On Exploring Light

The Exploring series aims at taking a look at a topic through a wonderful video. The previous two posts  examined the wonder of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture and the inspiring mind … but today is light.

Light is a necessity for biological relationships, yet to humans it’s more than luminescence that stimulates sight. Light is a metaphor for understanding  a problem, a viewpoint, a context, and yes – even an angle. Light is on the outside and the inside … and to some even see it as eternal.

Think about light as you watch this video, and then share your thoughts after watching.


40 thoughts on “On Exploring Light

  1. Wonderful Post Frank.. Light permeates everything, as it reflects and casts its shadows. Even now as I look through my half closed blind at my window, I see the shadow of my wind-chimes and the image dancing in the wind.. Light is in the water droplets, the prisms of rainbows in crystals and rainbows… Light is Life… Light even resides in the depths of the oceans as the strangest of fish emit their glowing pulses…
    And lets not forget. We ARE.. Light-Beings! 😉

    Lovely post and video 🙂 Thank you for sharing..


  2. Beautiful video … yes, light is so important to us … I’m always amazed how people can live in nearly complete darkness on Greenland, North Canada and Northern part of Scandinavia during the winter months. I need light. My favorite part of the video is when the light forms a cross in the chapel/church and the light through the window in the empty room. Magical.


  3. Beautiful video, Frank. Thank you for sharing it. Photography, as you know, is all about light, and it is through photography that I’m learning so much about light. The video also brought to mind the change in light I’ve been experiencing just by moving a little south. The sun shines here much more often than it did during the winter months in the Bogs. I feel much more invigorated this winter. Must be all the Vitamin D. 🙂


  4. Frank!

    Universal. I keep hearing Universal. And thinking we are getting bogged down in the “small stuff” instead of focusing on our similarities. Across the World. We are the same. We express it in different ways.

    Light is…universal. We feel it the same, yet express it differently. What is wrong with that?


  5. I love the patterns created on the floor by light and shadow – it’s fun to argue whether the pattern is the light, or the pattern is the absence of light (as defined BY the light).
    But don’t forget – when we look into the night sky, we are time travelers, for the light reaching us from stars has been traveling for hundreds, thousands, millions, or even billions of years!
    (Just don’t ponder all that stuff following one of your wine-tasting parties. 😉 )


    • This note is for a Mr. John Erickson: I don’t know you, but I must say, your comments are very true…except for the wine-tasting part. When we relax and have some wine, we get out of our own way, thereby seeing the world clearer. 🙂 I mean that for no site stats, BTW. I mean that in a genuine sense.


      • So … you taste wine to … just … TASTE it? Isn’t the whole point to get royally potted? I mean, where’s the fun in just … TASTING it? 😉
        (I kid – well, I mostly kid… 😀 )
        Oh, and you say you don’t know me? I hear Frank mumbling “Lucky so-and so!”.


        • Ah! So we’ve begun the anonymous “tete a tete” (sorry, couldn’t find the proper markings to make it sound legit). I LOVE being underestimated. Why do I think Frank is relishing this?

          Ok. So, you say.

          Get “royally potted” – sounds like an English saying, but I’m Scotch. And, American.

          But if you are American, and read the papers today, you would know that being “royally potted” could take on a completely different meaning. Especially if you live in Colorado, USA. 🙂

          I’m from Ohio, as is Frank. I do not live there now.

          But where are you from?


        • Flip a coin. Heads, Frank is sitting back laughing his … um … gluteus maximus off. Tails, he’s shaking his head, muttering “Oh Lord, Erickson’s at it again!”. (Personally I’m siding with tails. 😉 )


        • Oh, no! That wouldn’t happen. 🙂 I’m from good old farm stock. Tough as nails. Heh heh (traveling, as usual)


        • Oh…the most important point I forgot to make was to address your comment: TASTING IT?!!!

          Are you kidding me?

          I’m born in Ohio, USA. We were born and bred to drink.

          Heh heh 🙂


        • ARGH! My computer’s going nuts again – a several-times-a-day occurrence. Guess I gotta wind it up again.
          I’m a Chicagoan by birth and upbringing. I ended up down here (over by Coshocton/New Philadelphia) after being forced to live with some friends, following a health crash that cost me my house, my job, and my beloved dog. (Don’t feel bad about asking, it’s just the facts, ma’am, just the facts. 😀 )
          I tend to throw some British stuff into my writing. Bad habit from reading too many British books about World War 2.
          No, I don’t drink now, due to the meds I take, but back in my college days and right after, I was a lush of fairly epic proportion. But never wine, so I have to rely on Frank’s expertise on that front. Right, buddy? (By the by, SB – that’s your abbreviation-nickname, right? – that banging you hear is Frank’s head against the table, accompanied by a slow moaning “Not again, not again”. I have a well-earned rep for hijacking blogs, especially Frank’s. Poor fella! 😉


  6. I was one of those people who lived in Northern Canada where the summer light was endless and the winter day was only a few short hours long. Yet there was always the spectacular light of the aurora borealis. Sometimes it seemed that if was day in the middle of night. One of my favourite quotes on light:
    “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
    ― Plato


  7. Some of the images look to be those from the Doge’s prison in Venice. So very beautiful. There really aren’t a lot of things to say about this series, Frank, except thank you!


  8. Magnificent cross created by light. It is stunning and extremely spiritual. It’s minimal environment stuns the viewer into heavenly bliss.
    Sparkling brilliant stars showcasing a darkly lit night sky that will be unfold into radiant sunlight.
    I love this video. It has a spiritual tone every frame.
    GREAT !!!


  9. I think maybe because I live in the land of nearly perpetual sunshine, I’m very sensitive to the very tiniest way light shifts and changes. I’m always noticing little facets of light that shine through the trees or the particular way it hits the mountains certain times of the year. I celebrate it every day. This was a wonderful, wonderful video. My favorite so far. 🙂


  10. Even though I’m less spiritual than a traffic cone, Frank, light and spiritual do seem to go together as well as Fred and Barney — Saturday morning cartoon posts on the brain over here! I also think this video would have looked fantastic in 3D.


  11. when i taught science, i explained to kids that we do not see objects. we see light bouncing off of objects. and they’d say, “F-U old man.” and i’d say, “give me a chance.” when we see a blue car, we don’t really see a blue car. we see a car. seven colors of light from the sun hit that car. six colors are absorbed, and color bounces off – blue – and that blue light hits our eyes. to prove it, i would take a blue piece of paper and hold it near the window where the sun was coming in. i’d shut off the lights and let the sun hit the paper or book or whatever was blue. next to that paper, i would hold a piece of white paper. if you angle things the right way, both the blue and the white papers will appear to be blue. and i’d explain to the brats that the blue light from the blue paper was hitting the white paper and turning it blue. if i pulled away either the blue or white paper, the white paper would again appear to be white. the kids would actually be amazed by that.

    stupid crap like that was the best part of teaching.


    • Rich,
      Great points … and for a writing guy, impressive. Science has a true treasure chest of demos and activities to support the point. The key is weaving them into meaningful learning experiences.


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