In the US last weekend, we (reluctantly) turned the clocks forward for daylight saving time for most of the states. What happened to the choice voters made a few years ago to end this madness? I enjoy more evening daylight, but the morning is dark again. And my inner clock will be fouled up for weeks.
In any case, today, March 20, is the first day of spring in the Northern hemisphere and marks the first day of Autumn in the Southern hemisphere. Referred to as the Vernal Equinox, this day marks an equal number of hours of both daylight and nighttime. Hooray! After a long, snow-covered winter (for me), I welcome spring with open arms, still wearing a sweater of course.
This week’s Sunday Stills theme is to depict daylight, daytime, anything related to “day,” in black and white where possible. In this post, I have a mix of color and black and white images. You can make your main photo of daylight in black and white and show other images in color for contrast if you wish.
“I remember being on a black-and-white set all day and then going out into daylight and being amazed by the color.” ~ Jeff Bridges
A Daylight Encounter on Pi Day
On March 14, 2022(3-14)—aka Pi Day, I walked the dogs in a nearby park that borders the elementary school in which I substitute teach 2-3 times a month.
Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.
Fun Fact: Pi Day falls on March 14, which is German genius’ Albert Einstein’s birthday.
A few weeks ago, I subbed for a 5th-grade class that was studying the solar system. Their amazing teacher put a long-term project together that involved gathering large rocks and painting them like the sun and its corresponding planets. Then the painted rocks were placed along the park’s walking trail in relation to the sun.
Of course, math was involved, and beginning with the placement of the rock sun, from here, each planet is “in orbit” along the trail aligned in ratio to its real-life distance from the sun. I left this picture in color so you could see the details the students painted.
In other words, Pluto is about 2 miles away further down the trail. I must assume that the students used pi to create the formulas to gauge the ratio of the circumference of the solar system for their project. Students painted each rock the colors they interpreted from each planet.
As we walked, my dog Brodie always stops for you-know-what and I shouted, “Don’t you dare pee on Mars!” He missed the rock by mere inches!
Does One Year a Home Make?
In counting days, 365 of them later, I fondly remember moving into our new home.
On March 22, 2021, we got the keys to our brand-new home and moved in the next day. What has been one year feels alternately like 6 months or several years, depending on what I’m doing, and what I’m thinking about.
What a difference a year makes:
How We Measure the Days
There are many symbols we use to measure the days and the night, the most recognizable is the clock.
Before there were clocks, ancient civilizations used a variety of items to measure time. Some were found in nature, the cosmos, or in monoliths and artifacts made by human hands. Most of the ancients relied on the sun, moon, and stars to indicate the passage of time.
“How lovely are the portals of the night, when stars come out to watch the daylight die.” ~Thomas Cole
Jacqui Murray, Author of The Crossroads Trilogy, explains that even Homo Erectus who lived 850,000 years ago, had ways of measuring the passage of time. In Against All Odds, the first book of the trilogy, Murray describes time as “a hand of sun’s travel, or the amount of time it takes Sun to travel the distance of a hand held up to the sky.” Four fingers or a hand-width measured an hour of time.
Since the beginning of humankind, we have relied on nature and the seasons to mark the passage of time. In the northern hemisphere, spring is the time to plant flowers. Ancient nomadic man relied on seasonal plants to make plans in which to travel since particular plants provided food for a journey and indicated the weather patterns.
We know it is summer when sunflowers begin to bloom.
A desaturated sunflower begins to open in July.
“To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul.” ~ Andri Cauldwell
Photo Challenges this Week
- Cee’s Flower of the Day
- Cee’s Black and White Challenge
- Johnbo’s CellPic Sunday
- Lens-Artists: Curves
- Marsha’s Writers Quotes Wednesday
Sunday Stills Photo Challenge Reminders
Sunday Stills weekly challenge is easy to join. You have all week to share and link your post.
- Remember to title your blog post a little differently than mine.
- Please create a new post for the theme or link a recent one.
- Entries for this theme can be posted all week.
- Tag your post “Sunday Stills.”
- Don’t forget to create a pingback to this post so that other participants can read your post.
- I also recommend adding your post’s URL into the comments.
This Week’s Featured Bloggers
Sunday Stills is a wonderful community of bloggers and photographers who desire to connect with one another. Below are this week’s links from bloggers who shared their wonderful B&W daylight photos. I edit these all week as new links are added.
- YOUR NAME HERE!
- Always Write
- Between the Lines BookBlog
- Bushboys World
- Calling All Rush-Babes
- Cats and Trails and Garden Tales
- Cees Photo Challenges
- A Day in the Life
- The Day After
- Deb’s World
- Equipoise Life Image shared in comments
- Easin’ Along Image shared in comments
- Geriatrix Fotogallery
- Graham’s Island
- Hugh’s Views and News Image shared in comments
- NEW! The Lotus
- Loving Life
- Musin’ With Susan
- Natalie the Explorer
- Philosophy Through Photography
- Priorhouse Blog
- This is Another Story
- Travel with Me
- Wide Eyed Wonderings
- Woolly Muses
- Working on Exploring
- NEW! Zoe Haynes-Smith Photography
Although St Patrick’s Day has come and gone, I will leave you with this Irish blessing. I AM Irish after all…so why not celebrate green all year long?
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