Black & White Sunday: Night

Late dawn. Early sunset. Short day. Long night. Winter solstice.

In the Northern Hemisphere today we celebrate winter solstice – the day with the longest night.

In pre-Christian times in this part of the world the December solstice observance included people sharing food and showing forgiveness.

Many cultures continue to organize feasts, festivals, holidays and celebrations around December solstice.

Although winter was regarded as the season of dormancy, darkness and cold, the coming of lighter days after the winter solstice brought on a more festive mood. To many people, this return of the light was a reason to celebrate that nature’s cycle was continuing. (source: timeanddate.com)

 

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There is only one Black & White Sunday post still pending this year: (for further details about the posts scheduled for the new year see the newly added page SCHEDULED CHALLENGES.)

2014/12/28 – Wish (Black & White Sunday)

 

This Sunday’s entries:

Debbie’s Twinkling Edinburgh

Cardinal’s Street Photo

Black & White Sunday: Night

42 thoughts on “Black & White Sunday: Night

  1. That photo is gorgeous, Paula. I love the way the building on the hill is lit up and just stands out. The lights on the bridge just seem to take you right to it. Good one. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!🙂

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  3. I like your image – it does look a calm and restful night. Happy Solstice to you – over here it’s the longest day – its shaping up to be a very hot one indeed. Later on I’m drumming it on the beach with friends.

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  4. Absolutely celebrate the return of more light; about 4 more minutes each day until Summer Solstice. The best part of this time of the year.

    Nice bold tones in your shot. It looks really good enlarged.

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  5. NIce composition and B&W shot. In my home we’re not religious, so we celebrate Yule. In Norway that’s the original, pagan feast that started long before Christianity came around and stole the season to celebrate their fake god.

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  7. That castle just leaps into my arms! I love everything about it, Paula, from the reflections beneath the bridge, over to the church, and up the hill. Just superb! 🙂
    Hope you had a good solstice and that the news on the health front is much better. In case I don’t see you in the meantime, my very best wishes for the festive season and I hope 2015 is kind to you and yours.

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  8. Your b&w photos are always beautiful. Here I particularly love the clouds and the reflections, which are not immediately obvious and therefore all the more delicious.

    I missed my Sunday fix – my daughter’s place is an Internet black spot, and we were busy being full-on family. I’m exhausted, and I’m not working an 80-hour week, which seems to be the case for my son-in-law.

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  9. Just hopped in to say hope you’re all set 🙂 Do you have your Christmas meal on Christmas Eve, Paula? If so, you’ll be busy. Have a peaceful and happy Christmas and joy in the New Year!

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