Sunrise seen at Blair’s Ferry Road, around 7:45 a.m. Jan. 13, 2014.
I saw a God sky this morning on my bike ride to work.
You know what I mean—shafts of light peeking from beneath and between clouds.
I’ve been a bit down this January. Fall semester was rough for me—I felt very overwhelmed, and I am again slipping behind this term. I am struggling, a little, to stay focused and “fresh.” And the winter doldrums don’t help.
So it was a nice bit of weather break this week when we had two days of thawing. It’s just a normal, short respite from winter, which has many more weeks to go, but I’ll take it.
I don’t know why, but the beauty of the sky was drawing me today. After the pretty sunrise, later in the ride I was startled to see an eagle in a backyard tree on a random residential street along my route.
An eagle in a tree near Eastern Avenue. I saw it on my morning commute Jan. 13, 2014. Crows were in an uproar, and one brave crow is getting close.
I had to stay on campus late today, due to a musical practice. And when I was heading across campus late in the afternoon, I was briefly entranced by the waxing moon, which was rising as the sun neared the horizon. I took a photo that looked like the moon was the fruit of a winter sleeping tree.
The moon is not full get, but growing. I like how it look like it grew on the tree, and also how tree branches are reflected in the MMU Peace Pole.
A slight shift in angle. Moon rising on Jan. 13, 2014 at Mount Mercy University.
And then I shot the sunset. It was pretty too. Not quite spotlight beams like the morning God sky, but stirring nonetheless.
Sunset at MMU, view one.
Seeing a pretty moonrise or sunset or sunrise doesn’t exactly solve my life problems. But even these transient gifts from the universe can remind me of transcendence, and help lift my mood.
Another view, sunset at MMU Jan. 13, 2014.
The next few days will be busy. I have two classes running right now, in a term where faculty usually teach only one. I am again (surprise!) behind in grading. I’ve got a lot of work to do.
Still, universe, thanks for the reminders that spring is eventually on the way. In a few weeks, we’ll see what all those fall bulbs added up to! Several plant catalogs came in the mail this week. I’d dearly love to put in a new garden in front this year, but must work on convincing the boss.
Maybe I should show her a sunset or two.