July 08, 2005
Light Therapy

creative perspectivesWe’ve reached the zenith of long days and now we move into a slow shortening of daily light as Earth makes her way around the sun. For most of us, that means lingering summer evenings and a billiant noon light. Have you noticed?

If you haven’t given thought to the sun and its light, get yourself outside this week.
Looking through the window isn’t the same as being out in the world, so be sure to get outdoors for this experiment. Take a camera, or a paintbox or your journal and find a way to capture the experiences.

Take an early morning walk—jut after sunrise while the day is still a little bit cool. What color is the world in the morning?

Then go out at lunchtime and have a little picnic in the sunshine. Note the angle of light, the shadows, the color of the light, and its heat.

About an hour before sunset, go out again. The world mellows as the light turns goldy-pink and shadows lengthen. If you can stay to watch the sunset and twilight, you’ll be well rewarded with gorgeous lightscapes as lights blink on and the world goes from natural to artificial light.

Posted by kuri at July 08, 2005 12:12 PM


Go outside 3 times in one day????

Posted by: MJ on July 8, 2005 12:53 PM

The light outside has been incredible this week. Especially before dusk when I go outside for my afternoon consitutional.

Posted by: T on July 8, 2005 01:02 PM

It is Sunday today, I got really early before 5 o’clock as soon as sun rose.

Posted by: Mieko on July 10, 2005 10:24 AM

Oh, I’ve noticed. I’ve got the world’s most ridiculous sunburn!

Posted by: Jenn on July 11, 2005 09:07 AM

I’ve been out 3 times today. Six am, noon and now at 4. It has been wonderful. Each of the times have had their own flavor and texture. But my favorite is almost always the time coming up - those few minutes after the sun has just set but the light still lingers. Things seem to be calmer and quieter at that moment of transition.

Posted by: Seth on July 15, 2005 08:33 AM
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