Happiness, Nay, JOY!

The day I learned my long-ago student had become a great teacher, I took the dogs for their afternoon 2 miles out through the golf course and into the fields. I was deeply, profoundly happy, having gotten one of life’s sweetest gifts.

It was a gorgeous day. As normally happens on a sunny day in winter, the sun dropped lower on the horizon until, on our way back, its angle to the earth was quite oblique. I stopped to let Bear roll around in a spot where she is sending and receiving messages from various other golf-course perambulators.



As she rolled in Bear bliss, I looked at the snow.

It was a cold day, and it had been a gold night. Tiny ice crystals had formed on the snow and were standing up a microscopic bit, each glimmering crystal refracting sunlight. The color each sent back into the world changed as I moved, brilliant ultramarine, turquoise, golden, orange, green, violet, scattered shards of sunlight.

I had never seen that before.

I thought of my countless hikes, the moments of miraculous and unexpected beauty, often on a very small scale, to which I’ve been a witness just because I was out there.

Here was another.


7 thoughts on “Happiness, Nay, JOY!

  1. Snow and ice overnight tonight. How much? Depends on who you ask. I think “a little bit” because it’s still too warm to stick for long, but we will know soon enough. Sometimes when we have an ice storm, our entire woods becomes a giant crystal. It doesn’t last long and I’ve yet to really capture it, but it is breathtaking to see.

      • I’ve managed to get quite a few with the gleam and shine, but not the color refraction. I think the camera’s built in filters may remove it. i know I have to reset the filters to get light mist because modern cameras are designed to cut through mist, unless you override the default settings. And you can FIND the setting to override!

  2. I’m also happy because you have helped Prof. K grow to become one of the coolest professors. I really hope Prof. K and you would meet again as another gift . 🙂

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