Lightly Child, Lightly.

“…that hopeless sense of loss which makes beauty what it is: a distant lone tree against golden heavens; ripples of light on the inner curve of a bridge; a thing quite impossible to capture.”

—  Vladimir Nabokov, Laughter in the Dark (Vintage; February 16, 2011, first published 1932)


  • Photo: During yesterday’s Daybreak walk. 33° F. 7:11 to 7:33 am. January 2, 2023. Cove Island Park, Stamford, CT.  More photos here.
  • Quote via CODA
  • 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. GREAT combination of picture and text.
    Thanks for sharing
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂


  2. ❤ – beauty is always a temporary glimpse of something and then it's gone


    • Exactly. Beth, your comment reminded me of:

      Helen Vender wrote: “O’Hara was stubborn enough to wish, like Emily in Our Town, that life could always be lived on the very edge of loss, so that every instant would seem wistfully precious. Therefore the attitude of perpetual wonder, perpetual exclamation, perpetual naïveté.

      — Ada Calhoun, “Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me” (Grove Press, June 14, 2022)

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  3. And yet, you ‘capture’ it everyday…just look!

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  4. Exquisite!


  5. excuse me: ….. a thing quite impossible to capture….. ?! so what is it you’re doing? Catching the sheer, transient beauty of exactly those words!
    Who are you kidding? We bow before thee, oh fabulous poetic photographer Dave 🙂


  6. So many days you capture incredible beauty for us, so you make a lie of “a thing quite impossible to capture.” Why yearn for “life could always be lived on the very edge of loss” NO! the opposite is closer to sanity…with SO much loss in our world. Meanwhile, so grateful that you (when being in the present moment) capture so easily moments of great beauty.


  7. A stunning morning canopy!


  8. Beautiful. And I need the preamble to that quote!


  9. Perfect photo for this post, DK.


  10. You def captured that moment 🔥

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