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Sunday evening in the garden - photos and a poem

Updated on March 22, 2011

Sunday evening in the garden

I sat on a folding chair in my garden as the evening closed in around me, listening to the birds and watching the sky as it went through changes of colours and light.

I was entranced by the pinpricks of light shining through between the leaves of the trees and the dancing, chuckling birds as they jostled each other for places on the branches and the feeding tray hanging from the tree in front of me.

There were the sparrows, the robins, the masked weavers, the doves - but where were the bulbuls? I haven't seen them for days. Fickle creatures - have they found a new place to feed?

My camera in hand, I sat and watched in awe, taking photos as it seemed appropriate.

Leaves glowed bright green, backlit by the sun.

The sky and its light show are a gift to me.

I watched the swallows wheeling high in the dome of the sky as they chased after insects. A hadeda ibis flew raucously across my field of vision. Doves made their spring noises and sparrows chirruped to each other.

A Sunday evening in spring is just so beautiful and peaceful. The grass beneath my feet felt cool and soft but with a gentle springiness that tickled my toes.

As the sun sank lower, hidden behind the trees in front of me, the sky changed colour again. The bright blue became softer, the clouds wispy and grey.

Gradually the clouds became tinged with orange, a soft orange that shone in beautiful contrast to the blue of the sky and the grey of the bulk of clouds.

The sun was lower and the clouds began to glow as if illuminated by a gentle fire within them. There was a depth to them, a mysterious kind of light which seemed to radiate from the clouds. I was reminded of the way a curling wave seems to glow with beautiful green-blue depths as it hurtles towards the shore.

I could hear Catherine and Caitlin inside the house making evening sorts of sounds with laughter and chatting.

Inexorably the sun sank lower and the sky got darker, the clouds and the sky now changed to shades of grey. And then it was time for me to join the evening activities inside.

I carried some of the peace, some of the wonder of the setting sun into the house with me.

The poem

As the day draws down its blinds

and the garden draws its breath

with a sigh of evening contentment,

the clouds reflect the feeling

of the day's sufficiency

and the promise of tomorrow.

It is the time of the earthworm

moving in the protecting soil

and doing its constant gardening.

It is the time of quiet renewal,

of gathering thoughts and strength,

feeling the grass kind beneath my feet

and the gentle skies above.

The green shadows turn to grey

as our tiny world

spins on its cosmic way.

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© Tony McGregor 2010

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Peggy - glad you enjoyed the visit in my garden. I certainly enjoyed your description of your garden too.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Every evening if we sit outside and look up the Martins are doing their swooping dance up in the sky catching insects. We regularly have swallows, bluejays, doves and cardinals visiting our yard and garden with occasional other avian visitors like robins that seemed to linger longer than usual this year. Normally the robins head north when the weather warms up there only to head south again when it gets cold. And of course we have hummingbirds. Enjoyed your peaceful evening enjoyment of your garden and sky. Peace and joy came from your poetry.

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Green Tea-cher - I really appreciate your kind words and useful feedback, thank you.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      green tea-cher 6 years ago

      Hi Tony! I enjoyed your description of your evening as much as I enjoyed the beautiful imagery in your poem. I love the line "the garden draws its breath with a sigh of evening contentment". It reminds me of a feeling I have when I have had a great day and I reflect on feeling good about life. Thanks for painting such a wonderful picture with your words.

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Sameerk - thanks for the visit and the great comment!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      sameerk 6 years ago from India

      awesome poem tony , u have captured pic really well , it goes well with the poem

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Pete - good to know you're back! Thanks for the comment and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      Love to you and Lindi.

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      2uesday - thanks so much and I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thnanks for coming by.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Judy - thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it that you took the time. Are you ever coming back to HubPages? - I'm missing you!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Laura - thank you so much. I really appreciate your comment very much.

      I have been to your wonderful blog - great stuff!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Tatjana - thank you so much for your very kind words. And you are most welcome!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Peter Kirstein 6 years ago

      Such a sense of peace. Good read thanks Tony.

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      2uesday 6 years ago

      You have captured the beauty and charm of the evening really well in the photos,descriptions and especially in the lovely poem. I enjoyed reading this.

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      Judy 6 years ago

      Bad news Tony - I know what you mean. I have been working on a blog, please take a look http://africaninspireddecorating.com/

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      Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      I am touched and very much impressed by the beautiful words and photos How you have captured nature. Great job Tony.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Beautiful, just beautiful.Your first photo is masterpiece.

      Thank you for pleasure for eyes and brain (photos and words)

      Peace and love

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Brother Dimitris - "sensitive flowers"? I guess so - how the years change us! LOL!

      Thanks for the visit and the great comment, my friend.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      gr82bme - thanks for stopping by with such a lovely comment.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      DAL - I will cherish the swallows and send them back with love! I love watching them as they swoop around the blue dome in pursuit of insects. They are amazing to watch.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Judy - in the days of yore there certainly would have been a glass. But these days of gout and sore joints that is one pleasure I have had to reliquish, sadly!

