Celebrating the Ordinary – Twilight

Today is day six of the celebrating the ordinary challenge posed by Marie of Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable this exercise has been for me. I’ve enjoyed both aspects, the writing part and the reading what others write part.

While I’m still way behind most contributors, I’ve managed to tweak out a post here and there. This is day six, but my day three. I’m a part-timer at best.

I’m cheating a bit on the first photo below as I actually took it about two weeks ago. It’s already featured above on my blog’s banner. Old photos are fine too, though, because as Marie mentioned, there are no rules in this challenge. Love that!

All summer long I’ve been meaning to get out and snap a few shots of the sun setting over our little lake here in Wisconsin. Of course I had all summer long to do this, but in my usual procrastinating form, I waited.

One evening about two weeks ago, I suddenly felt a pang of that old August urgency. So I grabbed my camera and headed out to our boathouse. I stood there by myself marveling at the ordinary sight I had been taking for granted most evenings all summer long and snapped off a few shots.

Inadvertently I had actually missed sunset. The sun had already disappeared somewhere beyond the horizon, but what I managed to capture instead was twilight.

Technically speaking, twilight is that period of semi-darkness; the time just after the sun goes down, but before total darkness sets in.

Twilight gently nudges in the darkness.

I love the mysteriously beautiful and tranquil moments twilight brings. I love the feeling of serenity as darkness quietly takes over the landscape and daylight just as silently disappears from the skies. I love the “in-between-ness” feel of twilight. I love the stillness and solitude as one day comes to an end, while at the same time there is promise another will soon unfold.

Twilight offers closure and promise at the same time.

And for some reason twilight doesn’t allow for thoughts or worries about cancer to seep in. Such thoughts and worries are somehow “stuck in-between” as well. The darkness and solitude of night often bring worries. New days often do as well, but during twilight such things must “wait.”

Twilight is the perfect time to just be.

It turns out there’s nothing ordinary about twilight at all.

What is your favorite time of day or night?

When did you last experience the splendor of twilight? (and I don’t mean the book or movie!)




25 thoughts to “Celebrating the Ordinary – Twilight”

  1. I’m a big fan of twilight, too. I love the ambiguity of it. When I’m in Michigan – which I won’t be this summer – bummer – we usually go over to the west beach for the sunset. I think the after-sunset is really the best part!

    1. Julie, The “ambiguity” of twilight. That’s a good word to describe it. I think the time after sunset is the best part too. There’s such a sense of calmness which is really special. Thank you for commenting.

  2. Oh twilight! I had forgotten about twilight. We have an amazing twilight in Scotland, especially in the long summer days. I love the translucent blue of the sky. But here in the tropics, we have a quick sunset and short twilight. Beautiful images – thank you for the reminder.

    1. Philippa, I didn’t know there was such variance to twilight depending on where one lives. Thanks so much for sharing, it’s really great to “hear” from you. Hope you’re doing well.

  3. These are beautfiul, Nancy. I so miss the twilight northern latitudes afford. Growing up my family spent summers on a lake in western New York. It was magical. Thanks for reminding me of such wonderful times.


    1. Ginny Marie, Thank you. Actually there are some water clarity issues here, but that’s another lovely thing about twilight. Everything looks even more beautiful and less flawed. And yes, I do remember putting kids to bed around twilight very well! Thanks for commenting.

  4. oh Nancy, you have totally transformed my concept of twilight..to be honest, the evenings are drawing in here in Ireland, and I have been feeling a little sad at twilight this past week..but now I see it in a whole new light (no pun intended!) These images are really sublime – thank you for your contribution to this challenge..it wouldn’t have been the same without you x

  5. Those are fantastic photos of twilight, Nancy. They remind me of images my ex-husband and I used to enjoy from our lake house dock. The sun would play tricks and cast shadows on the majestic mountains as it sank behind them. Sunsets have to be my favorite time of day, too. Thanks for the beauty of your prose and images. xoxo

  6. The northern light is definitely different than the southern light! Your photos are beautiful. I am forever chasing down sunsets with my camera in hand, keeping my eye on the growing dusk. I even have my husband in the habit too; last night he called up the stairs to me that it looked like it might be a good sunset, and off we went to find it. But we left a little too late. (He does not yet have the timing of the setting sun down as well as I!) We have a great spot to watch the sky turn colors but we have to allow enough time to park and then hike into the canyon. Last night we didn’t allow enough time, so I caught the twilight. Not as dramatic as a sunset, but still pretty darn purty in its own right. And you have so beautifully shown us that here! 😉

    1. Renn, So now you have me wondering where exactly you live. I can’t remember off hand. It sounds like you and your husband have discovered a great common interest there, what fun! I think I like twilight more than the actual sunset itself. Sometimes less drama is more, don’t you think? Thanks so much for commenting.

  7. Twilight’s my favorite time as well. I love to sit outside and watch the deer come up to feed and listen to the elk bugle. It seems as though all of God’s creatures are relaxed and savoring the upcoming end of their day.


    1. Brenda, It is a special time of day isn’t it? I love how twilight gently nudges in the darkness and seems to “quiet” everything down. It’s almost as if nature is being “tucked in.” Thanks for sharing.

  8. I love these photographs, Nancy – I think my favourite is the one with all the trees reflecting in the water, but they’re both lovely.

    I’ve not really thought about twilight much in the past – living in a built-up area just outside London, we don’t get to see much once the sun’s gone down! It’s true, though, that the pinkish hues linger in the sky for quite a while after sunset.

    I shall pay closer attention in future!

    1. Julia, I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. I hadn’t thought much about twilight either and I do live where it’s quite easy to notice it each and every evening. I’ll be paying closer attention as well. Thanks for commenting.

  9. Hi Nancy, I’m late reading this. The truth is, there really are no rules to this challenge — except to celebrate the ordinary. Your photos are exquisite. I love twilight, too; it is so beautiful and makes me reflect on the wonders of life.

    1. Jennifer, I don’t think you’re alone in that “dead of night” observation. That’s another thing that makes twilight so special. Those night time worries have to wait a bit. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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