Photograph of a wonderfully colored afterglow following a sunset over Lake Michigan. Every evening the sun sinks toward the horizon, meeting earth with heaven, and slipping under the boundary of our perspective, carrying with it something of ourselves into the netherworld of our imagination. To one culture the sunset is reminiscent of a great, striped crepuscular tiger; to another it is the falling golden eagle of the gods.
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We often watch the sunset as we might the last embers of a dying fire, peacefully or pensively reflecting on the inevitable repetition of death and rebirth, the declination of an individual life or the completion of a cycle. Some Australian aboriginal tribes depicted the sunset as the more intimate drama of consciousness nightly descending into the timeless realm of sleep and dream in order to find renewal from psyche’s latent spark of creative fire.
Sunset is variously depicted as the surrender, union or tension between the relatively fixed solar element and the watery changeable element, signified by the ascendance at twilight of the waxing and waning moon. Within time sunset closes the day and opens us, in the lengthening shadows, to the possibilities of a different order. There is release in that, allowing us, in the words of Roethke, “To stare into the after-light, the glitter left on the lake’s surface, / When the sun has fallen behind a wooded island.”
You can read more about the healing and metaphysical aspects of nature photography in my blog entry. To see more images of Sunsets in my fine art photography collections, please visit this gallery. If you wish to read more about water please visit my previous wallpaper post and if you want to find out all you may ever want to know about Sunsets please visit Wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunset.
February is the second month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is the shortest month and the only month with fewer than 30 days. The month has 28 days in common years and 29 days in leap years. In the Southern Hemisphere, February is the seasonal equivalent of August in the Northern Hemisphere. February starts on the same day of the week as March and November in common years, and on the same day of the week as August in leap years. February ends on the same day of the week as October every year and January in common years only. In leap years, it is the only month that ends on the same weekday it begins.
February was named after the Latin term februum, which means purification, via the purification ritual Februa held on February 15 (full moon) in the old lunar Roman calendar. January and February were the last two months to be added to the Roman calendar, since the Romans originally considered winter a monthless period.
Under the reforms that instituted the Julian calendar, leap years occurred regularly every fourth year, and in leap years February gained a 29th day. Thereafter, it remained the second month of the calendar year, meaning the order that months are displayed (January, February, March, …, December) within a year-at-a-glance calendar. Even during the Middle Ages, when the numbered Anno Domini year began on March 25 or December 25, the second month was February whenever all twelve months were displayed in order. The Gregorian calendar reforms made slight changes to the system for determining which years were leap years and thus contained a 29-day February.
Historical names for February include the Old English terms Solmonath (mud month) and Kale-monath (named for cabbage) as well as Charlemagne‘s designation Hornung. In Finnish, the month is called helmikuu, meaning “month of the pearl”; when snow melts on tree branches, it forms droplets, and as these freeze again, they are like pearls of ice. In Polish and Ukrainian, respectively, the month is called luty or лютий, meaning the month of ice or hard frost.
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