12.12.2011

around 4 o'clock








A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone...
~John Steinbeck

There's always a show to be seen during the magic hour.  The yellow light in the trees was my favourite this day.

p.s. I can't resist asking...What is the best book (or books!) you've read during 2011?

camera: polaroid mio

31 comments:

  1. These are SO beautiful... love the colours!

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  2. Cheers to noticing the beauty in your life and cheers to sharing a bit of it with us.

    A few wonderful books that quickly come to mind: The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje, Fair Play by Tove Jansson, and Vita Nova by Louise Glück.

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  3. I love the light on your photos. And the little snow, just falls on your blog. :)

    I have three books on my list that I've liked this year:

    Hillary Mantel: Wolf Hall (very intelligently written, profound and pictorially)

    Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird (simply great)

    Thomas Pletzinger: Funeral for a dog (This is my favorite book this year, a German writer with a terrific story and a persuasive writing style.)

    And what is your best book in this year?

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  4. Beautiful pictures, love the sweet colors :)
    My favorite book... i don't know, i have to read too many books (no novels...) for my work.

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  5. You're absolutely right, no wonder it's called the "magic hour" :)

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  6. The books which left quite an impression were: The Lady of Camellias - Alexandre Dumas, Out Stealing Horses - Pat Paterson and 69 - Ryu Murakami.

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  7. have you read The Hunger Games series????? if not, you must! so addicting.

    love the sky and trees in the pics. so pretty.

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  8. these photos are so wonderfully soft :)

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  9. Oh that's perfect quote with such beautiful pictures.

    I recently read Nicole Krauss's book, Great House, and loved it dearly.

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  10. What beautiful colours in the sky... so wonderful.

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  11. Wonderful shots!
    I'm currently reading (and watching) Raymond Depardon's 'Paris Journal' -> inspiring! And also just read 'The House of the Mosque', a Dutch-language novel by Iranian writer Kader Abdolah -> loved it!

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  12. love the photos with the words. perfect.

    my favorite book first-read book is the art of racing in the rain. a must-read for any dog lover. in the re-read category is extremely loud and incredibly close (so I'm ready when the movie comes out next week)

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  13. Magic hour it is! Great shots, the second one absolutely steals my breath away. And I love that Steinback quote too!

    My two favourite picks for 2011 would be 'White Teeth' by Zadie Smith and 'Amongst Women' by John McGahern. Ian McEwan's 'First Love Last Rites' comes close, but that's only because I've a major McEwan hangover ever since 'Atonement'.

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  14. These are lovely and the quote is perfect.

    If I had to pick a favourite to recommend, it would be Hillary Mantel 'Wolf Hall'- one of those books you savour and don't want to end :)

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  15. The magic hour indeed - last night's (or should that be afternoon as it was only 4.30 or so) was quite extraordinary - a searing band of orange framed by a band of cloud which look remarkably like the sea...
    I regret to say that I have no answer to the best book of this past year. Sadly it has been a year of dipping in and out of books, and never really giving myself the time to really read and be consumed. I have resolved to ensure that the coming year allows me to find the time and space to loose myself in the wonder that is a good book. As really there is no better thing.
    I hope all is well with you. Best, Annie x

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  16. Lovely pictures. The sky is beautiful.
    I read a lot of books. Now I'm reading Santa Montefiore's The Italian Matchmaker, and I like it a lot.
    Hugs, Pauline

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  17. beautiful pictures alexandria!! they are sooo magic!!!

    uuff best books.. so difficult!! i'll try: i loved The yellow eyes of crocodiles by Katherine Pancol (a french writer); I looooooved The Bad girl by Mario Vargas LLosa (amazing!!)...and Breaking away by Anna Gavalda. I think these were my favourites!!

    Lots of kisses from Spain
    Marta

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  18. Beautiful photos--hints of yellow in a Winter sky is one of my favorite things.

    This year I truly loved Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles. I need to come up with my full 2011 list!

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  19. these photographs are so gorgeous, especially the first one...

    if it comes to books, my favorite was rereading Raymond Carvers's "Where I'm calling from"

    :)

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  20. Quanta foto linda!
    Parece sonho, não sei explicar.. mas eu adorei!

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  21. Hi
    Now I am reading again "The snows of Kilimanjaro". "Cheng nan jiushi" a Chinese novel written by Lin Haiyin was very impressive.
    On Dec 10th I watched a total eclipse of the moon. It became red. I couldn't take a photo.

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  22. I don't get much reading done with a toddler but I read two amazing series' The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series and The Hunger Games Series.. loved both for different reasons.

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  23. breathtaking photos as usual. i love the little bits of snow - it's more than we're getting here in Toronto. sadly, no books to speak of for 2011, unless you count "Baby and Me" :) xoxo

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  24. I liked The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson and I'm currently reading Illumination in the Flatwoods: A Season with the Wild Turkey by Joe Hutto. It has me completely mesmerized.

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  25. sweet shots. currently, I am reading fever crumb by phillip reeve. it's an venture out of my norm but good and I am listening to On Writing by Stephen King.

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  26. beautiful!! love the mood...
    x

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  27. Beautiful shots !
    I just read Un peu de soleil dans l'eau froide by Françoise Sagan but I have no idea if you can find it in english :)

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  28. I just read a middle-readers book in one sitting and loved it - When You Reach Me.

    Really enjoyed The Marriage Plot as well.

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  29. hej, i like your photos. cool and dreamy... 3, 4 super books: hilary mantel wolf hall (mentionned above), kim leine die untreue der grönländer (dont know if it is translated into english, the unfaithfulness of greenlanders or so), both kind of rough, cool AND funny too, column mccann let the great world spin and yael hedaya eden. my favourites from last year. betty

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