Death is not extinguishing the light;
it is putting out the lamp because the Dawn has come.
~ Rabindranath Tagore
A Tribute to Two Beautiful Men
This time-lapse video is dedicated to two beautiful men whom I dearly love and whom I have been blessed to have in my life: my own dear father and my dear father-in-law. Two years ago, they both left this world just a few weeks apart. They each lived a long, rich and happy life and I often feel their joyous spirits around me.
On the day I die, don’t say he’s gone.
Death has nothing to do with going away.
The sun sets, and the moon sets but they’re not gone.
Death is a coming together.
The human seed goes down into the ground like a bucket,
and comes up with some unimagined beauty.
Your mouth closes here, and immediately opens
with a shout of joy there.
A Perfect Day
My partner shot the footage for this time-lapse video two days before his father died—a day that will stay forever etched in my memory. It was an unseasonably warm, utterly gorgeous late-September day and we spent most of it basking in the splendor of the Rocky Mountains. Late afternoon turned to early evening and, as the sun sank lower and lower, we headed over to Spillway Lake (more of a pond, really), which by that time sat in the shadow of the mountains that lay to the west of us. To the east, the beautiful Opal Mountain range was still flooded with sunlight. The golden sunlight on the Opal Mountains and the blue light of the twilight sky reflected perfectly in the still waters of Spillway Lake.
We set up our cozy picnic chairs, sitting quietly, reverently taking in the incredible beauty of our surroundings—not speaking, lest we break the magical spell that had fallen over us.
The evening was still, the lake dark and glass smooth, but for a single Blue-winged Teal quietly bobbing on the surface, occasionally diving beneath the water. Its movements created a dazzling dance of perfect radiating golden circles expanding and shimmering across the entire lake—every ripple exquisitely and magically illuminated. It was one of the most breathtakingly beautiful sights we’ve ever seen.
The sun set and we drove back home, euphoric, under an indigo sky adorned with stars and a thin thumbnail sliver of moon shining bright. It was an utterly perfect day.
My partner’s father particularly adored the mountains and he passed that love on to all of his children. When he died, just two days after this perfect day, we felt as if his spirit had already been with us that evening as we watched the sunlight dance upon the Opal Range.
Sunset on Opal Mountain Range, by madlyinlovewithlife and BJC;
© 2012 madlyinlovewithlife and BJC
Spillway Lake, by madlyinlovewithlife; © 2012 madlyinlovewithlife
The Opal Mountain Range at Spillway Lake, Kananaskis Country, Alberta.