117 – Light

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

Light is essential for earthly life – specifically light from the sun, which provides the foundation for life on our planet. Light from the sun is the initial energy supplying the vast majority of food chains in nature. But, I’ve already had two walks focusing on the sun, so today I focus on one aspect – light.

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Light: that important requirement for green plants – but what is good light for one is not good for all. Some require full sun – others full shade – others in the wide in-between range.

Light is many things – a noun, an adjective, a verb – including a brightness produced by an illuminant.

Light: a type of electromagnetic radiation being the light we can see – the visible light associated with a name. Surely by now, you remember Roy, the mnemonic device signifying the order of colors – the color extracted from light as it passes through a prism – the same colors we see in a rainbow. For those who don’t know or remember, I introduce you to the distinguished scholar of color, ROY G BIV.

Light: traveling (in a vacuum) at a speed of about 186,000 miles per second – that’s almost 300,000 kilometers/186,400 miles per second. Better yet, that’s seven and a half times around the Earth at the equator in one second. Therefore, light travels a long, long way in one year. So far, the distance is unimaginable. Yes, light travels fast and far.

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The light of the sun we associate with terms such as sunlight, beams, daylight, daytime, natural light, brightness, shining, gleaming, brilliance, radiance, glowing, blazing, glaring, dazzling, and more. We can also add moonlight because the moon is not self-illuminating – it is reflecting sunlight.

Light: whose source is not just the sun’s natural light – but any luminant, such as fluorescence, incandescence, phosphorescence, LED, halogen, bulbs, lamps, flashlights, headlights, floodlights, lanterns, house lights, porch lights, street lights, and many other luminaries.

Light: a factor making sight possible. Sight – the sensation arousing visual light receptors on the retina to capture light, and then transform it into nerve messages to be sent to the brain for translation into a visual image. Without light, we see nothing.

Light: the source of color of what we see. Different colors, shades, tones, hues, and complexion – all light reflected to and captured by our eyes for detection that ultimately our brain translates into what we see. Yes, objects reflect light while absorbing the other colors.

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Light: the source returning to us showing the object’s luster – its shiny surface providing a sparkle.

Light: something that shines as a beacon or signal – a source of direction as a lighthouse for safety and guidance – as a traffic light for safety and instruction.

Light: a flame to start burning something – to ignite with a possible outcome of fire, a torch, or a simple candle – all blazes of a different magnitude – some decorative, others a source for illumination or warmth – and sometimes a sign of destruction.

Light: as in fire bringing together words and phrases and terms such as ignite, spark, start, set on fire, put a match to, kindle, burn, and torch.

Light: what candles give us as a temporary source while waiting for light’s return.

Light: the flow coming through windows to brighten the inside. Then again, the same light is also the purpose for curtains, shades, and blinds.

Light is what skilled photographers master to use, adjust, and manipulate with their tools to deliver an exquisite photograph- one that brings awe and wonders to the viewer.

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Yes – these are the lights we associate with lit, lighting, and lighted – plus many may involve an electrical switch. But light is also a word we use in many other ways – so many, that I will save them for the next walk.

I hope this prose has enlightened your day, There is so much to say about light, so other beach walks are ahead. Meanwhile, I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

(A note before the closing video: Because I admire the way photographers use light, I invite you to visit the photographers in the links below. They are wonderful artists and I admire their craft.)

See what other bloggers have posted about Light (most are photographers featuring low light)

Next Post: Light v2 – Tuesday 1st March @ 1 AM (Eastern US)


94 thoughts on “117 – Light”

    1. Jo,
      Hypnotic is a good word for that video – and (at least for me) fits “light” very well. She does seem like a fish – well, a luminous one. The reason I post at the hour I do is that I want it available for European morning – so commonly seeing you and Marina as early commenters makes me smile. Thanks for walking along!

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  1. Let there be light! Or more specifically, let there be a post on light by Cincy.

    Thank you for . . wait for it . . shedding some light on the topic so we’re not left in the dark. You done good, pal. And the video was perfect for this piece.

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  2. I’ve always been fascinated at how light effects mood. Most people I know say on a cloudy/rainy day they tend to be more quiet, more reflective, whereas on a sunny day they’re happier, more active…….I like both – we are children of the sun and the moon after all ! Great blog post Frank.


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  3. This is such a wonderful post about light and what light is, Frank. I enjoyed the waves of the ocean while reading it. Light is indeed essential for life here on earth. Here in Australia it is summer, and more precisely the tail end of summer so naturally the days are getting shorter – and I’m starting to notice less light and less harsh sunlight during the day. Summer is my favourite season and the abundance of light uplifts me. Like Pam in the comments said, light can affect moods.

    When you mentioned ROY G BIV, I remembered fondly of learning it at school when the teacher was teaching the class about rainbows and light. It’s amazing how light can be seen and felt in so many different forms, such as in rainbows, flames, reflections, lightning and more. I also think that light is invisible and intangible at times: light can come from within us in the form of a smile to someone or a sparkle in our ways.

    Watching that last video reminded me of how when I was a kid, I would play with lit-up lanterns at night during Chinese celebrations.

    Hope you enjoy many more walks alongside the beach, Frank 🙂

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    1. Mabel,
      Thank you for the beautiful and thoughtful comment. In some ways, I see the short days of summer as a contradiction. In our heads we think of the long days of summer, but given when the equinox occurs, summer is the time of days getting shorter – whereas winter is when days get longer. I spend several months of winter at the beach, and the amount of light is much different when we leave compared to when we arrive.

      Being familiar with Roy G Biv made me smile because I mention him from time to time on walks – especially ones about associated with color. Thanks for sharing and walking along!


