In the Gloaming

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

It has to be one of the nicest words in the English language. I love it and I love to use it.
Do you know what it means? It's an old-fashioned word that you don't hear much these days.
It means twilight (another delicious word), dusk, that time of the day betwixt daylight and nightime. Doesn't it just conjur up the romantic in you? Soft light, warm late afternoons, lazy feelings. I can just picture my family sitting outside in the 'gloaming' watching the children play while the adults talk and relax.
The birds going to bed; the sun dipping below the horizon; the scents of the outdoors as the day fades.

I love this time of day - especially in summertime.
Look at this baby kingfisher I snapped one evening in the gloaming while we were at our beach-house in Auckland.

And this wine glass, even though I don't drink wine, it does photograph beautifully, especially at that time of night when we were all sitting outside at the beach, talking, eating, drinking, relaxing.

And one of my favourite photos of the majestic Pacific Ocean in the gloaming . . .

And this last one is from my neighbourhood - looking out over towards the Southern Alps as the sun goes down.

Don't you just love the gloaming?


Julze said...

oh yes...I love the gloaming too...such a great word instead :-)

Wonderful pics Rachel...have a lovely day!

Mother of Pearl said...

Some beautiful photos Rachel.

We call the gloaming, the time between times - when it is light but it isn't day, when the sun is down but it isn't night - a time between times.

Have a beautiful day.

Lee-Anne said...

Rachel, off our street is a cul-de-sac called Gloaming Place, I now have a better meaning of the word, Thankyou.

Will think of this from now on as I walk past it.

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