Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sight & Sound - Light in Darkness

Winter approaches; the nights are longer, the sun sets now only a little after 4 pm, and it gets very dark very early in the evening. It's no wonder that so many of the Winter celebrations, and especially the Solstice celebrations, make use of candles and fires; there's no darkness like a Winter night, and we do all we can to lighten it. This photo was taken a year ago as part of an available light photography challenge, and I like it so much I included it in last year's Solstice video and in the Solstice photo book I just published. Here it is again!

The music I've included for this Sight & Sound post is Malcolm Dalglish's "Pleiades", from his 1985 Windham Hill CD Jogging the Memory. Mal Dal plays hammered dulcimer, but he goes far beyond the traditional styles and playing techniques. I chose this because the Pleiades is a Winter constellation, and the music so clearly depicts the pin-pricks of light in the dark Winter sky. Enjoy!

Photo & text © 2008 & 2009 by A. Roy Hilbinger


  1. Wow, Roy. I cannot tell you how much I love this post. I was just feeling a little funky (and not in the fun way) from the early darkness tonight. This helped me find the lovely side of it, even if only for a moment.

  2. Very enjoyable post, picture, and music, Roy.

  3. glad you reposted the sets a nice mood.

  4. Good luck with your book. Your snow laiden trees look wonderful.

    I'm hoping for snow this winter solstice. I'm lucky enough to have tickets for Stonehenge to celebrate this meaningful time.

  5. beautiful music

    we lit a real fire in the lounge last night for the first time this winter

  6. beautiful photo from you Roy :)
    and beautiful music from Mal Dal- I closed my eyes and saw the stars :)