Midnight in the Garden

Suddenly its summer again.  The ice is gone, and the lake is once again water – beautiful, inviting, friendly, lapping against the metal pontoons of our houseboat, singing to us all day long.  The boats are back on the water and outside our window we see canoes, sailboats, and the occasional float plane, where just days ago it was solid ice.   We have dinners on the deck in the warm sunshine and linger over wine.  It’s also, once again, that time of year when the sky is spectacular.  We see the big fluffy clouds that are only here in the summer, and the air has that crisp and clean look of infinity, once again.  The sunsets linger all evening long, and well into the night, eventually dragging itself off to sleep, like a reluctant child on summer holidays.  As we near the solstice it only sets for 4 hours;  not really night at all, but a prolonged twilight.

The other night I looked out the window as I was going off to bed too, and was struck by the first purple sky I’ve ever seen.  I went outside to take a photo.  I came back inside, and thought it looked even better, and went outside once again for another shot.  This went on several times – back and forth, back and forth, until finally the sky darkened, the light dwindled, and I went to bed too, like a reluctant child on summer holidays.


Seagulls sleep under a big bruised sky


Purple and blue reflections

Yellowknife from Houseboat 28

Yellowknife from Houseboat 28

About Tandi

I love my morning coffee, reading, the wilderness, paddling, poetry, my Spanish husband, and being a doctor. I also love writing my blog, and reading yours.
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5 Responses to Midnight in the Garden

  1. Absolutely gorgeous!

  2. Spectacular! It really IS purple. Glad your camera could capture it.

  3. shoreacres says:

    It’s such a beautiful sky. And how I laughed at your in-and-out-and-in routine. I’ve done that plenty of times, myself. Just when I think the show’s over, something changes, and back I go. What I still haven’t had anyone explain to me (to my satisfaction) is why we have predominantly yellow, orange, gold and red sunsets, and only rarely pink or lavender. As a matter of fact, the pink and lavender come in winter, when it’s colder, and the sun’s angle is different. Perhaps our winter skies are mimicing your summer ones.

    • Tandi says:

      That is a very interesting observation. What makes the sunsets different? I’d love to know. I will ask my meteorologist uncle – perhaps he can enlighten us. Perhaps it has to do with the angle of the sunset.

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