Going Out in a Blaze of Sunsets

It’s the last day of Becky’s January Square with the topic of ____light, and I am ending my participation with refracted light, such as the light that makes sunsets so colorful!

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2-7 sunrise-Ngorongoro (2)2-11 sunset over Serengeti (2)

Illinois (Mississippi River)
Illinois – Arlington Heights
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Mont St.-Michel, France
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Egypt (on the Nile)
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On the Caribbean Sea
KODAK Digital Still Camera

January Square: Vancouver Twilight

I captured these awesome colors of Vancouver at twilight in late August 2016 before our cruise to Alaska. Here’s the square:
Sunset at 8:39 pm PDT in Vancouver
These are rectangular so they show a bit more of the sky and dark landscape.
KODAK Digital Still Camera
These colors remind me of a painting, using a palette of several blended hues. But much as I love art, the actual beauty of nature is even more wondrous!

Posted for Becky’s January Square with the subject of words ending in light.

I had never heard of the following music before, but I went to YouTube and typed in “Vancouver Twilight” and this is what I got. Apparently Twilight in Vancouver is new – released on January 3, 2020! The composer & instrumentalist is Sarah Debnam, known as Sarah the Illstrumentalist.

On the Hunt for Joy: Getting Outside

Cee has a new challenge, which she will post every Wednesday! It is called On the Hunt For Joy. The first topic is Get Outside.

And in fact, this is exactly what I did today, on my way home from a lecture. It was very cold today (colder than it has been this month but not unusually cold for January) and not a day I really wanted to go outside, but I was hot at that point from being overdressed and when I stepped outside, it felt really good!

What made me go outside was a beautiful late afternoon sky and I knew I wanted to take photos of it reflecting on the big pond behind our community’s main building. Taking off my gloves, I took several shots with my cellphone and decided to take the long way home. It didn’t take me long to feel cold (especially my hands) but I enjoyed the walk anyway because of the beauty of the afternoon. Here are a few of the photos I took.
The half-frozen pond created this undulating ridge across it and behind it were gentle ripples on the water.

January Square: Sunlight on the Dead Sea

Becky’s January Square Photo Challenge is _____light (words ending in light). Here is Sunlight Over the Dead Sea in Israel. (Taken Jan. 12, 2019 at 8:15 am  with Samsung S7 from motorcoach.)

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Did you know? The Dead Sea is actually not a sea – it is a lake, but has been called a “sea” since ancient times. It is more than 30% salt and the percentage of salination is gradually increasing as the sea/lake diminishes. It is called “dead” because it harbors no life due to the hostile environment of high salination.

Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge

Cee has a weekly “Oddball” challenge of photos that don’t seem to fit in with a particular topic. Mine are more on the verge of “weird.” Oh well, here goes…


A scraggly bush with lots of bean pods



Sunlight filtered through a patterned glass window in my house



Bike frames in a window near Logan Square, Chicago



Little Free Library with signs to fantastic places you can find in books (with a helpful small chair alongside).