      1. That is such a good point, Frank. After the summer equinox the days do get shorter in reality. There’s always a certain kind of extra warmth to the sun in summer and spring – like how you said the light at the beach is different in winter.

        Spring is coming up for you. Enjoy the extra sunshine 🙂

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  4. Such a vast subject, Frank, and I understand why it will take more posts to cover. We would have no worlds without light, and of course, light (as well as shadows and darkness) are a source for artistic inspiration in all genres.

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    1. Peggy,
      Glad you enjoyed this stroll about light. In this walk, I deliberately tried to stay on topic with light the noun – the thing of science. However, we use “light” in so many other ways, I thought that warranted a separate walk (which is next). And yes, light is a good word in a religious context. 🙂 Have a good weekend.

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  5. Hi Frank, I enjoyed the video, and the light music which played as the lights danced. Jo said it was hypnotic, and I agree… it lifts you, and makes you feel light as well! 🙂

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  6. Very much “enlightened.” 😉 And so true about light and photography. Went to the Kennebec River the other day, and the light was so crisp and clear that even my wee camera got some great shots, which I’ll be posting on Monday.

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  7. A great walk talk, Frank. Yes, light is important and I know there is more you will say in the future. There is much to be said, in spite of all the illumination you have provided today.
    So in the meantime… 🍷 Cheers 🍷

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    1. Resa,
      Thank you for the kind words. I can say that the next walk will focus on other aspects of the word light, and hopefully very little about the way I used light in this post. I have an idea about “lights” (the noun), but will see if I can get it started. If so, I’ll announce here. 🙂 Cheers … clink! It may be getting close to Bushwacker time.

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  8. When I think of light, I think first of inner light and how, though it is light like all other light, it somehow shines brighter and is more noticeable than what surrounds us every day. 🙂


    1. Nico,
      Glad you enjoyed these musings about light. Whenever I go into the range of colors, Roy G Biv has a way of appearing. It’s because of him that I also have prepared a tribute to each color. I think red, green, and blue are published so far – which also tells me I’m due for another one. I like knowing the favorite parts from readers. Thank you!

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  9. Thanks for the shout-out, Frank. I do enjoy light and now that we’re in Arizona, we get plenty of it! 🙂 As usual I enjoyed your thought. Nothing profound to add so I’ll just say I hope you’re having a great weekend.


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    1. Monika,
      Glad you liked the images. All are courtesy of Pexels.com, but I still have to pick the ones to use. In general, they have good offerings and free from WP. I don’t like that it takes up space in my library. Oh well … I’ll deal with it. Meanwhile, glad you enjoyed this walk. When developing the walk, I knew I had to divide it into two walks. This one featured the standard definition of light. The next one is about light’s other uses. That will be on Wednesday. Cheers to light, Happy Sunday, and thanks for walking along.

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  10. Very interesting as always Frank. You reminded me fo the weird green light flash that can often be seen on the beach in Florida at right around sunset. Have you ever seen it? It’s pretty amazing but if you blink you miss it! Of course as a photographer light is our greatest gift so I surely appreciated this one!

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  11. As a “child of the Light” I thoroughly enjoyed this beach walk, Frank. Thanks for reminding me about ROY — I know I must’ve learned that along the way, but somehow it had slipped my memory.

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  12. Truly beautiful prose, Frank. Light is particularly significant when we think about what its absence would mean. Some people comment that certain aromas or sounds often trigger an emotional memory, but I have often thought that the slant of light on certain occasions can make me so melancholy, as though I have been “here” before. Sunlight or moonlight, both, at the beach are particularly special. I think I need a beach walk soon! 🙂

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    1. Debra,
      Glad you enjoyed the walk and thanks for the kind words. the effect of light and it serving as an emotional trigger is an interesting thought The first thing that comes to mind are people why up north – way north – north enough for 6 hours of daylight in the winter. I can see how that can drive newcomers bonkers!


    1. PD,
      The way photographers use light is amazing. Then again, that is one of their important skills. For me, as a point-and-shoot camera user, I may be able to frame a photo, but those who know how to use a camera is truly impressive. Good point about the link between light and philosophy – but I intentionally stayed away from that in this post. Why? Well, more to come. 🙂

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  13. I totally agree that walking on the beach is good for both body and soul. The light, the waves, the sky, the sand are all so soothing and refreshing. The first video highlights that. And thanks too for the link to my site. I appreciate that!

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    1. Patti,
      You hit on my line – one that I stand and end each beach walk. Maybe I should develop a T-shirt with that slogan. 🙂 The idea to link so of those in the weekly challenge came to me at the last night. To me, it was perfect – especially because of the way skilled photographers use light. Thanks for what you do!


    1. Lenora,
      Thank you for the kind words. Unless someone provides the images, I usually use pexels.com (because of their association with WordPress). Most of the time, selections are wide, which means I have to make decisions on which ones to use. So far, so good! I don’t like the fact that they are loaded into my library – therefore chewing up memory space. Nonetheless, thanks for walking along.

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  14. A beautiful post, Mr Frank.
    We all need a lot of light these days to shut out the darkness that wants to enclose our world.

    When we are doing good to/for others, we are like lights along their rather dimly lit paths. Lets all be the light for others!

    Though scary, I love the way lightening lights up the surroundings in a night time storm.

    My mother always called the sun ‘Het Groote Licht’ and the moon was ‘Die Kleine Liicht’…the big light and the little light.

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    1. Ingrid,
      Great point about shutting out the darkness these days. From the simple to the elaborate, lights at night are special – special enough for it’s own beach walk in the future. See the new “Lights” tab. Your mother’s thoughts made me smile! Thanks for sharing.


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