Sunday, November 09, 2008

Numinous Moments

Yesterday we went on a hike about forty miles west of Eugene. The drive is mostly pretty, as the road parallels a local reservoir. It was raining off and on, but at one point the sun came out enough to provide a wonderful moment. Pine and cedar trees surrounded us as we stood upon the sloping bath. Across the wide still river the climbing hills were crowned with more evergreen. Mist obscured the vanishing point; each receding curtain of trees growing less and less distinct.  Silvered rain fell out of a pearl sky. Beside us, the trunks of the trees wove a tapestry of shadow and limned leaves.

It was a numinous moment and I didn't have a digital camera.

A few moments later the 3 PM afternoon became as dark as twilight as the rain clouds thickened.

So welcome November. Even if today I -- despite two cups of tea and another of hot chocolate -- wanted to hibernate.

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