Weekly Photo Challenge – Let There Be Light

Yours is the light by which my spirit’s born: – you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.”

E.E.Cummings

STARRY, STARRY NIGHT

STARRY, STARRY NIGHT

This week in the U.S. we are celebrating Thanksgiving. Coincidentally, we are at the same time celebrating Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights.  How appropriate then, that Ben has challenged us to share some of light’s sources.

When I consider the subject, there are four things that come immediately to my mind.  First, as seen above, the stars.  The very evidence of the birth of our universe. Second, the greatest of all light sources, the sun:

AUTUMN SUNSET, KIAWAH

AUTUMN SUNSET, KIAWAH

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

Plato

Third, the moon – which determines the tides that impact all life, and in fact may have influenced the very beginning of human life.*

MOONLIGHT, KIAWAH ISLAND

MOONLIGHT, KIAWAH ISLAND

“Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

And finally, fire – the first light ever created by man, which serves us in so many ways.

LIGHT OF LIGHTS

LIGHT OF LIGHTS

“How far the little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” 

William Shakespeare

These candles are from my visit to a Buddhist temple, where they memorialized loved ones who are no longer of this world.  Let them also serve as a reminder to give thanks – for nature’s gifts of light, for loved ones here with us, and finally for loved ones here in spirit only. Let them be always in our hearts even if they no longer sit at our table.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

To see the lights of other bloggers, click here.

* Source, Scientific American, http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=moon-life-tides

 

118 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Let There Be Light

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  2. I just knew your response to this particular challenge would be lovely Tina .
    I’m taken with the impression of the Moonlight in Kiawah … blue sea swaying in gold

  3. Interesting that all the quotes except Plato’s are written in iambic pentameter. He has an excuse; it hadn’t been invented yet.

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  5. My fav is the starry starry night. Love stars! Magical. Am partial to moonlight too…
    And the candles,, so unique and sweet.. I keep going back to look at this set. All so very beautiful!
    & Thankful for beautiful sunsets such as this you captured, to toast each day we have with gratitude. Thank you for sharing your talent Tina ! dsup

    • 🙂 Thanks Perpetua! Yes, we actually DO have some turkey left LOL. More importantly our family is still here with us until tomorrow so we are very blessed this year. Thanks for stopping by!

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    • Many thanks Mary Lynn – that was a shot from our session with Kevin Adams. It was at the very end of the night on the gazebo. I’m surprised I could still hold the camera it was so cold!! Still HAVING a wonderful holiday with our kids and granddaughter here till tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comment.

    • Thanks Tish! We went out with a professional for some experience with “light painting” and this shot was created by having someone hold a flashlight, very briefly, from underneath the window. I liked the way it contrasted with the starry sky. Appreciate your comment!

    • Thanks Rick! That one resulted from a beach sunset shoot that I did with a bunch of good friends from our photography club so it makes me smile when I look at it! Appreciate your visit, comment and “vote”!

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  9. Tina,
    As usual breathtaking photos but the descriptions are as “poetic” as the excerpts from the poets. Just splendid!

  10. Hi Tina – beautiful images, as always. When I saw the sunset picture (and before I read the caption), I said to myself, “That looks like my Kiawah beach” and it was!
    Interesting that we chose very similar themes for our “Light” post, mostly natural sources of light. Love the blue Moon image.

    • Thanks Anne – this challenge, to me, cried out for nature. Looking at the other posts I’ve seen so many creative responses! This one allowed lots of leeway, didn’t it?! But then, I’m a nature girl myself 🙂

  11. You have certainly captured light in this post Tina. I love the candles. And the last paragraph.
    //Let them be always in our hearts even if they no longer sit at our table.//
    I hope you had a happy thanksgiving.
    Jude xx

    • Thank you Jude! The last paragraph was definitely heartfelt. As we sat around the Thanksgiving table with our kids, our granddaughter and several friends, it seemed to me that we were there only thanks to those who are no longer with us. So we had a toast to them and everyone enjoyed a wonderful moment of thankful memories.

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