WPC: Circle

January 30, 2015 depth 008~

This remains one of my favorite photos taken last year.  It was taken last January 30 from the deck behind our home, when I’d come out to watch the sun set.  The moon put on a show again last week when we enjoyed the full moon for Christmas.  It was especially close and bright, filling the sky with bright light on Christmas Eve and Christmas night.


January 30, 2015 depth 007


These favorite photos of the Moon and Sun seem especially appropriate for the photo challenge this week of  “Circle,”   as they also rule the cycles of our planet’s sky and climate.  The ‘wheel of the year’ turns continually as an ever- present rhythm in our lives.


December 11, 2014 cold 061~

We’ve just passed our Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, and the days have begun to grow again by a minute or so each day.  We have reached, and passed, one of the main turning points of our year.  Even as our days now grow longer, they will also grow colder as we climb back towards the Equinox next March.  These photos were taken December 11, 2014,  just days before the Winter Solstice.


December 11, 2014 cold 057~

We had stopped to photograph this elegant grouping of trees, and stayed to witness the sun setting in the afternoon sky.

Circles , cycles, spheres and spirals offer comfort and companionship along our life time’s journey.  Perhaps you also hold memories close of special sunrises and moon-rises, sunsets and balmy full-moon nights.  Perhaps you also mark the equinoxes and solstices as we do, marking the turnings of the each passing year.


January 4, 2014 garden 057


We hold this common thread with all of our ancestors; this sky watching and marking of time.  We find the circles of standing stones they left for us; their observatories of standing stones used also to measure cosmic time by the stars and planets.


May 10, 2015 Mountain Laurel 021


We look upon the same Sun and the same Moon as they watched.  The same Sun and Moon we watched as children, and that our loved ones see no matter how far away their homes.  Another circle, perhaps?  These are constants in an ever-changing world.

We watch Venus trace a pentagram across the sky in her years long wandering as she shifts from the Morning Star to the Evening Star.  We watch for Mighty Orion to march across the night time sky, and wonder if the stories of bright Sirius might be true….


May 15, 2015 roses 016


Circles and cycles.  As Above, so Below….   These familiar lights still have much to teach us as we unravel their mysteries.

May this New Year, just beginning, bring you happiness, and wisdom too.

Finding ourselves beginning another January, we remember Janus, the one with two faces, who looks both ahead and behind.  This ancient Roman God watched over arrivals and departures, beginnings and endings.


December 13, 2015 CW 172


As we look ahead, we also look behind at the path we’ve followed which brought us to this place and time.


April 30, 2015 Oregon in April 065


Woodland Gnome 2016


July 31, 2015 sunset 007

For the Daily Post’s 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle

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10 responses to “WPC: Circle

  1. …may the circle be unbroken…

  2. great post ! I love the wreath !!!! and a Happy 2016 to you !

  3. ‘And the circles, they go round and round…’ Nice to have your company on the journey 🙂
    Love that della Robbia wreath – wow!

    • Always circles, and some days I run around in them chasing my own shoelaces! When will our circles intersect in real time, Eliza? Thank you for your most excellent company and loving friendship, Eliza. I hope you are enjoying these first few days of the new year. ❤

      • I hope we can meet in 3D sometime, maybe in 2016! If I get my act together… I seem to be feeling very lazy after the rush of the holidays. I think hibernation may be setting in!

        • That is a good thing. We all need a time of rest and time to turn our attention inwards. Meeting in 3D would surely be a treat, Eliza. Let’s hope we can find an opportunity! Stay warm… winter is blowing in here tonight. ❤ ❤ ❤

  4. Sukanya Ramanujan

    Beautiful photographs and so well written! I also wrote about the moon for the WPC Circle theme- https://sukanyaramanujan.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/weekly-photo-challenge-circle-moonrise-over-jerash/

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