1 We awoke to the most beautiful dawn sky, red and deep orange becoming violet, mauve and amber and eventually blue with pinky-peachy clouds. Sadly the old words were right and that beautiful red sky was indeed a warning for the rest of the day.
2 In the lovely Lemon Street Gallery in Truro was a fabulous sculpture looking not unlike a Grandfather clock but full of intrigue. I was encouraged to open the doors, ring the bells, swing the pendulum, discover the secrets behind the doors. If only I could afford to buy this most beautiful and imaginative piece by Baz Roscoe and Sans Robinson. Do read the information too – such thought and love have gone into this remarkable structure. I love it! Here you can see the artists talking about their piece.
3 I came home to find some photos in my dropbox from my Dear Sister in Hawaii. I give you two of her photos and invite you to read her lyrical words that follow. Beautiful indeed.
“I’ve been with the elemental nature of the Earth in such a dramatic, yet personal way. The hike out is intense. For one, it is dark and two you are hiking over lava (not the hot, red stuff!) for about three miles. Lava comes in all shapes and forms and you have to be VERY careful. The lava can be fragile, or it can be very solid – you don’t know and so each step is taken with great care and respect for the land. Often there are large cracks, but I have learned that if you keep moving forward and step over them, the land will support you on the other side. And then – after an hour and a half of preparation through this hike – it suddenly gets hot – blasts of heat rise up from the ground and as you look down – there are hot spots. Not flowing lava yet, but you know it is flowing under where you are walking – and don’t forget, some of the lava is fragile, so you take each step with even greater care and connectivity to the land.
And then! – I cannot express the awe of watching the elements in their raw expression of power and beauty. We spent about two hours out there, through the dark until after dawn, with the changing light and complete, awe-inspiring power. The lava would continually find new paths, blasting out of the cliff face, creating new fiery rivers and pools as it made its way towards the ocean where it was greeted by a force we are all familiar with. The ensuing connection between the two elements of fire and water produced huge billowing clouds of steam which rose up the cliff face – being pushed by the wind – sometimes into your face where it stung your eyes and filled your lungs with an unfamiliar breath. Leaning on a huge lava rock, I realized my back was getting warmer and warmer. My support, though firm lava, still had the warmth of the running lava inside it.
The connection of fire and waves were creating new land, in the form of black sand – a beach was instantly being formed at the base of the cliff through the combination of forces. The elements fire, water, earth and air all in their most passionate expressions.
And then – the hike back – new land under foot. How beautiful this lava is – bejeweled with gold, silver, platinum and electric blue. In shapes and colors now visible in light of the new day. Shaped in ropes and strings and flows – you can see how it flowed, how it formed this land which I am so blessed to call home.”
January 30, 2013 at 3:12 am
Magnificent sky, almost always a precursor to stormy weather.
January 30, 2013 at 12:31 pm
Yes! I should have known better than to go out without a hood! Umbrellas were useless in the wind. 🙂
January 29, 2013 at 11:54 pm
Love all! The photos of the lava are incredible. I have never seen anything like it!
January 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm
Nor had I. That’s why I thought people might like it as a beautiful thing 🙂
January 29, 2013 at 6:31 pm
Goodness what a wonderful post, your sister has a way with words 🙂 I think you posted this yesterday but it never appeared in my reader. I realized I hadn’t seen your post so I came to the blog and found it, so glad I did 🙂 Yvonne
January 29, 2013 at 7:04 pm
Ha! I looked for it in the Reader and couldn’t see it too. I wondered what had happened.
WP sorted the other problem for me.
Daisy does have a way with words doesn’t she? Our Dad was a novelist and I think she has inherited some of his magic!
Thank you for looking for my post! 🙂
January 29, 2013 at 2:16 pm
Must have been an incredible experience. There’s something awe-inspiring about the rawness of the elements.
January 29, 2013 at 4:41 pm
I agree – elemental indeed. 🙂
January 29, 2013 at 3:25 am
loved your post today…all photos and descriptions were so interesting…
January 29, 2013 at 9:28 am
Thank you. It was a colourful one to put together. 🙂
January 29, 2013 at 1:03 am
Shepherd’s warning – I only know ‘Sailors Warning’ which we’re living the heed today in spades.
The Namaste Sculpture is interesting. Actually I had a brief look at previously on a blog of someone from Leeds. Your images did it justice.
Your sisters account of a living breathing volcano nothing short than spectacular.
January 29, 2013 at 9:26 am
She can really create a picture in your mind can’t she? It was almost like being there. 🙂
Choc Chip Uru
January 28, 2013 at 11:45 pm
Those photos of lava are so threatening but beautiful so they draw you in – wow!
Choc Chip Uru
January 29, 2013 at 9:27 am
It must be amazing to experience that 🙂