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Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light

25/03/2016

“We must not always try to plumb the depths of the human heart; the truths it contains are among those that are best seen in half-light or in perspective.” François R. Chateaubriand

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light – Hudson River, Tappan Zee Bridge, Manhattan Skyline

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. Desmond Tutu
It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. Charles Dickens

For this week’s Photo Challenge assignment on Half-Light, I chose two poems that spoke to that mystical time of day when dusk comes calling but hasn’t quite made it to nighttime. There is a beauty in the sky and a calming effect that makes us pause and inhale the evening air.  When I think of the photos that would be suitable for the subject of half-light, I think of sunset, evening light … dusk. I have to admit though that what kept popping up in my mind was sunset, not that in between time.  This one was tougher to do but, I learned something new about capturing another time of day and the shots that fit in that space. I know I have some in my files that would be perfect but, I need to take new ones. Have a Happy Easter Weekend! Enjoy the shots!

An Evening Light – Poem by David Taylor via PoemHunter
An evening light
not so very bright
as hardened shadow’s kiss
nor so dark
that as in night’s embrace
I deeply fall asleep again.
That evening light
that slows down time
as homeward many race
to slumber
in our dream like beds.
It brings with it such a peace
such as in complete
completion ends
and knowing It is
and all else
that in Its light appearance seems
is imagined in that bliss.
David Taylor

More below!

“Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.” Samuel Smiles

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light – Hudson River, Tappan Zee Bridge, Manhattan Skyline

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark. Rabindranath Tagore
There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition. Rod Serling

 

I enjoyed looking for two poems that spoke to me about the beauty and calming effect of evening light. Finding the right photos to feature wasn’t such fun and, while I’ve shared the above, … I don’t think they do justice to the beauty of the evening shade and light. If I find and take better shots, I’ll add them here. Have a restful Easter Weekend!  I hope you enjoyed my versions of Half-Light.

Let Evening Come By Jane Kenyon via PoetryFoundation
Let the light of late afternoon
shine through chinks in the barn, moving
up the bales as the sun moves down.

Let the cricket take up chafing
as a woman takes up her needles
and her yarn. Let evening come.

Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned
in long grass. Let the stars appear
and the moon disclose her silver horn.

Let the fox go back to its sandy den.
Let the wind die down. Let the shed
go black inside. Let evening come.

To the bottle in the ditch, to the scoop
in the oats, to air in the lung
let evening come.

Let it come, as it will, and don’t
be afraid. God does not leave us
comfortless, so let evening come.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Half-Light Share a photograph inspired by a favorite poem, verse, story, or song lyric. Bonus points if you share why the particular text resonates with you. (Though you certainly don’t have to!) If you’re not feeling especially literary or musical this week, see if you can capture the beauty of morning or evening half-light in your corner of the globe.

Positive Motivation Tip: From dawn to dusk and in between, there is light… Embrace it!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos copyrighted and from my Personal Collection

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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68 Comments leave one →
  1. Katie @ Pick Any Two permalink
    25/03/2016 4:14 pm

    What beautiful poems! I see why they spoke to you, and I can understand how challenging it would be to capture a photo of that exact evening light. Nevertheless, these are gorgeous photos that give off that sense of peace and serenity.

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  2. Agnes (@SpoonsStilettos) permalink
    25/03/2016 5:12 pm

    beautiful! what a well written poem

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  3. Leke Awonuga permalink
    25/03/2016 5:21 pm

    The poem indeed depicts the radiant calmness a soul should enjoy! I love it! (“Let it come, as it will”….more like, “Let the stars nudge your eyes to sleep till morning light!” )

    Keep it up, Elizabeth…

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  4. adriana permalink
    25/03/2016 5:56 pm

    These pictures are gorgeous! I’m sunset obsessed – I take a TON of pictures of EVERY sunset haha!

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  5. Suzanne Rudge permalink
    25/03/2016 7:04 pm

    The poetry is lovely and very appropriate but your photos are gorgeous Elizabeth! You have really captured the theme and shown it in several ways. Excellent job and Happy Easter to you to!

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  6. Melisa permalink
    25/03/2016 9:01 pm

    Evening light is such a challenge. You handled it very well. They convey the feeling expressed in the poems very well.

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  7. momknowsbest15 permalink
    25/03/2016 9:10 pm

    What beautiful sunsets. They are so peaceful

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  8. mskathykenny permalink
    25/03/2016 10:12 pm

    I haven’t written a poem in such a long time. It’s been a while.

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  9. Michelle Mink (@lovemichelle89) permalink
    25/03/2016 11:19 pm

    i love capturing sunsets as they are so lovely and the colors are always a little different

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  10. Junewarren C Bordas permalink
    26/03/2016 12:35 am

    I love sunset views. I always took a picture of it until now.