      Thanks for a lovely comment.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Larry - carpe diem indeed! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Prasetio - you are most welcome, and thanks to you for the visit and the comment.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Sandy - thanks for stopping by and leaving such a great comment.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Scribe - I am really grateful for your visit and comment. Thank you.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Micky, my brother, it is I who should thank you! You are a constant inspiration to me. Thanks for stopping by.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Russ - your words are uplifting to me indeed, thank you. Glad you enjoyed my little meditation on a moment of peace and beauty.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Li - thank you for leaving such a positive comment. And I miss the Cape!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Dallas - thanks for the very kind words. I feel honoured!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Wayne - thank you so much. I appreciate your appreciation!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Ruby - so glad you enjoyed this one. Does us good to look up from time to time, indeed!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Barbara - thank you for your kind and thoughtful comment. Appreciate your kind words very much.

      Esme is not doing at all well - my wife and daughter are down in Cape Town with her right now, though coming back to Pretoria tomorrow. Esme is very weak, and can't enjoy what used to give her so much pleasure - listening to music - as there appears to be something wrong with her hearing. She can hear speaking but music seems to just be a jumbled noise to her now, for some reason. And that is really sad, as she loves music so much.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Da - ek het die klapsoen gevoel! En hier's een vir jou! Baie, baie dankie, my goeie vriend!

      Groetnis en 'n lekker ou drukkie!

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Dave - thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoyed this start to your day!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Bill - thank you so much. I appreciate your visit. As you say, the moment is all we have!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Louis - thank you and God bless you also, friend.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Eiddwen - you are kind and I appreciate your visit very much. Thank you.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Buryshane - thank you so much for stopping by and commenting, I appreciate that!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Rob - thanks for the kind comment. I appreciate it very much.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      HFB - thanks for the comment and I will keep moving forward, thank you!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      zzron - thanks for the comment - I really appreciate it.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      De Greek 6 years ago from UK

      Ah... that "promise of tomorrow" how wonderfully it provides the hope that is necessary to see us through both the good times and the bad. We are becoming rather sensitive flowers in our mature years, are we not, Tony? :-)

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      gr82bme 6 years ago from USA

      Very nice. I really liked the photos you added.

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      Dave 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi, really enjoyed this one. here in England we are fast approaching winter, and the swallows I shared my summer days with are now back with you. Enjoy them and send them back here when I will wait to meet them in our spring. Love the photographs.Have many more relaxing evenings.

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      Judy Witt 6 years ago

      I know exactly what you were feeling - lovely poem. Thank you for sharing - by the way, surely there was a nice glass of wine as well?

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Tony...Thank you for this lovely panoply of nature's changing colors and textures...the gentle persuasion of natures call insists on our fullest attention...Carpe Diem, my friend...Larry

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This is so beautiful, Tony. I love all the pictures you gave to us. Thank you very much.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Love the poem and the sky photos.

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      Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      A great "living in the moment" Hub! Thanks for sharing a relaxing evening with it's sights and sounds!

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Very peaceful Tony. This is what we don't do enough of. Thank you Tony my Brother!

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      Russ Baleson 6 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Tony, you are succeeding at living in the moment my friend, something I've been striving to do all my life. On top of that, you're able to express it so eloquently. Moving and motivating. Thank you! Go well xx

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      li smith ion-eco 6 years ago from Hermanus, South Africa

      Such beautiful vivid imagery, Tony ... I miss the Transvaal! Thank you for a great hub!

      Love & best wishes,

      Li

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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Serendipity.. Living life as is unfolds. The great descriptors and use of the picture wove an integrated feeling of experiencing it. Thanks!

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      A nice picture of the close of day told in verse, Tony. Thanks for sharing with some well-chosen words. You set just the right atmosphere! WB

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is so beautiful Tony, You remind me to go outside and look up. We miss the beauty of the sky, your poem is refreshing with a calming effect. Thank you.

      Love and Peace

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      Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      The imagery is beautiful throughout, Tony! I especially like this line of your poem; The green shadows turn to grey... Poetry is so sensual and this line sums up the mood I experience during this read. Grey has always been a transitional color to me, not a blah one. That is why I choose to spell it with an "e" rather than an "a" haha. I know, I am weird.

      I am thinking of you and wonder how your beloved mother in law is doing.

      Hugs, Barbara

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      Times like this, when you take the time to appreciate nature and whatever is NOW going on around you, you are in fact nourishing your soul. We should do this at least daily, no matter where we are and weather there is grass or concrete beneath our feet. Thank you for capturing such a peaceful time of the day to share with us, Tony. Your poem is a beautiful picture of a late afternoon in Pretoria and the nostalgia in the heart of a poet who momentarily identifies with the time of day. Hou jou wang vir ’n klapsoen :-x

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      ocbill 6 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      excellent account of living in the moment with nature. I also love the beginning of spring as well as fall or autumn. There are locales where I do notice the birds a lot more.

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      DavePrice 6 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      Thank you for a very peaceful morning devotional - what a nice poem, and a great way to start my day.

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      Louis Fourie 6 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

      Stunning photos, love the poem, God bless.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant photos combined with these words conjure up a bewithing mood.

      Thank you so much Tony for sharing.

      Take care my friend.

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      You captured the moment of serenity in your garden perfectly. And the picture are very peaceful, too. Well done.

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      Cheri Taylor 6 years ago from New York, NY

      Very comforting! I love the word play and the pictures are just right puts a peaceful touch :0) Thanks for the great hub KEEP MOVING FORWARD!!

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      zzron 6 years ago from Houston, TX.

      This was very nice and peaceful. Thanks for a relaxing read.