Photo Essay

An Orroral Valley Sunrise

Weathered Tree in the Orroral Valley

A new day to greet, while the valley still sleeps,

As the sun's light heralds the morning,

The sun cleaves the divide between the dark and the light,

With the burgeoning day that is dawning.

'Twixt the shadowy peaks, in the valley that sleeps,

As the sunlight breaks through at dawn,

A cottage of tin, welcomes the warm glow in,

Surrounded by frostbitten lawn,

The sun rises high, and makes its way through the sky,

On far ridges casting a glow,

Shafts of light they collide, from far and from wide,

To brighten the valley below.

Down on the ground, where scarcely a sound

Breaks the silence of the cold winter morn',

A lone chimney stands, testament to the plans

Of a family, long since withdrawn.

The warm sun's caress, brings the earth from her rest,

The cool night air is retreating,

To come back again, when the moon does rescind

The rule of the sun for the evening.

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7 responses

  • Robert Versteegen

    Robert Versteegen (Deleted) said (26 May 2012):

    a wonderful story with beautiful pictures WOW :-))

  • Roy M. Gunnels

    Roy M. Gunnels gave props (9 Jun 2012):

    Absolutely fabulous work!

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper gave props (10 Jun 2012):

    Fabulous photo essay. I adore your work. You have my vote.

  • Brendan Kelly

    Brendan Kelly (Deleted) gave props (12 Jun 2012):

    Beautiful pictures. Did you write the prose as well? If so well done, if not, then nice selection to go with your work. Either way you have my vote.

  • Tom Harvey

    Tom Harvey said (12 Jun 2012):

    Thank you all! Very much appreciate your comments and kind words.

    Brendan, yes, my own work! I am a teacher, currently teaching a poetry unit to a class of Year 8s and decided to write something of my own. The poem was actually inspired by the valley where the photographs were taken.

  • Marco Martinez

    Marco Martinez gave props (7 Jul 2012):

    Beautiful poetry and absolutely stunning images. Both, the narrative and the photographs, speak of the love you have for this place. You and I have much in common. Thanks for sharing, Tom.

  • Jenni Jansen

    Jenni Jansen gave props (18 Jul 2012):

    I was moved by your words, and the gorgeous photos to compliment them. Poetry and Photography are a match made in Heaven!

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