Of light in the darkness

December 13 is a special day (Lucia):

It’s when the Swedes celebrate light over darkness

With the eating of Lucia buns

And special candlelit ceremonies with beautiful singing.

Even the skies spread a gorgeous light

To let us know that the sun will return

And to remind us of love and compassion

In the midwinter darkness.

Rainbow sky

For more light skies, please visit: Skywatch.

94 thoughts on “Of light in the darkness

  1. wow look at all the snow…and the colors in the sky… a gorgeous spot….is there a name for this special day? pretty cool thing to celebrate as well….light over darkness…there is more than one metaphor in that…smiles.


  2. What an wonderful celebration and reminder for all of us! Breathtaking capture and colors, Fiona! Thanks as always for sharing the beauty and the wisdom! Have a beautiful weekend!


  3. That picture is amazing — a miracle in itself. Did you not once show us the ceremony, with the girls and their candle wreaths? (I am so far behind I have no time to look back, but I’m sure it is your blog where I saw that last year maybe.)


  4. a friend of mine has recently moved to Sweden and she’s telling so many nice things about this country! and this tradition is one that most of us should follow, as we too often forget to celebrate light, and allow ourselves to be covered by darkness…


  5. I have seen this sky saturated in colour, felt that light and sensed the wonder. Though it was twenty five an more years ago in northern Ontario. It was early early morning, we were on snowmobiles and had been traveling through remote bush on our way to a secluded bush camp. We had two more lakes to cross. The lake infront , which was a wash in light an colour reminds me of this photo, was called Little Ella. Many of lakes in this forested rocky area were named by the Finnish people who immigrated to Canada and made new homes for themselves in the area. Many have lady names, such as Hannah and Ella. But what strikes me as interesting with your photo and Lucia, an my memory of early light over Ella is that Ella means ‘true to all, bright one, torch, radiant light -fitting name.

    I have spent the last 24 hours thinking of the tragic elementary school shooting in Connecticut, your photo has brought humanity back to me -‘light over dark’ and I thank you. If I could wish for anything, it would be for everyone on this earth, to stand in crisp cold air and stare into this kind of light and see this kind of colour as it has the power to change how we see life.


  6. It’s a wonderful tribute to the loss of light. It’s only upwards from here, right? at least that’s what I have to keep reminding myself… Lovely! -Danette


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