Photo Friday: Quiet Contemplation

by Janis on August 24, 2012

Water, shade trees and sunlight make the perfect spot for quiet contemplation at Lake Lanier Islands Resort in Buford, Georgia.

Lake Lanier reservoir — created by the creation of the Buford Dam on the Chattahoochee River — is named for poet Sidney Lanier (1842-1881).

Some of poet Lanier’s most renowned work includes the Nostalgic, lyrical nature poems “The Symphony”, “The Song of the Chattahoochee”, “The Marshes of Glynn” and “Sunrise.”

The last stanza from Sunrise, by Sidney Lanier: 

Oh, never the mast-high run of the seas
Of traffic shall hide thee,
Never the hell-colored smoke of the factories
Hide thee,
Never the reek of the time’s fen-politics
Hide thee,
And ever my heart through the night shall with knowledge abide thee,
And ever by day shall my spirit, as one that hath tried thee,
Labor, at leisure, in art, — till yonder beside thee
My soul shall float, friend Sun,
The day being done.

–Sidney Lanier
Read the full version of “Sunrise” here.
Where do you like to go for a moment of quiet contemplation? 

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