The sound of summer - sky larks singing high in the blue!
Poor birds have been struggling in this horrendous weather. I watched one two days ago in near gale force winds - try to rise singing, but gave up within seconds and dived back to the ground (sideways). I've been vainly trying to get a decent skylark image - but they are always way too far away . All these birds were a mere dot in the centre of the viewfinder and not one is a good stand-alone image, so I opted to combine them in this matrix, to give an impression of being serenaded by skylarks
New Zealanders usually commemorate ANZAC Day, rather than Armistice Day , but this year being the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, both days are being honoured.
Along with many communities, in celebration of the end of WW1, the churches in Riverton will be ringing their bells after 2 mins silence at 11 am.
......but I am also drawn to ponder 'for whom do the bells toll' for me?
I am of the generation who have not personally lost any one close and I search for a meaning beyond lament, rememberance and respect.
Perhaps it is not so much "whom", but 'what'?
What about rooting out evil in my heart? About making the sacrifices needed to let go of grudges, much loved prejuduces and self interest? About pursuing a life that leads to reconcilliation, harmony and promoting the interests of others rather than myself?
I think I will ponder this as I listen to the bells on Sunday
Author Barbara Lee
Lives in Riverton NZ with husband Bill Lee, Truffle the blind dog and two cats.