75 – Night *

Special thanks to Ritva for providing the photos. Ritva is in Finland and I encourage readers to visit her blog Ritva Sillanmaki Photography. Please tell her I sent you and feel free to comment on her images here. She was also willing to try something different for me – collages. Any thoughts? Ritva’s work is copyrighted by Ritva Sillanmaki Photography.

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I like to walk on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Although now is a time of daylight, my thoughts are about night – that period of darkness ending with the arrival of light rising over the horizon.

Night is the time also called evening, nighttime, or even nocturne – the time between sunset and sunrise on the continuum of time. When does night start and end? Are dusk and twilight part of night? Maybe night flows like moving water, so we should not worry about that designation.

Night is a time when nature lifts the sky’s blue veil for us to see twinkly stars and a silvery moon reflecting enough light to outline the clouds and glisten across the water. Even on the clearest night here, the area lights of humanity limit my view of the stars and constellations, but Orion stands tall. I yearn for seeing the delights of night as a sky full of stars, the Milky Way, and glowing Auroras. The Southern Cross too, if I make it to the southern hemisphere.

I look out to sea and spot a ship moving toward the horizon. At night I notice more ships because their lights are easy to see against the dark backdrop. The multitude of lights easily identify cruise ships, and for that moment, I think about being on that ship.

Night is tranquil – a time when much of humanity slows down – a time of deep silence – but also a time when activity moves indoors and night owls flourish.

Away from the beach, night is a time of different sounds: grasshoppers, crickets, frogs, peepers, owls, and more – a nocturnal chorus of chirps, sequels, screams, grunts, howls, and growls – a time of rustling mammals, mockingbirds mimicking, singing insects, and howling coyotes – but here, the roar of the waves continues its domination of the soundscape.

The light of day is important for green plants making their food. But plants are adapted for activity at night because night is the time when plants take in oxygen to burn the food they made for energy and release carbon dioxide. Yes, plants are like us in that respect.

Although we can see it by day, night is the time when the moon is the goddess of the sky serving as the backdrop of love and dreams – a time we associate the enveloped darkness with vulnerability, fear, and danger – a time for seances, ghosts, vampires, and werewolves.

While night is a time for mystery, eeriness, loneliness, nervousness, rage, the crazed mind, and even death, it is also a time of love, peace, comfort, solitude, and a chance to say, Thank you for the day.

Night is the time when we stand in a giant shadow of time when all the colors become shades of gray. As the Moody Blues wrote, “Red is gray and yellow white. But we decide which is right. And which is an illusion?”

Night at the beach is a time of relative inactivity. With just enough light to see the white of the breaking waves coming from a sea of darkness, night is a time for lovers to walk, hold hands, talk, laugh, stare at the moon, wonder about the future, and kiss as waves caress their feet. For others, night is a time to walk with a flashlight with hopes of seeing the ghostly crabs of night.

Night is a topic for songs, films, and literature. During a rainy night in Georgia after a hard day’s night, a stranger in the night showcased his night moves while dancing all night long to Saturday Night Fever instead of making Saturday night’s alright for fighting. While the night in white satin remembers the night they drove old dixie down, Shakespeare gave us the twelfth night for a midsummer night dream because, after a night at the opera, the Arabian Nights cast a spell that conquered fear in the night. How many titles are in this nonsensical paragraph? Does anyone remember Three Dog Night?

During a night out on the town, someone will declare the night is young. Two may become like two ships passing in the night, but others will call it a night with a simple good night without encountering a one-night stand.

Night is the time when most of us sleep – a time we use to recharge our batteries for next-day activities – a time when the brain organizes the memories of the past day. Let us not forget that night is also a time for third-shift workers.

Night is a special time for many reasons, and worth thinking about during my daytime walk. If anyone played along in my nonsensical paragraph, the answer is 14. I enjoyed putting that together as part of my walk because that’s what thinking can do. After all, I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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119 thoughts on “75 – Night *”

  1. Obviously night is when I visit a lot of blogs, after I get home from work, it helps me to unwind as it were…I used to work night shifts before I married, and the best thing about those times was in the spring and early summer when the sun would arise to disperse the night. Ahhh, the daylight! At one facility it would reflect off the opposite structure and make the new day that much brighter.
    How about The aria Queen of the Night by Mozart and also his Little Night Music (Eine Kleine Nachtmuziek)?

