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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

"The grand show is eternal.  It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising.  Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls."
John Muir
The Wilderness World of John Muir, p 312

Dawn and gloaming.  The crisp light of sunrise and the slow farewell of the day.  For photographers, twilight is often known as the "magical hour," as it produces the softest and most dramatic natural lighting.  The true color of an object is concealed in the golden glow of the setting sun, an image painted in a dying light.   It is a time when light and shadow intermingle, with one fading into the other as the seconds pass, making each moment that the photographer hesitates a precious vision of beauty forever lost.

So it is with life and the human mind.  As we struggle to understand the world around us in all of its complexity, our perceptions of the world are painted in the dying light of the moment.  The true hues of the world lie just beyond our ability to see them.  And so ideas meld together, as light and shadow, to compose an image, an understanding, a vision of the world that our minds can comprehend and we can accept as real.  We frame these moments in words and expressions.  Most importantly, we share those words with others, making a dialogue of perspectives, a collection of images that helps us understand the larger picture before us; a mosaic of moments.

That's my hope for this blog, that it can be a place where friends and strangers can come together and examine ideas, whether we be in agreement or discord.  A place where questions can be asked, inspirations shared, and our collective images expanded.

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