Lightly Child, Lightly

Twilight can gift us some of the most spectacular atmospheric displays, a riot of shifting colours that punctuate the end of a day, or announce the arrival of a new morning.

The palate and quality of shadowless light has inspired artists, composers and authors from time immemorial and can induce feelings of awe, but also serenity.

These dazzling displays are brought to us thanks to the conjunction of the Earth’s orbital and atmospheric characteristics.

Twilight is the time, at the end of a day, between the sun setting below the local horizon and before the beginning of the night.

It is also the time between the end of the night and the sun rising above the local horizon, that marks the beginning of a new day.

From a meteorological perspective, twilight is further subdivided into three categories: Civil twilight, Nautical twilight and Astronomical twilight. These are based on how far the sun is beneath the horizon, with light and colour draining from the skies as night approaches… (Read on…)

—  Chris Fawkes,  from “Did you know there are three kinds of twilight? (


  • Quote: Thank you The Hammock Papers
  • Photo: DK  @ Daybreak. 7:22 a.m. Thursday, January 6, 2021. 36° F  (2C), feels like 29F (-2C). Cove Island Park, Stamford, CT.
  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”


  1. Beautiful photo! ^^;

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  2. It’s so funny. I remember reading about twilight when I wondered about the difference between dusk and dawn and fell upon this very explanation.
    Perfect image to go with. So beautiful.

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  3. There is something so gentle about the word ‘twilight’, yet the bursts of color are spectacular and insistent that one looks with awe. And I do.

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  4. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Simply awe inspiring!! Awesome …TWILIGHT!! — Chris Fawkes, from “Did you know there are three kinds of twilight? (

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  5. Truly “liminal” in nature’s glory!


  6. You sure have a lot of beautiful sunrises! Wonderful.

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  7. Winter provides such incredible twilight.

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  8. as you know, my fav times of day are dusk and dawn, they are gifts

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  9. unlimited, boundary…coalesces into, stunning, majestic dawn..such a gift!

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