    Nighty NIght! My nest calls me!

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    1. Ingrid,
      Sunrises are glorious, and I like the way you related them to post-work time and the impact they had on you. Besides the positives of fewer managers around, I imagine working second and third shifts provides a different view of the world. Thanks for the additional night songs … and hope you had a good night of sleeping well past sunrise.

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      1. Yup…got up at nearly noon!
        And here are some other great bits of music for the night: Nights in the Garden of Spain by Manuel de Falla (Noches en los Jardins de España); and Boccherini’s Night Music on the Streets of Madrid, which is a string quintet in 7 movements, embodying the nightlife of the Madrid streets, with an air of nostalgia. Mendelssohn also wrote music about Midsummer’s Night Dream, wherein is the famous wedding march…nope we did not use that!! LOL! (We used bits from Handel’s Water Music…)

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  2. nice photos too! we haven’t been allowed out past 19h for months in France….can’t wait for Monday when we are let loose until 21h00

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  3. Night is our reward for making it through yet another day. We can rest or enjoy nightlife – I choose rest. Nothing is as calming as looking at the moon and stars and letting my imagination have its’ way. I begin looking forward to night first thing in the morning! Crazy. The photos by Ritva are perfect accompaniment to your post today. I could hear Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” in my mind as I read the post….!

    Pam

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  4. Ritva’s pictures are breathtaking! Especially the moon over the water… Your post made me think of the years we used to go to see Shakespeare plays in the park summer evenings. They year they did “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” under a full moon was extra special. And then we saw a shooting star streak across the sky above the stage. Will never forget that magical night!

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    1. Barbara,
      Let me get this straight … On a beautiful summer night at an outdoor theater under a full moon you watched a Shakespeare play then treated by a shooting star. Wow …. no wonder that was a memorable night! Thanks for sharing and appreciation for Ritva’s photographs.

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    1. Dan,
      How interesting that you mentioned city lights, and oh no … those were the ones I didn’t use! I like seeing the lights of humanity from the air. I remember a flight years ago from Philadelphia to Worchester Mass as the lights seems to be one long string. Glad you enjoyed Ritva’s photos!

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  5. I love summer nights down the beach here, such a nice vibe with all the folks sat around campfires and the calming sound of the lake lapping against the shore. There’s a bit too much light pollution for proper star gazing but it’s still nice to look up into the heavens. Fun fact: I’ve made a Southern Cross out of glow-in-the-dark stars for our bedroom wall 😀

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    1. Steve,
      Summer nights with on a beach with a fire and fiends – now that’s a good moment. I hope to see the Southern Cross someday, but I just learned that the same sky also has the False Southern Cross, (something I never knew existed). Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Reblogged this on Ritva Sillanmäki Photography and commented:
    Franks Night post shared has some of my photos, read his well worded thoughts of night. Fell free to comment here or in his blog. Night can be full of magical beauty, with summers light nights we have here in the north. Winter sky with the beautiful star art. Nights capture the imagination, thoughts can circle in your mind during the night when you are supposed to sleep. Night is time for parties, time to meet friends or rest so you can survive the next day. It can be full of bliss or loneliness.

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  7. Your ‘nonsensical’ (as you called it) paragraph says it all. BTW: Yep, Three Dog Night – Jeremiah was a bullfrog…who croaked during the night for his mate (even though that wasn’t part of the lyrics, just characteristic of bullfrogs in general) Oh and of course the reference being that of measuring coldness of the night by how many dogs it took to warm up the bed!
    🙂
    That’s my tangential nonsensical comment! Have a great weekend, Frank.

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  8. Ritva, as always, stunning photos. Frank, one of the things I love about being in Wyoming, 7,000+’ in altitude and away from all ambient light is the joy of seeing the multitudinous stars and other things in the sky (if I can stay up late enough.) Another place we found out you can do this is on interstate 90 in the middle of Minnesota at night if you get a flat tire. Don’t ask me how I know that. 🙂

    janet

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    1. Janet,
      Ritva’s photos are stunning, therefore I must thank you because you are the common link between Ritva and me. I also appreciate your thoughts about the Wyoming night sky. Guess there is a reason people call Wyoming, Big Sky Country. Now about Minnesota …. sorry, I won’t ask.

