On Dark

 

Coyote Gulch (Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument)

 

Dark – from the Old English deorc, Middle English derk, MIddle High German terken, and Germanic tarnen

Dark – a noun and adjective with forms as an adjective or a verb

Dark – darkish, darken, darkly, darkness, darker, darkest

Dark – a shade or color that is closer to black than white

“The Navajo Wave” (Page, UT)

 

Dark – the absence of light in a place – as in darkness, blackness, gloom, murkiness, shadow, shade

Dark – possessing a depth and richness, a descriptor for the color of skin, hair, or eyes – as in brunette, dark brown, chestnut, sable, jet-black, ebony

Dark – hidden from knowledge; mysterious, secret, hidden, concealed, veiled, covert, clandestine; archaic, ignorant; unenlightened

Waterholes Canyon (Page, UT)

 

Dark – as a closed theater; one not in use, closed to the public

Dark – not reflecting much light; approaching black in shade – as in black, pitch-black, jet-black, inky

Dark – a period of time or situation characterized by tragedy, unhappiness, or unpleasantness – as in tragic, disastrous, calamitous, catastrophic, cataclysmic

Dark – as a pessimistic view – as in gloomy, dismal, pessimistic, negative, downbeat, bleak, grim, fatalistic, black, somber

Somewhere in Oklahoma

 

Dark – as an expression – as in angry; threatening. moody, brooding, sullen, dour, scowling, glowering, angry, forbidding, threatening, ominous, sinister, evil, wicked, sinful, immoral, bad, iniquitous, ungodly, unholy – the dark side

Dark – a time of day – as in night, nightfall, nighttime, darkness

Dark – a condition, as in having very little or no light – having less light in color than other substances

Dark – a devoid or partially devoid of light – not receiving, reflecting, transmitting, or radiating light

Bryce Canyon, UT

 

Dark, a lack of knowledge, culture, or understanding – as in unenlightened

Dark – a situation – as in grim, depressing – the darkest hour, dark days

Dark – the unknown or unexplored because of remoteness

Somewhere else in Oklahoma

 

Dark – as used in idioms as dark horse, in the dark, leap in the dark, shot in the dark, the darkest hour, the dark side, a deep dark secret, and whistle in the dark

Dark – a complex word about a place, a time, a feeling, and much related to light and color – and a powerful metaphor

“Darkness falls across the land, the midnight hour is close at hand” (Michael Jackson, Thriller)

The Milky Way at Zion National Park

 

In an earlier post featuring light, several comments address the need to counter the post about light with one about dark … so here it is. Steve is not only a long-time friend and photography enthusiast, we’ve collaborated on several occasions right here. I write the text and he selected the images to embed at various points.

I encourage everyone to visit his site to see his photos, which are available for purchase. He may also respond to comments here when he can, so feel free to ask him questions.
Photos are copyrighted by Steve Ancik @ LightWave Images

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On the Gift of Images

Whether it be a beautiful site, a moment in time, a human emotion, or whatever, images can capture so much. Below is my first gift of the season – simply a few sites with pictures. Feel free to share links of other sites in the comments.

Flickr gallery Lights in the Dark and its blog page provide outstanding images of space.

I said this on more than one occasion, but I’m in awe when viewing images at the Hubble Gallery and the European Southern Observatory.

I bookmarked this images a few months ago of the hidden beauty of a no-longer-used NYC subway station.

The stills captured by high speed cameras are wonderful.

Consider trolling around the National Geographic Photo Contest page.

I look forward to Joe’s weekly post about the ordinary in life, but here’s his professional page.

If you have a special images site you would like to share, please do so.

Meanwhile, since many of us have been in the grips of cold weather, here’s a flashback to the colors of this fall … the Japanese Maple in front of our home.

What will be tomorrow’s gift of the season? Please return to find out.

On a Friend’s Celebration

The month of September was an abnormal month for me in several ways. Through the hectic events, I failed to honor a fellow blogger’s milestone.

I discovered Joe Dempsey when searching for images of the famed Delta Queen riverboat. Since then I found that he is much more than a photographer as each weekly post tells a story – thus I became a regular reader of the Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind. Sometime last month he delivered his 100th post.

I not only appreciate Joe’s images, but his approach is to bring us the good things in life that are right in front of each of us. Some are obvious, while others are subtle. He wants us to see more by taking the time to look and engage. Whether in the form of nature, human endeavors, or simply people that you don’t know or suspect, Joe brings out the goodness that surrounds each of us.

I’ve never met Joe, but through his weekly treks through LA … that is Lower Arkansas … I’m sure there is a good guy at the other end. After all, would you doubt anyone who loves a good lunch sandwich from a rural general store or a Moon Pie and RC Cola for a snack?

A belated happy 100th Joe – and here’s a treat you’ll appreciate.