apparell’d
in celestial light’.
Can you see it?
I do not know what the grey outline is around these virginia creeper leaves. I did not see it when I took the
photo; therefore, I am labeling it celestial light.
Starting with the dandelion puff in the first photo at the top of this post,
you can follow the trail of my camera lens with each consecutive photo. This brief walk was brimming with ‘glory and the freshness of a dream’.
The next few weeks will be clothed in splendor- ‘every meadow, grove, and stream’.
Be ready to drop the dust cloth and get out on the other side of the windowpane. October is a gift,
and it lives for such a short time- be with it.
You will find me here swinging in the arms of this massive
maple tree, amidst the falling leaves…
reading Betsy-Tacy, by Maud Hart Lovelace. I love her name- Lovelace- it decorates Maud so pleasantly.
You will also find me here traipsing over meadow,