Today is sunny and Sunday. It did not start out that way. There was both rain and snow overnight which saw things start out with a cloudy morning. Keri and I think on average the sun can show up after four p.m. on cloudy days. That is, unless we have a blanket of clouds over a number of days, or, sometimes, nearly a month.
Light is an essential thing. According to the Bible, God chose to comment on light to begin creation. Whatever the project – construction, zoology or writing – you need the lights on. Sunlight is the most necessary, universal energy. Light is as unique as air. It is as unique as being able to see things like colours and nuances in colours because without light there is no colour. We are at the mid-point of October, as I write this. The colours of autumn drift into the landscape before the snow shows up and changes what we see in the light and the kind of light that is around us as we go through our day.
I am writing this part at 9:30 p.m. when things are dark. Actually there are lights all around, all the time, because it’s the city. Going into the country and into the mountains there’s less light from civilization. The skies are clearer and the night skies are lit up by stars, perhaps whole fields of stars in infinite depths with the moon reflecting the sun, the source feeding existence.
There is a particular benefit to living where we do in terms of the lights of nature: the Aurora Borealis, waves of solar energy rolling through the sky like a living thing. I have immediate memories of the Northern Lights from the golf course on the edge of Elkhorn, MB. The lights so energetic they seemed to hum overhead on a canoe trip on the North Saskatchewan River in northern Saskatchewan. They sometimes appear on winter occasions when waiting for very early Edmonton transit when green lights still dance in the sky before I go to work.
My eyesight is holding up well. My eyeglass prescription is pretty much the same since I was seventeen. I can enjoy things like colours and the nuances of how the light is involved. Enjoy the light while you can.
Reinhardt lives in Boyle Street with his wife, Keri Breckenridge.