Dappled Sunlight | #WordlessWednesday

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The Japanese are known to express themselves through many a poetic word that rarely has any English equivalents. Today’s picture depicts an untranslatable Japanese word that might sound familiar to many of you. The word is Komorebi [koh-moh-reh-bee] which captures the effect of sunlight streaming through the leaves of the trees. I love how it connotes an interplay of light, and a delicate balance of aesthetics between the shadows and the leaves. And, how can one miss those rays of light that stream into the freshly grown grass and spread all around, to fill our souls?

Sheer bliss for every nature lover! How my heart swells with gratitude thinking of the times I’ve enjoyed soaking up the early morning sunlight! How can I forget the days when it led me to face the day’s challenges with a newfound sense of hope and optimism? The best pick-me-up on a difficult day, no doubt. The ideal way to enjoy solitude in a sun-soaked balcony while watching the world go by. And a million such moments that come and go every day.

This picture was shot during an early morning walk in the old neighbourhood where we lived for nearly ten years! I miss the walks, the old familiar stone-clad paths and the blinding sunlight filtering through the leaves entering right into my soul. Beautiful moments, that were once lived and breathed in, now treasured as cherished memories. Life leads us into newer ways, far beyond what we ever imagine. Our job is to move on, irrespective of what comes up. C’est la vie, my friend. Life goes on!

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24 Comments
  • Veronica Lee

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    Your photo really captures the essence of Komorebi. Beautiful, Esha.

    • Esha

      Thank you, Veronica. So glad you think so. My neighbourhood park is a beautiful place and never fails to leave me a little more inspired each time I visit.

  • Beth F

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    Beautiful!

    • Esha

      Thank you, Beth. Glad to see you stop by.

  • Patrick Weseman

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    Such a beautiful and peaceful scene. Very nice.

    • Esha

      Thank you, Patrick. It truly is a haven of beauty and serenity. We are blessed to have access to such a place in close proximity to where we live.

  • Holly

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    Love the light!

    • Esha

      Thank you so much, Holly. So glad to hear that.
      Cheers

  • Pat

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    I hope you will find an equally beautiful place to welcome the day in your new area.

    • Esha

      Awww! Thank you for your kind words, Pat. I’m doing my best to find beauty in the new area and even though I know it will take some time getting used to the place, I’m hopeful I’ll get there someday. Appreciate you stopping by and sharing your thoughts.
      Cheers

  • Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

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    What a great word and what a wonderful depiction of it. Thank you for sharing.

    • Esha

      Thank you, Deb. So lovely to hear you say so. I’ve been a regular at the park where I clicked this and sharing this picture just refreshed my beautiful memories of the place. So glad to see you stop by the blog.
      Cheers

  • Mahati ramya adivishnu

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    I love the pic and well taken.

    • Esha

      Thank you, Ramya. So glad to see you stop by.
      Cheers

  • Modern Gypsy

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    What a beautiful photograph! Love the light filtering through the leaves.

    • Esha

      Thank you so much, Shinjini. I loved the light flowing through the leaves so much that I had to share it here. And the word just went perfectly with it. Glad to see you stop by.
      Cheers

  • Shilpa Gupte

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    That picture is so out of the world, Esha! Love the play of sunlight and the shadow! Perfect shot! And, perfect words, too, my dear!

    • Esha

      Thank you so much, my dear! Your appreciation means so much to me and now that I hardly take clicks it serves as a good reminder of how much photography used to be a part of my life once. So glad to see you stop by here.

      Hugs
      <3

  • Roshan Radhakrishnan

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    It is not just the beauty of the sunlight… it is the happiness of having such an option to stand in such a bright garden too, surrounded by greenery.

    Something that is lost to so many right now in modern cities today.

    • Esha

      Absolutely, Doc! To be able to have so much greenery in a city that is slowly succumbing to random urbanisation is a blessing that we have enjoyed for a long time (10 years is long, isn’t it?)
      Cheers for stopping by the blog and sharing your thoughts.

  • Shilpa Garg

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    Learnt about a new word today. Komorebi … your picture is truly apt for this word. Great capture.

    • Esha

      Thank you so much, Shilpa! So glad you enjoyed the click and the word! It is beautiful word, isn’t it? I’ve been itching to share this click for a long time and this time when it surfaced, I had found my #wordless pic! Thanks for stopping by the blog and sharing your thoughts.
      Cheers

  • Natasha

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    I wrote a post on “Komorebi” two years back on Parul’s Thursday Tree Love. How synchronous to have found yours today.

    Love the dappled sunlight and the komorebi effect. Was reading about it in a lovely book called Shinrin Yoku or Forest Bathing, too. It has healing properties like no other.

    Thank you for this lovely post, dear Esha.

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