Twilight is the time of day that is half way between daylight and darkness. It is when the earth’s surface is neither completely lit nor completely dark. Here in the far northern hemisphere twilight lasts much longer in the summer months and sometimes it never gets properly dark. In Norway and other countries close to the north pole it is known as the ‘Midnight Sun’.

At the end of twilight dusk falls and a bat appears in my courtyard every evening to fly in circles feeding on the night-time bugs. When I see ‘Batty’ I know it is summer.

twilight has long been popular with photographers, who refer to it as ‘sweet light’, and painters, who refer to it as the blue hour, after the French expression: l’heure bleue.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

39 thoughts on “Twilight”

  1. Twilight so beautifully portrayed here Jude (my favourite time of day!) Love your narrative to go along with your beautiful photograph, as always… xx

  2. My wonderful late father always claimed this magical time of day was known in his homeland of Scotland as “the gloaming.” Loved that and miss him so.

    The gloaming comes, the day is spent, The sun goes out of sight, And painted is the occident With purple sanguine bright.”
    ―Alexander Hume

  3. I can’t get enough of those kind of skies Jude , but there just don’t seem to have been too many of them recently ! Twilight is here . and then gone . at this time of year – I can’t quite believe the Winter Solstice is around the corner . A really lovely capture !

    1. Thanks Poppy. We have had a few lovely skies recently, I keep dashing out to capture them in the cold, but not today – cloud and fog 😦 but soon the shortest day will have been and gone and spring is around the corner 😀

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