The Joy of Afternoon Light.

There is a delicacy to the sunlight in the hours that fall late in a day, especially in the season of winter. The light is pure and quiet, as if nature wipes the palette clean and pays whispered reverence to the closing of the day.

In awe of afternoon light (verse one)

The magic time is here.
These are the hours which can hold the very best of a day – rest, readiness, reverie … all are welcome, all feel right.

In awe of afternoon light (verse two)

If a day could be thought of as a garment … this afternoon light may be,
the hem of a long silken skirt which catches the grass as softly padding feet pass by … or perhaps it is a pretty ivory-coloured flower, carefully tucked behind the ear of one who wears loose curls and a secret smile.

In awe of afternoon light (verse three)

The sun falls gracefully towards its nightly slumber, happily going gently into that good night* … And so the day’s golden hue begins to scatter, but nothing is lost … rather something wondrous is gained.

Do you see it too?

(*with apologies to Dylan Thomas)


  1. Selma

    Oh, I see it and it is a joy. You have captured such serenity in this post, such a sense of quiet. Lovely.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Selma – So glad you can see it too … there is magic in the afternoon sunlight. 🙂

  2. Lucent Imagery

    Oh absolutely. I am making a point of getting out with my dog in the afternoon to walk in the park and then sit down to look at it’s beauty. Each time I think I should have bought my camera to capture it, but sometimes there’s a restful peace in just sitting in the moment and not trying to capture it anywhere but in your senses. And then we wander home and I begin making dinner for my beloved husband. The blue of the sky during the day has been gorgeous and again I keep starting blog posts in my head when I’m underneath it. But for now I will just enjoy it.

    I adore your words here. So beautiful, poetic and descriptive in the most imaginative way. I love seeing a post come into my reader from you.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lucent Imagery – How wonderful! A little spot of walking with a canine friend is a delightful way to appreciate and indulge in a delicately sunlit afternoon. Sometimes it’s lovely to just pause and be in the moment rather than trying to capture it on film … it’s like a special secret for one then! 🙂

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this post, and thank you for your ever kind words … you are such a pleasure to have as a reader.

  3. woolf

    i mostly see that hot pink lingering… oh my! that is a sight…
    i’m so longing for winter through your words! what is wrong with me? i’m walking about bare footed and in a marcel only… and as much as i am enjoying all this, you’ve just made me hanker.
    oh! no reproach intended. i know what’s coming… there.
    you have made me smile. as usual. now that smile is floating towards…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Woolf – Just gorgeous colours aren’t they? Haha, sorry for reminding you of the delights of winter when you should be enjoying the various joys of warmer seasons … I’m so very glad though to have brought a smile your way. xx

  4. Erika Lee Sears

    I love all the gorgeous changing colors of fall. Fall and Winter are ultamate coffee weather.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – Yes indeed, the changing colours of autumn and winter are a delight. Haha, and they are definitely the seasons which act as perfect companions to our beloved coffee. 🙂

  5. Meagan

    So pretty!! I’m thankful it’s summer – Chicago winters are so brutal!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Meagan – I’m glad you enjoyed my wintery glimpse. I’m sure winter is on a whole different scale for you … Australian winters are generally pretty mild. 🙂

  6. Gabrielle Bryden

    Lovely words and photos Tracey 🙂 It is the best time of the day (photographers love that time – and in the morning equivalent).

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Thank you! I love that time of day in the garden (and that tree is my favourite in the backyard).

  7. Krystal/Village

    afternoon and evening light is my favorite, especially when it’s reflecting on the floor and everything 🙂 i’m like a cat and i lay in it!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Krystal – I agree! When the light is bounced around and reflected, it’s just gorgeous … there’s nothing more that can be done other than to enjoy it! 🙂

  8. Signe

    So strange to see winter images while we are in the middle of summer 🙂


    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Signe – I know … I’m always forgetting that it’s summer somewhere in the world! 🙂

  9. Narnie

    This is stunning, my friend. The photos and your words… simply stunning.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kiersty – Oh thank you dear … you are very, very kind to say so. xx

  10. Louise

    Lovely. You have described this time so well.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Louise – Thank you. I just know you’d appreciate that delicate sunlight too. xx

  11. shinelittlelight

    Glorious! *s*

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Shine Little Light – Thank you! It was so enjoyable to bring this piece together. 🙂

  12. Katie

    Oh Tracey, I just love the way you see the world & relay that with such poetry. I’m loving the afternoon sun at the moment in my new old love seat on the verandah. It warms me up & makes me feel peaceful.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Katie – Thanks for your sweet words … there is something so very wonderful about sitting outside on a deck or verandah and soaking up those last few sun rays of the day. I agree with you completely – it is calming and peaceful, a real treat for the soul. xx

  13. Lynne

    How poetic! Love the photos.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lynne – Thank you! They are photos of my favourite backyard tree, taken at my favourite time of year. 🙂

  14. Meagan

    Oh I see it too.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Meagan – I’m so glad you see the glory of winter afternoon light too. 🙂

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