Thursday, June 24, 2010

light, lake, lilypads

we celebrate midsummer here in denmark on june 23 - sankt hans aften - i'm not sure why we don't celebrate on the actual solstice, but hey, i'm up for any opportunity to celebrate the light. and celebrate we did this evening. our neighbors had saved loads of sticks and old hay and had a most spectacular bonfire, which is a traditional element of sankt hans. traditionally, a witch is burned on the fire, but we skipped that bit (and i kept myself at a safe distance, just to be sure no one gave me a little push).

afterwards, we headed down for a little sail on our lake. this time, we found pink waterlilies. and although i just shared waterlilies yesterday, i had to share them again. making hay while the sun shines, as it were. or lilypads while it's light, perhaps?







thank you all for sharing the places where you get away from the world on my previous water lily post. i love how many of us are drawn to water and nature in general. having grown up on the prairie, i'm also drawn to wide-open spaces where i can see forever. and speaking of that, i'll be headed there on saturday! i'm looking forward to watching a good thunderstorm or two come rolling over the prairie. and of course, to seeing my family. that bit goes without saying. but i'll admit i'm starting to wish they'd just come here and hang out with us and the lilypads.

23 comments:

sarahowens said...

Sigh. These are absolutely beautiful. You have an amazing eye my dear. I could look at these all night (and probably will :).

Safe travels! I, too, love those wide open spaces, so of course, I can't wait to see your photos from this trip.

Izzy said...

beautiful!

Barb said...

You should totally get your family to come to you! It's hot as hell in the prairie lately! But, safe travels. I love the pictures. And I'm sure no one would've pushed you into the fire. :)

The Painting Queen said...

Ahhhhhh the pink ones are spectacular as well. You captured the light so beautifully!

Stephanie Meade Gresham said...

nice work. makes me want to sneak away from the kids for a while and snap a few.

*sigh.

so jealous.

Jill C. said...

Beautiful pictures!

Deb said...

Wowie Zowie! What gorgeous photos! The light, the light! I see why Monet loved to paint them...so looking forward to seeing his someday. Thanks for sharing, took my breath away.

Erin Wallace said...

These photos are uncommonly beautiful - the light, the color, the white balance - so unbelievably gorgeous!

xo Erin

Elizabeth said...

Wow, you did a VERY good job with those lily's.
Two more days to prepare and than your flying away to your home away from home.

Have fun.

inna said...

wow, they are gorgeous!

Sammi said...

Is it also Denmark where you don't celebrate Christmas on Christmas? Or am I thinking of somewhere else?

Happy 2nd Summer Solstice!!

Polly said...

absolutely stunning photos, there is a certain Bollywood quality to them - in a very positive sense - the inense but misty colour and the sun... wonderful

have a great time at home!!

Shokoofeh said...

These photos are amazing!!! So beautiful I can keep looking at them forever!

xo

Diane said...

Just gorgeous waterlily shots. Thank you!

bussola said...

fantastic photos

f8hasit said...

As always, I LOVE your photos! Thank you for sharing them!
:-)

heidikins said...

Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous.

xox

Gwen said...

Traveling mercies. (I mean that on so many levels ....)

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

We just had a wonderful thunderstorm this morning. I loved every minute of it. My little pond has yellow water lilies. I celebrate each lovely bloom by taking a photo. These are spectacular.
Brenda

Char said...

these are so beautiful!!! what a gorgeous luxury to have in your new place.

xo

safe travels

Bee said...

These are amazing pictures.
Liquid light.

Anne said...

Just a quick note to say:

1) I'm going to camp out in your backyard so that I can bottle and take home some of that light.
2) You have lilypads in your backyard. In your lake. Does that make you giddy with happiness, or what?

Happy solstice!

Belinda ... said...

What wonderful pictures! I would love one on my wall at home!