Saturday, September 24, 2011

Picture for One Moment



 
"Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail."
Robert Motherwell

On Wednesday, after work and during a phone conversation with my daughter, I looked to the east through the glass and was lucky enough to see this. 
 
In New England, it's been rainy, humid and very buggy. We're looking forward to crisp, sunny days. More often than not, Autumn here has much to offer in the way of natural beauty in peak leaf season, an abundance of crops from local farms and many fairs and festivals.  I'm especially looking forward to the The Garlic Festival, with its hippie vibes and emphasis on sustainability, lots of great organic food and of course, a garlic stand to beat the band. And Wayne wincing at the garlic I'm about to consume. It's a good thing I am in possession of other charms. ;-)
 
 
A good Autumnal Equinox to you! And a song. One I think I play every year on The Pagan Sphinx Harvest Festival, written by Andy Partridge of XTC. I truly hope you can access it where you are. It is sublime. A modern masterpiece.




Lyrics to Harvest Festival :
See the flowers round the altar
See the peaches in tins 'neath the headmaster's chair
Harvest festival

See the two who've been chosen
See them walk hand in hand to the front of the hall

Harvest festival
Harvest festival
What was best of all was the
Longing look you gave me
That longing look
More than enough to keep me fed all year

See the children with baskets
See their hair cut like corn neatly combed in their rows

Harvest festival
Harvest festival
What was best of all was the
Longing look you gave me
That longing look
Across the hymnbooks and the canvas chairs
The longing look you gave me
That longing look
More than enough to keep me fed all year

And what a year when the exams and crops all failed
Of course you passed and you were never seen again
We all grew and we got screwed and cut and nailed
Then out of nowhere invitation in gold pen

See the flowers round the altar
See that you two got married and I wish you well

Harvest festival
Harvest festival
What was best of all was the
Longing look you gave me
That longing look
Across the hymnbooks and the canvas chairs
The longing look you gave me
That longing look
More than enough to keep me fed all year

Harvest festival
 
 
Peace and all groovy things,
Gina
 

14 comments:

  1. Love the rainbow and the song, Sphinx! Thanks for posting them!

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  2. What a perfect moment to look out. And to think you might have missed this (and then so would we).

    Happy to see a post from you... I hope your autumn is spectacular, healthy, and measures up in every way.

    S

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  3. Beautiful, hope-filled photo, Gina. 'Harvest Festival' is one of my all-time XTC favourites, which is the same as saying one of my all-time favourite songs - ever. So, thank you.

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  4. Simply beautiful Gina! Thank you for taking the time to post it for us. G

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  5. What a beautiful post! I so enjoyed reading, viewing that magnificent rainbow and reflection, and listening to the song. Thank you for adding happiness to my day!
    Enjoy harvest and the garlic! and may joy and peace be yours.

    I am away again until mid October; this time England and not Ireland. I am leaving some Ireland posts on my blog for the time that I am away ... if you want to take a peek.

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  6. What a magnificently beautiful photo, Gina!

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  7. gina, it's so lovely to see YOU again and that rainbow is your heart...xx

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  8. Mary, Ginger, Jams: I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

    Singing Bear (Jerry): it's great to have someone out there who is as passionate about XTC as I am. I miss you on facebook!

    Francis: it's so nice to have you commenting again. Good to hear that you're back in the saddle!

    Linda: aw, thanks Linda. My heart is never empty of love. I only wish I could show that love as beautifully as Nature can with a rainbow.

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  9. Aguja: have a wonderful trip. I've only ever been to London and nearby Salsbury. I hope to visit other parts of England one day; perhaps Ireland and Scotland as well.

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  10. not only did you get a rainbow! but you catured the reflection of the rainbow as well

    beautiful

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  11. Steve - thank you for the kind note. I wish yout the same.

    Dianne - I got lucky didn't I? I've never seen a rainbow over the river in the seven plus years I've lived here. :-)

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  12. How wonderful you were able to capture a photograph of this most extraordinary rainbow. Of course, overlooking that river as you do you must see a lot of marvelous effects to delight the various parts of your day.

    We've been surprised too at just how humid the weather can be in the Maritimes as I think I was imagining Baffin Island conditions most of the year with perhaps a few clear and barely warm days in midsummer. Thank heavens there haven't been too many bugs but that's likely a product of most of our time spent in town.

    The song is lovely.

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  13. I'm amazed by the photo, Gina. I had somehow thought that the rainbow (contrary to imagination) was created from raindrops quite near to the observer's eye. If that were the case then they would not be reflected in the lake. So the rainbow really must be where it seems to be, over there in the sky.

    Now I'm wondering if it might truly be possible to go digging at the foot of the rainbow to find a hoard of gold belonging to the Little People!

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