Lightly Child, Lightly.

Of all the things I wondered about on this land, I wondered the hardest about the seduction of certain geographies that feel like home — not by story or blood but merely by their forms and colors. How our perceptions are our only internal map of the world, how there are places that claim you and places that warn you away. How you can fall in love with the light.

Ellen Meloy, The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky (Vintage; July 8, 2003)


  • Quote: Thank you Beth @ Alive on All Channels
    Photo: DK @Daybreak. November 27, 2020. 7:05 am. 45° F. Cove Island Park, Stamford CT
  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”


  1. Such an intriguing observation and one that resonates. Have definitely been places where I felt, “Nope, not comfortable here,” and others where I immediately felt my shoulders drop, my breathing calm and my heart say, “Ahhh, yes, this.”

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  2. I could fall in love with that light again and again and again.

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  3. A stunning photo, David! I am wrapping my mind around the inspiration quote….”lightly.” I know I am where I belong. Have a good day!

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  4. one of your best by far!!!!!! post card quality

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  5. as mm once said, ‘perception is reality.’ that it is

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  6. I love that photo, DK. Beautiful!

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  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    The light is everything!! .. “How you can fall in love with the light.”
    — Ellen Meloy, The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky (Vintage; July 8, 2003).


  8. Beautiful. 💚

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  9. That light. Well, orange is my favourite colour and this shot is amazing. What a perfect pairing of prose to picture; David.

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  10. Image is sublime. Touching ❤️

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  11. “How you can fall in love with the light.” This was Kashmir for me, many years ago. The light, and so much else.

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  12. Wow.. it’s like you caught the trees waking up and stretching. ☺️

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  13. This is a wonderful message. I loved reading it.

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  14. Yesterday, we left just about 4:30 it was still light…we walked along the creek and admired the brilliant full moon rising…it was visible showing it shiny face at different vantages as hills and trees momentarily obscured…we continued on arriving home after the street lights had been on for a while…we crossed the road and noted the Moon was now high in the sky…we understood “How you can fall in love with the light..”

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