22 September 2011

the sky was on fire

after church in trowbridge, graham picked me up from the reading train station and we headed straight for the highlands of scotland. it was a 9 hour drive: for a girl from the american west, no biggie…for an englishman, a neverending trip to the ends of the earth.

some of the most spectacular sights of my british isles trip were beheld on that drive and they were impossible to capture. i let it all soak in and took some photographs on my heart. driving past the lake district at golden hour was almost more than i could take. so eventually after 15 minutes of insanely gorgeous and resplendent sunset, i demanded from the driver’s seat that graham attempt operating my camera to immortalize the moment. he didn’t do too awesome, but at least i have some type of (pathetically unrepresentative yet physically extant) memorabilia to remember this sunset.


it was otherworldly. i was ecstatic. i was deliriously happy. folksy hymns were coming through the speakers. warmth for my life and my trip and my god was streaming through my heart. i was yelping with glee to an amused graham. something in the rearview mirror caught my eye. a rainbow! a brilliant, hazy yet crystalline, gleaming stripe of hues. i felt almost dizzy. in a conversation i recently had with my aunt, she described beautiful tender mercies from heaven as “kisses on the cheek from god.” this was a spectacular one.


the sky was on fire! and so was my spirit – alive and burning.

pure beauty striking the summer sky, awe-filled respect absconding with your heart, a feeling of insignificance at the very heart of the sublime, so fragile and swollen with the majesty of things, trapped, ravished, amazed by the bounty of the world.”
-muriel barbery, the elegance of the hedgehog


  1. dang. i sure wish i was there for the drive with you. i would have been yeling and whooping and hollering with glee. you rule.

  2. Wow, this is totally spectacular! Thanks for sharing. Might rival those Bear Lake sunsets! Awesome!


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