Finding light in the dark

The beach today

What do you notice first in this photograph – the amazing deep black clouds ahead or the fact that the photo is taken in sunshine?

Did you know?

Dark has an impact on human mood, and behaviour. According to research students sitting by a window will do better in a test than those sitting is a gloomy part of the room. On dull dark days research also suggest that people are more likely to lie and cheat! Seasonal Deficit Syndrome (SADs) is known to be a condition when people during the long winter months, especially in Northern Europe feel less positive, do not feel refreshed after sleeping and find it harder to concentrate: A gloomy prospect as we launch into the winter months. We need to find ways to keep ourselves cheerful and focussing on the light.

Reflective moment

Dark can emphasise light, making it appear brighter by contrast. One single ray of sunshine squeezing past a blockade of storm clouds can make the spirit soar higher than a sunny summer day can ever achieve. Winter is a time for actively seeking out those precious moments.

One of my favourite word is ‘gleaning’. Go ‘gleaning harvesting’ this season. Gleaning is that moment when the clouds part and the sun breaks through so it looks like a StarTrek film, about to ‘beam up Scotty’! Everything the beam touches is floodlit, accentuating colour against the dark.

The sound of the sea today

A dark sky and an iron sea, but white spray spitting with energy, and patterning the surface of the water; decorating the pebbles with frills and ruffles. Look for the light notes and humour in the roar and tumble of the pebbles.

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