Feeling Blue

August 01, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

The "blue hour" is a favorite time of day for photographers. After sunset, when most people assume it's too dark to capture a good photo with available light, long exposures of the sky result in a beautiful, deep blue. At the cusp of the the blue hour before the blue deepens, this rich color can be encouraged by exposing for a lit subject in the foreground, which leaves the sky underexposed--as I did in this photo of Trey Fleming. I view the blue hour is a sort of gift to photographers, ushered in by darkness, when after a day of blazing natural light there is yet one more surprise for those who are patient. I was certainly surprised by the richness of the blue that appeared in this image. To the naked eye, the sky still looked grey--not blue.

I wonder...are we watching for and embracing the blue hours of life? If we look beyond the darkness, welcome surprises often await. Storm clouds can have silver linings. Good can result from evil. In some faith traditions, death can lead to life. Maybe it's because I'm feeling a bit burned-out and melancholy as I write this, but as I think about the blue hour, I'm reminded of one of my favorite hymns, "Borning Cry" by John Ylvisaker. This simple but rich song tells a beautiful story about God's constant presence with us through life, through death, and into a subsequent surprise. Maybe a divine blue hour! The final verse: 

In the middle ages of your life,
not too old, no longer young,
I'll be there to guide you through the night,
complete what I've begun.
When the evening gently closes in,
and you shut your weary eyes,
I'll be there as I have always been
with just one more surprise.
 

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