“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
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
in our dream like beds.
It brings with it such a peace
such as in complete
and knowing It is
and all else
that in Its light appearance seems
is imagined in that bliss.
“Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.” Samuel Smiles
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