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  11. Jenn @ EngineerMommy permalink
    26/03/2016 4:27 am

    There’s nothing quite as serene & peaceful as a beautiful sunset. These photos are all so lovely and really capture the essence of a sunset well. That poem is a perfect complement, too!

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  12. Cynthia Nicoletti permalink
    26/03/2016 5:42 am

    Beautiful Photos. Love your post

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  13. George Felix permalink
    26/03/2016 5:45 am

    Wow. Lovely words. They speak volumes! Thanks for sharing this.

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  14. 26/03/2016 7:39 am

    I’d say you nailed it, a good read anyway, It’s an extra tough prompt this week!

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    • 26/03/2016 11:14 pm

      Phew! Thank you Gilly, as I thought I was the only one who found this challenge to be quite tough. The poetry was the only easy part… Happy Easter! ❤

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  15. Heather permalink
    26/03/2016 9:40 am

    What beautiful pictures, thoughts and poems. Always love what you write!

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  16. BluKatDesign permalink
    26/03/2016 9:55 am

    Beautiful sunset shots of Manhatten! Happy Easter!

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  17. Euge Nia permalink
    26/03/2016 1:26 pm

    Such amazing poems, photo collages and quotes! Love this part: “From dawn to dusk and in between, there is light… Embrace it! “ Well- said! Happy Easter!

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  18. thezafragroup permalink
    26/03/2016 2:35 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Nothing sure beats the beauty of a sunset. I think the only thing that can compare is the beauty of a sunrise. lol Love the poems you’ve shared here. A very inspiring post for a beautiful weekend. Happy Easter! 🙂

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  19. Crystal Gard permalink
    26/03/2016 5:10 pm

    Beautiful poems and stunning images😁

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  20. The *New* Classy (@TheNewClassy) permalink
    26/03/2016 6:24 pm

    These are some really great pictures! I love horizon and sunset pictures.

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  21. Erica permalink
    26/03/2016 6:49 pm

    Such a pretty poem to match the pretty photos!

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  22. tiffanyhathorn permalink
    26/03/2016 7:29 pm

    This is an interesting challenge. I would have never thought to try to take pictures to represent poetry that I enjoy. Nice snapshots!

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  23. Randi permalink
    26/03/2016 7:48 pm

    The poems and pictures are truly beautiful. They complement each other nicely. Thank you for sharing!

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  24. Dawn McAlexander permalink
    26/03/2016 10:08 pm

    This photo challenge is my favorite so far. My daughter loves photography, and her favorite thing to capture is a good sunset or sunrise. She would love these!

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  25. 26/03/2016 10:41 pm

    Very nice images. Funny how sometimes sunset makes me feel like wrapping myself with a blanket even when it’s not even cold outside. It’s that immediate sense of comfort for the night and hope for a brighter day the next it arrives.

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  26. shubhadabhide permalink
    26/03/2016 11:59 pm

    This is such a beautiful post with those amazing poems. Indeed, hope is something that makes us cling to it no matter how bad is the situation! Just like the dark, there is going to be light as well.

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  27. thewhimsicalpeony permalink
    27/03/2016 6:20 am

    Breathtaking photos! I adore sunsets and sunrises. Such magical moments.

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  28. Girl, Unspotted permalink
    27/03/2016 6:38 am

    You’ve chosen such beautiful poems that goes very well with the theme. I love the photos you’ve chosen as well!

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  29. Jojo Vito permalink
    27/03/2016 8:01 am

    I was reminded of a line by one author: ” we need the night to see the stars :)”

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  30. Sunshine Kelly permalink
    27/03/2016 9:35 am

    If we can see the half light means there is hope and way out of our problems. In life we will always strive for a better tomorrow.

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  31. Stephanie Pass permalink
    27/03/2016 12:29 pm

    Gorgeous photos as usual. My youngest has just been noticing the sunsets and grabbing my phone and taking lots of photos of them. My husband loves taking sunset photos as well.

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  32. Lisa Rios permalink
    27/03/2016 1:50 pm

    Some beautiful pictures as I love sunrise & sunset pictures a lot usually. The poems are quiet amazing & I loved the one from David Taylor so much.

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  33. Ana De Jesus permalink
    27/03/2016 2:32 pm

    The sunset is so inspiring to me and represents hope which like you said is important to remember in our darkest times.

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  34. kitchnwhisperer permalink
    27/03/2016 3:15 pm

    Beautiful thoughts and photographs. Peaceful.

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  35. thehamiltoninc permalink
    27/03/2016 4:44 pm

    You are super seriously talented. I love nighttime. And I love the poem by Rod Serling, one the greatest writers to walk the earth!

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  36. Jeypi Kyu permalink
    30/03/2016 4:28 am

    These pictures are gorgeous! the sunset is one part of the day that i look forward too.. kinda shows end of a tiring day.. 😛

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  37. Ashley (@AshleyKristineM) permalink
    30/03/2016 5:56 am

    You’re such a talented writer! Great photos!

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