Saturday, June 4, 2011

For a limited time only

Every year at this time the earth comes around to a certain point that makes the setting sun cast a dramatic light on the chapel wall.
Here it looks like the horn of light is devouring the icon!
The sun is entering through a partly-opened round window.
Eleven days later it looks slightly different.
It is a matter of May 30 at 5:55 pm compared to June 10 at 6:34 pm for these two photos.
This summer seasonal play of light and shadow is for Summer Stock Sunday, which Robin here in Israel is starting up again tonight, and for Tracy's Shadow Shot Sunday .


Reader Wil said...

It's interesting to see the sunlight moving in another direction. Now I must think of Stonehenge and how clever the builders of Stonehenge were to create a structure where the sunlight is to be seen between two stone pillars each year on the summer solstice on June 21st.

cieldequimper said...

Light, life... Marvellous.

Petrea Burchard said...

My mind goes directly to Stonehenge, as did Reader Wil's. It seems clear why early people built such things.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

"a horn of light"

What a marvelous description for an intriguing shadow!


Come here, my shadow,
Do not delay;
Be my companion,
Show me the way;
Teach me your secrets,
Chant as we go
Of light and darkness—
Make my heart glow!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Shadows here and here

Dina said...

Shalom friends. Stonehenge, eh? hmm . . .

MM Teacher, well, they do look like horns sort of. I must have been influenced by the Hebrew "keren or," which means a ray of light, but keren can also mean horn. You know, the old translation mistake that made sculptors give Moses horns on his head.

whizkid said...

!! that is such an amazing scene. thanks for sharing :)

Robin said...

Yay, you're this year's very first Summer Stock participant - you even beat me (mine goes live in an hour and a half) :)!

Such an evocative effect. My mind went to Newgrange, an incredible 5,000 year old passage tomb in Ireland, designed so that the sun penetrates only an hour a year, precisely at the Winter Solstice. Truly incredible.

See you at Summer Stock everyone!

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Dina said...

Shalom whizkid, I enjoyed getting to know your blog just now. Nice!

Robin, yes, I remember your post on Newgrange. Everyone should see it.
What a totally awesome ancient place!
Yes, thanks for doing your summer meme again. I'll look for the linky later.

Ms. Burrito said...

So beautiful!!

Can I invite you to join the meme I just launched? It is called Color Connection, you can just post anything with color of your choice. Hope you can join the fun. Thank you!

Rayna Eliana said...

Stunningly lovely. The same occurrence happens in NYC, and one can see the splendid lightness and darkness down the streets, cradling them in light.

MyMaracas said...

My first thought was DaVinci Code, a mysterious clue that happens only once a year. Lovely.

Kay L. Davies said...

Wonderful, Dina.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Irina said...

That ancient people new something about math and architecture for sure. ))
Amazing photostory.

Anonymous said...

makes one wonder, whether it might be possible, that light knows something, is something more, has a life on its own.

thank you for your effort. please have a good sunday.

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Beautiful horns of light, Dina. I did know that about "keren" and the painting of Moses with horns having read it somewhere in the past decade.

In this modern world of ours, we don't seem to pay such close attention to the sun, moon and stars like the ancients did. But it still fascinates whenever we do notice their movements progressing over the seasons.

maryt/theteach said...

Excellent summer shot, Dina! I've posted my Summer Stock Sunday post too!

Hey Harriet said...

Love your horn of light! You find the most interesting images! Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

Ann said...

I really like this. This kind of thing is fascinating.

hip-chick said...

It seems so natural to me that they would have known how to capture the light when they built their chapels. It's so cool.

VP said...

I am always fascinated by these 'events'!
So enlightened is the same as horned?

Birdman said...

Wow! The magic of light displayed here.

SouthLakesMom said...

So cool! I think the ancients, who had fewer distractions (but not a lot more time as everything took longer to do!), actually observed natural phenomena more and capitalized on it better than we do.

And they did this all without computer projections! Wow!

Nice photo~

Spiderdama said...

Magic! