Saturday, May 3, 2014


Following dawn and dusk, an earthly envelope of twilight fills us with emotions like hope and melancholy. Phases of sunlight move our circadian clock forward on the arrow of time.

When dawn surrenders to sunrise we are bathed in twilight.
“What breaks in daybreak? Is it the night? Is it the sun, cracked in two by the horizon like an egg, spilling out light?”
Margaret Atwood
That same twilight covers us from dusk until sunset. Twilight is refracted sunlight that reaches us after the sun slips below Earth's horizon.

Sunrise over the South Pacific Ocean
International Space Station, 5 May 2013

Categories of Twilight
Humans revel and take comfort in naming what we observe.

Naming lets us categorize and individuate experience. Thus we call out categories of twilight.
“Twilight drops her curtain down, and pins it with a star.”
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Objectifying observations is the silhouette of reverence.