Thursday, February 25, 2010

Phoenix

Two years ago, on our 25th anniversary, my husband and I spent the weekend at Pacific City along the Oregon Coast. We climbed a huge sand dune, to sit on the edge of a cliff where we were treated to this unexpectedly beautiful sunset.

It was so lovely we did not want to leave. As the sun crept toward the sea the air grew so chilly, I was shivering in my thin wrap. But suddenly, a bubble of warm air, scented with the fragrant aroma of cedar whisked itself around us. And it stayed. It was the most astounding thing. I think it might have been a puff of warm air from the bonfires people had built on the beach below. It was a truly magical evening.

This is an untouched photo of what we saw.

If you look closely, you can see the legendary Phoenix winging her way across the skies.

8 comments:

Cedar ... said...

how lovely! yes, I see her!

Lois said...

That is a stunning picture!

Clytie said...

I have always loved this picture. You bum. I want to be there. You bum. :=}

Abe Lincoln said...

Very nice sky.

Looking to the Stars said...

Beautiful pic and this time I see her though I think you could make her even more beautiful :)

Its nice to know people who have been married over 20 years, its few and far between nowadays.

Prospero said...

Out of the ashes, the Phoenix resurrects. Great sky.

I know what you mean about scents. Sometimes they are more powerful at stirring our memory than images.

jeannette stgermain said...

Congratulations, Beth! Really neat ending of a special days having a phoenix spread its wings across the sky!

Wendy said...

That is an astounding pic! I like how you took the cliff and not just the sky and sun (as I would probably have done). Makes it much more interesting.

How magical! The warm cedar-scented air, the sunset, the ocean and the phoenix! Must have been a happy celebration!