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  9. What gorgeous photos … and what an interesting post! The busyness of the day melts as I read of nighttime’s calm. One plus of having to get up in the wee hours of the morning to take Monkey outside to potty is being enveloped in the night, when most of my neighbors are sleeping, dogs aren’t barking, birds are nesting, and the moon and stars are out in all their glory!

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  10. I like your nonsensical paragraphs.
    I remember Three Dog Night, because of a nonsensical song they sang – “Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog”.
    Ritva’s photos are exquisite.
    Darn, you gave the answer to your question! I only wanted to count, because I want to be correct!
    Okay, I’m off to visit Ritva!

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  11. Night felt friendlier to me growing up because I could have it all to myself – during the day there was too much noise. The difference has blurred now. You brought out the qualities of Night so well as always and stunning pictures!!

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    1. PD,
      What an interesting contrast of day and night. That is, the busy nature of day dictating a time that is shared with many others, but the solitude of night being for self. I wish I would have thought of that one! 🙂 Cheers to your appreciation of Ritva’s fabulous images.

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  12. I remember our trip to the Outer Banks when the kids were younger. We took a flashlight and went down to the beach and walked along the water. And then we saw them, scores and scores of tiny crabs, we spotted them from the little holes in the sand and a small scoop and we had them in our hands for a brief moment before letting them go on their way. It was fantastic.

    The shoreline at night is just magical. And yes, I do that very same thing as you when I spot a boat out in the distance.

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  13. Lovely music, Frank, and I prefer Ritva’s stand alone photos to the collage style. It showcases their beauty better, I think. Last night we had the tiniest sliver of moon, riding high in the sky at dusk, while birds swooped around us. I love that time of night. 🙂 🙂

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    1. Jo,
      I agree. The tiniest sliver of a moon glowing with the huge shadow in the background is a beautiful sight – especially with the dusk sky that is bright enough to display the birds. Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the music. I also appreciate your feedback about the photos maybe I’ll transition back to the single image format. Thank you!

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  14. as always a great post Frank with Ritva’s photography to pair so well with your post….you never fail to educate with your plant section here and entertain with your “How many titles are in this nonsensical paragraph? Does anyone remember Three Dog Night?” good one.
    love the stars and twinkle but would miss the long days there… I need as much light as I can get in a day❣️

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    1. Cindy,
      Thank you for your multi-praised comment. The biology in me has a way of coming out at appropriate times – and the nonsensical paragraph is part of my personality. But I must admit, it was fun to write. Glad you enjoyed Ritva’s wonderful photos. Selecting the ones to display and determine the position is a joy.

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      1. a blend of intellect and humor is such a gift Frank and great to see you having fun. Yes, her pics were awesome and it helps stimulate writing with arrangement, for me anyway❣️

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  15. Frank,

    Nighttime has its own magic, doesn’t it? Whether it’s in a town with all the terraces lit up, and the hum of voices broken by laughter, or along a quiet country road, serenated by the various little beasties and illuminated by the moon and stars or by the water, with the moon’s reflection casting a long light. Each one special for what they are. Ritva’s outstanding pictures showcase each of these.
    Just lovely.

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  16. Beautiful photography! I love Ritva’s photos. And I love the sound of the ocean at night. My favorite beach vacations have included being so close to the water’s edge that we go to sleep hearing the roar of the ocean. That to me is pure perfection and relaxation. For 40 years my husband worked at night (railroad) and I would stay up very very late and read. It took us a while after he retired to develop “normal” appreciation for nighttime sleep. 🙂

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    1. Debra,
      Ritva’s photos are outstanding. When she took the topic, I wasn’t sure what she would give me because the topic isn’t as concrete as something like windows or doors. But once I received them, I smiled! Just so you know, when we go south to the beach, we are close enough to hear the sound. 🙂 Thanks for sharing about hubby’s work.

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