Last sunrise I wondered if cloud gaps on the horizon are a scientific fact or just cos I noticed the gap waiting for the sun.
The sky seemed to answer me today when there was mostly cloud on the horizon!
The future is
to a time before
The muse delivered the above after a pulsating sunrise this morning, and a misty day yesterday, three weeks into mistYmuse 2019/20 (#mYm2019), with the Winter Solstice only four days away. As with snow often not falling on Christmas Day, but other days either side of it, a sunrise like this cannot be guaranteed on the 22nd!:
Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks is the song I always think of when putting music to twilight times; kind of like America’s Horse with No Name for deserts and The Eagles’ Hotel California for accommodation!
So I was thinking that my recent photos should be called Armley Park Sunrise
and Wellington Sunrise (Wellington Street is nearby).
Both those place names have three syllables like Waterloo. Wellington’s first letter is also a w like Waterloo. Whitehall Road is probably closer than Wellington Street, and also begins with a w, but Whitehall only has two syllables.
Waterloo Sunset More Complex than Imagined
I’d always imagined Waterloo Sunset was just a sunset place sometimes seen by songwriter Ray Davies, but turns out it was much more complex: with multiple personal experiences inspiring the song; incorporating metaphorical meanings and fictional characters. From the Songfacts site:
Ray Davies (From Uncut magazine January 2009): “It came to me first as a statement about the death of Merseybeat. But I realized that Waterloo was a very significant place in my life. I was in St. Thomas’ Hospital when I was really ill as a child, and I looked out on the river. I went to Waterloo every day to go to college as well. The song was also about being taken to the Festival of Britain with my mum and dad. I remember them taking me by the hand, looking at the big Skylon tower, and saying it symbolized the future. That, and then walking by the Thames with my first wife (Rasa, who left Ray, taking his two daughters, in 1973) and all the other dreams that we had. Her in her brown suede coat that she wore, that was stolen. And also about my sisters, and about the world I wanted them to have. The two characters in the song, Terry and Julie, are to do with the aspirations of my sisters’ generation, who grew up during the Second world War and missed out on the ’60s.
After putting my camera off and away again, thinking the photos posted yesterday were the last sunrise opportunities I’d see, as I neared the city, I turned a corner and met this lovely scene with the sunrise framed by a bridge, with trees and grey sky above providing a fascinating contrast.
A Cropped Close-Up
My recent books, featuring my own previous nature photographing:
One of a plane seeming to fly over a (pagan) crescent moon at late afternoon sunset through a frosty window earlier in the week.
The clear sky setting sun inspired me to extend my run/exercises yesterday afternoon, especially as clouds were building around it, and with low pressure forecast for the next few days.
I stayed out until the last light disappeared from between tree branches, making me think that is what tinsel on Christmas trees might represent?.. although Wikipedia says ice.
Back on October 25th I wrote the BBC seemed to be ignoring the POPolution, with the POP part standing for: PinkyOrangePurple. Then, in mid November I was fortunate to be out under a POP twilight sky and posted some photos on this site’s sister site, travel25years; as they seemed more travelly than poetry.
BBC Focuses on PinkyPurple – Indigo
Today I saw the BBC had a focus on the twilight skies being particularly pink and purple this week. I don’t know if they have been particularly bright, or if it’s just them catching up with the POPolution! The other big terrestrial provider of local news, ITV, also had some great POP photos on their news yesterday, so maybe it was a special one.
Whichever reason, there’s some great photos anyway from the BBC‘s Weather Watchers, who’ve been very busy POPing POP pictures:
This dark bright pink the article was mainly about does seem more vivid than most:
This one is a classic POP picture, with all the PinkyOrangePurple colours, with the yellow sun rays orangeing in parts, the blue sky and grey cloud purpling and white clouds pinkying:
I’m writing another blog post updating the POPolution on travel25years now.