WPC: Half-Light

The Weekly Photo Challenge is “Half-light”.

I have seen “half-light” occur at dawn, at dusk, when there is a full moon, or when there is a storm. At daybreak, the light emerges slowly as we see through a sort of haze. At dusk we can still make out objects and the sunset may produce brilliant colors. When the full moon is rising, so large and yellow, the stars are invisible but the moon allows us to see in the dark. When the sun is blocked by thick thunderstorm clouds, there is also a “half-light.”

Therefore, I picked one or two photos for each of these times.

The Dawn

I do not have a poem for the dawn.

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March, 6:08 am

The Dusk

IN THE HALF-LIGHT OF DUSK

in the half-light of dusk
after the day has prepared
hard surfaces for inspection
before the night has plunged
things back into themselves
there is a settlement in which
the external and the internal are
continuous with the evening air
if you are alone at the edge
of shadows you are not alone
the hours of light shine in you
with a compacted energy that
also burns in tree and stone
partly revealed and partly veiled

-Thomas A. Clark

I paired this poem with this picture because I took it when we were leaving someone’s house after my niece’s baby shower. I still felt the glow of that happy occasion, recalling the line “the hours of light shine in you.” The night had not yet “plunged things back into themselves” but we were settled in our car to go home.

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March, 6:05 pm

Sunset

EVENTIDE

Dark and light
striking
each other,
vividly etching wild colors
through the horizon.

The charm of sunset
makes me want
to scurry home.”
Tara Estacaan

The first stanza of this poem made me choose a picture with dark and pink clouds “Dark and light striking each other, vividly sketching wild colors through the horizon.” The colors in the photo are more subdued than wild, but the poem reminded me of this and many other beautiful sunsets.

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July, fishing at sunset.

FULL MOON

The low yellow
moon above the
Quiet lamplit house

-Jack Kerouac

This simple poem describes the scene below. The moon is low and yellow and the lamplight shines through the window of the house.

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February, 6:00 pm

Approaching Storm

NORTHERN WISCONSIN THUNDERSTORM

Black clouds blanket the sky
Obliterate the sun
The storm approaches
With rumbling thunder
The scene is bathed
In ominous colors.
I wait
For the hissing of rain
And the flashes of lightning
To surround me.
-Katy Berman

I always loved the thunderstorms at our summer home in northern Wisconsin. I took this picture on my first day there, excited that a thunderstorm was about to break. We would sit on the porch feeling and hearing the heavy rain that hissed around us and drummed on the roof. I was surrounded, yet untouched, by the storm. It was exhilarating.
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The afternoon sun is barely visible through the clouds.

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