With the publication of Ann-Christine’s challenge this week entitled “Artificial Light,” we noted from the entries posted on her site that light sources other than natural ones can actually be quite magical indeed. To tell the truth, we tend to take pictures mostly in natural light, generally the glow from the golden hours of sunup and sundown. Even though we had few examples to share, here are a few from our collection. But we’ve already resolved that to take more pictures of artificial lights, especially at night.
May it be a light to you in dark places when all other lights go out.J. R. R. Tolkien
Artificial light, of course, is with us much of our home time and working time. In the photo above, pretty lights hover over a kitchen island in Waco, Texas, in a home designed by Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper fame. And, after staying home during the pandemic, we may all have set a record for the number of hours we’ve spent under artificial light at home.
At St. George Island in Florida, boat crews approaching the shoreline felt relieved that a beacon of light from a Fresnel lens has safely guided many to their destination since1833. (And you can tour this informative little museum and lighthouse right on the island.)
In Jerusalem, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre utilizes artificial light as a safety measure around entrances and exits, but also as a spotlight for the workmanship and design of one of the world’s most visited structures.
Inside, artificial light paired with the softness of candle light sheds a soft glow onto alcoves bearing detailed frescoes, tilework, and statuary.
And in our own hometown — Knoxville, Tennessee — we watched one evening as artificial lights competed with a rising full moon for attention at Lakeshore Park. We wondered: Are these little strings of artificial lights trying to compete? Or were they just happy to be in the same league with a magnificent full moon on a summer’s night?
The moon doesn’t consider one phase better than another; she just glows equally stunning at each turn. Why should we be any different?Cristen Rogers
Thanks for joining us this week. Please take a look at some of the outstanding photos posted on Ann Christine’s site. You may be as amazed — as we were — with these glowingly superb examples!
Rusha & Bert