As I sat up in bed drinking my morning cup of tea this morning and looking out of the South facing bay window at the sky, I thought of Edwin Morgan's description of the sea as having Infinite Variety - and decided that the same words could be used to describe the sky.
There was no breeze to speak of and most of the sky was a clear silver grey/blue, On the South-Eastern horizon were bubbles of black cloud and as I watched they moved imperceptibly to let through slivers of palest apricot. Yes, the sun was about to rise, and as we are getting very near to the Winter solstice it was rising in the South East. There was no sound that I could hear and the scene was one of utter peace and tranquility.
The bedroom door was wide open and opposite, the bathroom door( the bathroom has a West facing window) was also open. And fairly high in the North-Western sky a fairly full moon was shining.
At 6.59 the first faint ray of the sun lit up the black cloud. At the same time I noticed that the moon, shining through our Scots Pine trees was casting the most beautiful silver and black striped shadows on the bedroom carpet.
All of this was enhanced by reflections in the mirror on the dressing table and the mirrored door of the wardrobe. The bevelled edge of the wardrobe mirror had become a prism of reflected colour. Outside the silence was broken by the hoot of an owl in the pines.
Just for that moment the effect was breath-taking. I am writing it down while it is still fresh in my mind. It was truly a moment of pure beauty.
I have had such a moment before - once when the farmer and I were driving in the Dales in a thunderstorm the sun came out in the thundery black sky and as huge raindrops were falling each one was catching the light and showing brilliant colours. The backdrop was a vivid rainbow. I have never forgotten that either.
After my post yesterday about global warming I must say it was very heartening to see such a wonderful sight this morning. By two or three minutes past seven it was a very "normal" dawn - the first rooks were beginning to come over, a car passed, the farmer's car lit up the bedroom window as he came into the drive after fetching the daily papers from the newsagents. The world was beginning to turn again - but just for that minute everything stood still for me in the beauty of the scene. Have a good day.
Do you have such an earth-stopping moment you can share with us?