In the darkness


En route home from my work there is a small lake. Each year, one resident on the lake puts up a single, small Christmas tree to catch the eye of passing motorists. However, while it is easy to see and wonderful to admire as you drive by, it is much harder to photograph, entailing parking precariously on the side of the road and then taking a good long walk along a causeway to get to the one spot where it can be seen well enough. Next, comes trying to capture the shot with traffic whizzing close by (shaking, for example, the tripod awfully) and finally there is the long walk back…now in total darkness. Still, I had a lot of fun catching these few shots and the theme, “light and hope in a dark night,” is one that warms the heart at all times of the year, but especially so in the season of Longest Night.

Winter is here, it says, but spring is coming.

Before viewing the photographs, I would also like to invite you to visit the poetry blog, the Book of Pain. As always, special thanks to my dearest Lyn, who does most of the hard part: the photo selections. Thank you for dropping by the Book of Bokeh.



All photographs and comments ©2015 by John Etheridge with all rights reserved; not to be used without the expressed written permission of the copyright owner.


19 thoughts on “In the darkness

  1. ” … as we shine like stars in the universe …” John, the word “stunning” comes to mind, and I think that is part of how I am impacted by a brilliant and profound light piercing the darkness. What a great shot. Oh, by the way … I’m surprised that I am not “following” your blog yet. Well, stranger things have happened.

    • Thank you T! I knew that a man of your sensitivity would appreciate this photo! I am so glad that you liked it. Plus, in one name or another, I know you are always a good friend and close by.

    • Thank you so much! There is something universally appealing, isn’t there, about a small light in a great big dark? That sort of reminds us of who we are in this world. 🙂

    • Oh, I so wish I had thought that line up! “If a tree lights in the forest and there is no one there to see it, has it really lit up?” That would have been a great philosophical beginning to the post!

      Especially since the answer is clearly ‘no.’ Wait a minute…or is it, ‘yes’? No, definitely, ‘no.’ Well, maybe, ‘yes.’ Hmm….


    • There is something elemental about a light in the dark that awakes in us humans hope. It is a universal message of the importance of confirmation and faith: that no matter what is happening now, goodness will eventually win out.

      I recently finished reading The Monuments Men (the book was much better than the movie) and because of that started researching images of the destruction in Europe from WW2. (And probably right where you are right now.) Can there ever have been a bleaker moment for western civilization? And yet, now when I think of Europe as it is today…clean, orderly, safe, beautiful…it is amazing that such unity can come out of such conflict. As you said, “There is a light in the dark.”

        • You are correct that any reality that you have is better because it is truer than any fantasy that you can conceive, and it is also true that good things can come from bad…hence the Phoenix legend. We just need to hope that the stabilization and prosperity that Europe has achieved can be replicated in the US (violence in general, gun related violence in particular) and the rest of the world, Asia, South America, but especially in poor, beleaguered Africa.

          That’s a powerful way to look at the New Year! 🙂

    • Thank you! I have to try *something* … *anything*… to keep up with the cindyknoke’s of the blogosphere! 🙂

    • Thank you! You are being super kind and I appreciate it very much. The one thing I will not reveal is just how many (too many!) photos I had to take to get these few. 🙂

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