Wednesday, December 14, 2011

many muses musing - GLOW

Thankful for weekend getaways

thankful for weekend getaways by ~becky sue~(rsl photography)

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re fast approaching the Winter Solstice, that time of the year when the night is longer than the day and the dark seems to have the winning hand. But the Solstice marks a turning point: from now on the days slowly begin to grow longer and the nights shorter, and these long, dark hours are really a sign that the light is on its way back.

Mid-winter festivals the world over are about celebrating the return of the light; they symbolise a battle between light and dark and the eventual triumph of the sunlight that we need in order to survive. And that's why this time of year is full of our attempts to bring back the glow of the sun: we burn candles, set light to Yule logs and glowing fires, and light up our homes and our streets with strings of bright, glowing, coloured lanterns and lights.  Sometimes, as in ~becky sue~'s stunning photograph, the low mid-winter sun itself creates a beautiful glow in the evening sky.

I hope my giveaway today will bring a little bit of a glow into someone's life.  I have a copy of my ebook for one lucky winner: Photography Outside the Box: loads of creative ideas and inspiration for what to photograph next.  It has over 150 photos and enough ideas to guarantee you'll never run out of inspiration again.  You can read more about it here.

I look forward to seeing where in the dark mid-winter world you find your GLOW.  Please link your blog or flickr url in the linky tool provided below and/or leave a comment on this post for a chance to win the giveaway (max 2 entries per person).

Your creative holiday prompt for tomorrow is: MAGIC

Wishing every one of you a warm and glowing mid-winter holiday, and a new year filled with the glow of love and happiness.

gilly of the camera points both ways

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Christine said...

Beautiful photo. What a nice prize!

Kmcblackburn said...

WOW! Breathtaking photo!


Unknown said...

stunning light!

Terrie said...

What a perfect choice for a glowing image! Who wouldn't love to win an inspirational photo book? Certainly I would. You guys are great for sharing so many giveaways!

Anna said...

Hi Gilly, loving the glow wherever I can find it this time of year! Stunning photo! Thanks for the chance to win your ebook :)

patricia said...

One of my favorite places to be is on the beach at sunset. You captured it so well.

Becky Sue said...

Thank you so much for choosing my image for "Glow"! Maine is such a special place for me and I love to capture it with my camera.

stacie said...

What an amazing photo! So happy to have found your wonderful blog Christy. Excited to be part of your giveaway next week.

christina said...

stunning photo! amazing giveaway!

Siobhan Wolf said...

So happy to find the light here today. I've been seeking it out as well, in this time of moving into darkness, and look forward to the Solstice and the gradual lengthening of the days. Thanks for the opportunity for the giveaway. Blessings!

Linda said...

lovely photograph! thanks for this amazing giveaway!

jennifée said...

I didn't know you've written a book - would love to win that :)

To see the darkness as a sign that the light is coming - that's a great way to look at it.

urban muser said...

great giveaway gilly. too bad i can't win :)

Sandra Dee Burchett said...

Your book sounds wonderful! I'd love to win it!

Kirstin said...

So magnificent! You can feel the glow on your face from this picture!

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