Autumn Skies

I’ve been enjoying the colours of the sky over the past couple of days. Autumn astounds me at how majestic it can be.

The morning sunrise has pink hues as the sky starts to light up. I pause for a moment at the end of my night shift to enjoy my country living.

The night sky offers a faded orange backdrop to an industrialized world that I am a part of. The black shadows of straight edges are a harsh contrast to the randomness of nature.

Yet there is still beauty to be found in both.

First Sunrise of Grade 12

Our oldest daughter is beginning her final year of high school today. As tradition with The Langley Fine Arts School, the Grade 12’s all got together nearby the school and watched the First Sunrise of Their Grade 12 Year.

My daughter came home about an hour afterwards with a big grin on her face and a pep in her step. She was happy to see all of her classmates and friends again. She told me that people shared stories of their travels and summer experiences. It sounded like everyone was hyper-energized this morning. I think they are all looking forward to the upcoming year.

And as with tradition, on the last “official” day of Grade 12- the students will get together and watch the Last Sunset of Their Grade 12 Year.

I wish them all the best for this final high school year! And may they enjoy the experiences that come with their friendships formed throughout these past few years.

What Were The Skies Like When You Were Young?

I don’t think I remember what the sky looked like when I was younger.  In the past few years however, I’ve looked onwards and outwards more often.  The beauty that this world has to offer stretches far beyond the horizon.

This morning had another beautiful start.


This morning I paused for a moment with my son as I drove him to school.  I admired the sun as it was coming up, but he didn’t care.  It was just another day to him.  I thought about my youth and how I was always seeking the next moment, never indulging in what lay before me.  I still do that instinctively.

The sky over Nevada 2015.


Last year we took a more scenic road trip back home from California.  Through Nevada, the roads stretched on forever, sometimes meeting with the sky.  It has been my favorite drive to date.  The flow of the roads and the lay of the land- I just went with it.  

Sunset in Hawaii, April 2012.


The same sky that I have looked at and ignored for so many years has shown me more than enough beauty that I am ashamed to have missed it in the past.  Now- every trip we go on, I take a snapshot of the every changing landscape.  Absolutely breathtaking.

Storm clouds on a drive home from work.


Sometimes even the worst weather can share with us a glimpse of wonder.  Our daily grind keeps our heads down focused more on each step to the next goal.

Sunset along the river just north of our home.


At the end of the day, as well as the start, the earth turns and showcases the light bouncing around from the sun.  Not every sky is clear.  Some are dotted with clouds.  Other days there are streams of colour, bursting all around us.  


But we forget.  We forget to enjoy the moment.  We forget what it’s like to stare off into the sunset.  We forget that we need to let go and allow the alluring sky to take hold on occasion.

Not everyday is a rush to get to the next location.

Sometimes, you just need to watch the clouds roll by and remember what the sky was like when you were young.

Sunrise After The Rain.

I just want to say “Thank You” to the sun this morning.  I had a few rough days recently, but there was the sun this morning- doing it’s daily thing.  It was a beautiful sunrise I experienced on my drive home from the nightshift.  


Yes, I understand science tells me that the sun doesn’t actually rise, but the term is one that has been used for eons.  It still doesn’t stop it from happening.  

The sun’s rays had shone brightly, showcasing so much of nature’s beauty this morning.  I had to pull over to capture the moment on my cellphone before it passed me by.


The light and colours were magnificent.  This was a sunrise- post rainfall, late summer sunrise- that I needed to see this morning.  There was the sun, shining it’s way through the trees, making life glisten once more.

Thank you sun.  You brightened my day. 

(Wow.  Awful “Dad Joke” to end today’s post.  Sorry.)