Tag Archives: wonder

170. Rainbow – Colour Conclusions


One of my favourite films is The Wizard of Oz. I loved it as a child, and waited eagerly for Dorothy’s world to change from black and white to full Technicolor. In some ways, I feel that this is how God changes our sight when we start to practise contemplation. Things become richer, brighter, fuller. I struggle now to process even a tiny bit of the loveliness I see all around me. Colour is a quality that evokes emotions, memories, connections all over the place. Each one contains a myriad of hues, and the spectrum could be divided ad infinitum, and its colours mixed into thousands of shades, as the paint catalogues constantly sell us, with their exotic sounding names.

Colour is how God has painted the universe, and I don’t know about you, but it never ceases to make my heart leap.

Next we shall be looking at the power of imagination in our seeing.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

157. Yellow (colour 2)


Small sun with petals flaring, golden circlet fit for a fairy queen, a bright burst of unexpected heaven. My wonder at seeing such magnificent primary colour is that we call the plant it comes from a weed, and that we can conceive of calling it a nuisance. Surely we should simply be amazed that it deigns to cross our path (or patio)?

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

24. Gifts (sense of wonder)


From the other side of the world you came, box of delights, carefully wrapped thoughts, pieces of a life longing to share itself gladly with unmet, beloved friends. That such generosity exists, giving time, care, consideration and love, this is worth my awe. The provision of  friendship despite being housebound, from a loving God, through a loving friend.

Photo and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017


23. Library (sense of wonder)


Looking back a fortnight, did I really leave the house? How wonderful! And to an Aladdin’s Cave, books, books and more treasure, complete with raspberry seats and a helix standing on end. The wow, then is that such a place exists, that I got there, that it is free. The heart and head are beyond grateful, in the knowing there are libraries, other state-sponsored lunatics who hoard books and love them into being and onto shelves.

Photo and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

22. Blue Tit (sense of wonder)


Tiny, tinted wonder, a bright flitting dart across the garden, how can something so small bring so much joy? Your beauty would be extravagant lunacy if arrived at purely by chance, and to me it is a Babel Fish giveaway of the nature of the artist who made you, as is the lift of my downcast heart that you cause.

Photo and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017


21. Pearl Sky (sense of wonder)


With every colour available to you, you choose the softest oyster. An act of humility in an insanely neon world. And this whisper of colour shouts out the glory and wisdom of God, a shimmering that has me bending me to my knees.

Photo and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

N.B. from now on I’ll be putting the type of seeing we are looking at in brackets each day so we remember it.


20. Silver Spine


The parked cars on the hill in the morning mist look like a spine winding, glinting as they are caught by the sun. Something so mundane, and yet with the light just right, the conditions so foggy, they become something beautiful, and I catch my breath and reach for my camera.

Photo and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017


18. Jumbo


Not a cloud floating in the blue beyond, and yet here is a gigantic bird of metal, held up by pure air. Like hearing a voice over a phone, this is something I will never quite grasp the mechanics of, and also something quite incredible. The ingenuity of humans teamed with the laws of the universe that were written millions of years before we could bang rocks together.

Photo and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

17. Earthworm


Did you know that an earthworm has internal organs, including a bladder? How does it all fit in there? Look at the way it slithers along by the ingenious use of expansion and contraction of segments. If we are seeing with the eyes of wonder, this creature alone is enough food for thought for a very long time.

Photo and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

‘ “In my opinion,” the Earthworm said, “the really marvellous thing is to have no legs at all and to be able to walk just the same.” ’   (from James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl)

16. Snow



I don’t know about you, but I can’t see snow coming down thickly without thinking of Narnia. It always fills me with a magical tingle. Mr Tumnus may be out there somewhere, walking through the trees, his umbrella hooked over one arm and tail over the other, with no idea of the adventure he is about to have. The air is thick with the sharp taste of possibilities and imagination.

Photo and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017