Tuesday, September 30, 2008
After autumn equinox, the light becomes precious. Part of that has to do with the alarming reality of the incredible shrinking days. Another piece - at least for me - is about the quality of light at this time of year.
Brother Sun shines pure gold from equinox until Halloween in this corner of the landscape. That color enhances everything about the season. The turning leaves, deep blue sky, the river and all our super white monuments, are all illuminated by the gold light, made radiant and graceful, like a pre-Raphaelite painting. Our city couldn't be more gorgeous.
Sometimes I wish there was some way to capture a little bit of autumnal light, put it in a bottle and save it for one of the dark days right around winter solstice.
Except ... winter solstice is about paper thin, silvery white sunlight. Scarce as daylight is at that time of year, it's exquisitely beautiful. Gold light in winter would be, well, weird.
And anyway this autumnal gold can't be captured, not even digitally (though lord knows every year I try). If I want to enjoy the seasonal light, I've got to get out into it as much as possible, drink it in while it lasts. I'll be able to catch a few rays today, a great gift. (Yes I dropped an atomic bomb of antibiotics into my system yesterday, with enthusiasm, I might add. Yes they leave a strange taste in the mouth and make me queasy, yes. But compared to pneumonia, which is what I have, they're wonderful. Thank God for antibiotics.)
Thank God for the gold light of autumn. Amen, Brother Sun! Amen.