As the sun subsides on another day in paradise, I couldn’t resist proposing a second interpretation of “Close” – close to perfect.
I haven’t touched this up – too scared I’d bugger it up, somehow, because I always felt this shot was almost perfect. It’s certainly how I remember that magical evening, sitting on the terrace overlooking the Kalenia valley with my mother, experiencing the peace of shared awe and wonderment. It was the winter after Papa died, and I had brought her to here to show off my island. You can see it rose to the occasion, here at Paradise Farm, near Kitulgala – as it did of course, throughout her trip.
What do you think, close?
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I definitely think it’s very close to perfect. Love the beautiful colours.
The whole evening was superb, but I think it was this phase – the blue hour, shot through with fuscia – that was the most magical, that’s for sure.
Yes. As peaceful as the world can be, I think. Thanks for dropping by, and for your comment:)
Ummm – it was, thanks so much for your comment:)
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I think it is perfect, one of the most beautiful pictures I’ve ever seen 😉
Oh Maggie, that’s lovely to hear, thank you so much:)
what a beautiful scene.. : )
It’s lucky when you can actually stay somewhere beautiful to drink it all in, rather than just pass it by:)
Nice interpretation! Don’t you just love it when a photo shows how you FELT during a moment??
Do you think this one does, MindMindful? I’m overjoyed if that’s so – thank you so much:)
I want to be there! How peaceful. And if you want to get spiritual, close to God.
We both felt we were very close to being within the embrace to the universe, Anne. It was a wonderful evening, in a truly gorgeous place.
What an absolutely LOVELY shot!!
How absolutely lowly of you to say so, Kristen. Really, thank you!
Oh yea – gorgeous. It’s an organic farm, perched high up in the hills above the Kaleniya River – a couple of bedrooms, and this enormous covered pavilion and the pool, just floating above the world with views for miles … 🙂
Yes, very close to perfect.
That’s so kind of you, Michelle. I wish the photograph could also convey the complicity we felt, watching this transition into night, and also how the air felt against our bodies – then it would be perfect.
I want to go there!
I think you can! Well, last time I looked you can:)
Good interpretaion – I am fed up with all the obvious people pictures!
I’m so glad you liked it Andrew, but remember, it was the emotional, human variety we were challenged to display!
I’ve got another, very different interpretation, I think I’ll put it up this evening …
Stunning and yes close to perfect. Love it.
It’s been very special, reliving those couple of evenings at Paradise Farm with Ma. What a gift this sharing can be:) Thanks for your encouragement, Madhu.
I don’t think you could get much closer! A magical photo.
It was an evening of magic, Jo – part of the magic that eventually turned my doubting mother into a grading acceptance of my love for this place!
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All the elements just seemed to converge on that moment, Gran:)
Gives a whole new meaning to as above so below 🙂 Beautiful.
The reflection is a bit eerie, like a disembodied upside down version!
Very wise not to have fiddled with the image — it’s strong enough to stand alone.
What a difference between this pic and your whaling expedition. Life can be so much darn fun.
Really nice shot.
I appreciate that, Bob – thanks.
So beautiful, so perfect! Thanks for showing this photo as close
It’s been my pleasure, Scrapydo. I’ve really enjoyed the nostalgia ride:)
Wish to climb right into that photo to experience it’s awe. Stunning colours and near perfection.
Imagine quiet, the faintest sigh of the breeze as warm air escapes from the valley below …
Lovely. Wrapped in velvety night air.
Darn close Gene 😉
Ah! Annette, many thanks for your encouragement:)
So close you can almost touch it, Wanderlust 🙂
Well, it did touch us, Kate. Emotionally, of course, but here, as the sun slides away for the night, the earth seems to give a deep sigh, releasing much of the pent up warmth of the day, caressing ones’ body as it passes on its way to follow the light.
It was, Christine. Really special … and attached to such beautiful memories of sharing one of my special places with my beloved mother. 🙂
It was that, TSL, it really was:)
SImply gorgeous! 🙂 Yes, indeed close to perfect if not there already.
Thank you dear. Does the air feel like velvet? That’s what I need to know:)
I’m late to the party, but this is more than close to perfect! Beautiful!
Late to the party, Angeline? Never! There’s always space for you you at my table! Thanks dear:)
Just superb. Mysterious, tranquil, perfect. There aren’t enough adjectives for this scene.
It was one of those tropical evenings, the air like silk, us suspended there above the world, almost breathless with the wonder of it all – yes, indescribable (especially as Ma was beginning to relax into the magic of my paradise island, and I was beginning to relax about her reaction to it!).
Beautiful! And so peaceful.
Yes – it was like floating above the world in a blue and crimson wonderland!
What a lovely description! 🙂
You liked it? I like that:)
This isn’t close to perfect… It is perfect!
Thank you for the thought, Kasturika, but of course, it can’t be perfect, but I couldn’t do any better, personally, with the skills I have, and indeed, it was a perfect evening!
A lovely photo! The stillness of the water makes it perfect, even upside down!
Yes, the reflection is so true, isn’t it? Thanks so much for coming over and commenting:)
Wow, both images are stunning… the intensity of the blue is amazing.
Excellent photos, both.
Thanx, Kiwidutch. I love both shots too – both pretty intense, but yes, the blue hour on that mountainside was amazing. 🙂
Great for the theme–lovely photo!
I appreciate your support Naomi, thank you.
Wonderful interpretation + gorgeous photo + tender story = great post.
Thumbs up x 4 = very happy TWLG!
What do you think? One word: amazing.
Absolutely Beautiful! I’m glad you didn’t tweak it, I love, love purple and blue nights. Thanks for sharing.
Ummm – one could drown in them … 🙂
Yep – pretty close to perfect! 😉
Yes, you’re right, from the point of memory!
Breathtaking images. So calm. So beautiful.
It was a magical evening, in an extraordinarily beautiful place. So glad you felt its peace.
Love this … it’s perfect to me 🙂
You think so? The more I look at it, the more I remember how we felt, and what a lovely, companionable sense of peace and wonderment we shared. 🙂
Wow…that is an incredible shot and your comment about it just adds to its beauty. You definitely did not need to touch it…
Thank you Sue, I appreciate your support.
Wow! Beautiful shot! 😮
So glad you like it Ioanna. It was a glorious evening, made more so, in memory, because I shared it with my mother not long before her world came crashing down around her. Very poignant.
I didn’t comment when I liked it but a week later this is still one of the most beautiful shots I have seen in a long time.
That’s a wonderful compliment, artisamxi, thank you so much for coming back to t ell me:)
Love the colors that you captured in the photo!
It was magnificent, wasn’t it? I wish I could have captured the feel of that dense, velvety blue dusk on our skin.
How sweet of you. Thank you. 🙂
Most Welcome 🙂
Thoroughly amazing! Thoroughly beautiful! Congratulations!
Thank you Margaret. I appreciate your feedback:)
Alex, thank you. Yes, it was almost unreal. There was a swing, suspended over the pool, and I spent the evening hovering there, as though I was in the midst of all that blueness:)
Cool! That must have been so nice!
It was – quite a physical sensation of the being in the blue. Also I was there with my 96 year old mother, which added an extra element of specialness to the view.
I Love the blue tones in this photo. It’s beautiful.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thank you so much Francine. It was just one of those magical nights … 🙂