Clutching Stardust

The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening.  It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.
~Henry David Thoreau

Painting the indescribable with words necessitates subtlety, sound and rhythm on a page.  The best word color portraits I know are by Gerard Manley Hopkins who created  through startling combinations:  “crimson-cresseted”, “couple-colour”, “rose-moles”, “fresh-firecoal”, “adazzle, dim”, “dapple-dawn-drawn”, “blue-bleak embers”, “gash gold-vermillion”.

I understand, as Thoreau does,  how difficult it is to harvest a day using ordinary words.   Like grasping ephemeral star trails or the transient rainbow that moves away as I approach, what I hold on the page is intangible yet very real.

I will keep reaching for the rainbow, searching for the best words to preserve my days and nights forever, for my someday greatgrandchildren, or whoever might have the patience to read.

After all, in the beginning was the Word, and there is no better place to start.

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5 thoughts on “Clutching Stardust

  1. These photos are incredible–the rainbows AND the glorious autumn light–both fill me with that nameless nostalgia that proves God has something wondrous in store for us when we get Home!

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  2. Thank you for capturing and “clutching the stardust” in that magnificent moment of God’s spotlight shining across the land yesterday. The resplendence was breathtaking, as are your photos. I so appreciate your choice of text—always as poignant as the photos! Bless you for sharing this “gift” with us!


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  3. I believe you’ll be read, for a long time to come, and your images admired for generations to follow. Your great grandchildren, and their great-great
    grandchildren will know you through your work and be very be very pleased, as all the of us are today.

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