This time of year the sun may be in its weakest form in our northern hemisphere, but its low spot in the sky is still powerful.
While driving to work in the mornings it is sometimes almost impossible to see the road. All that is there in your field of vision in an all-encompassing brightness. It doesn’t shine down from above, but sits just barely above the horizon. Strong and intense.
Late in the afternoon it feels like there’s a spotlight shining directly at you, highlighting your strengths as well as your weak spots, the light clear and strong. There’s no blurring of the edges or that golden tint that comes at the end of the day at other times of the year. Just a dazzling light, right at eye level. Zeroing in.
Thankfully, there is at least one redeeming quality of this light and its shadows.
Pictures from my college days show me and my friends with slimmer figures, sleek and trim. A friend once said, while looking at these photos several years after they were made, “Look how long our legs were.”
In the winter, the long rays of the sun have returned those long legs to me at the end of a long day, as seen in this photo of me and my shadow leaving school.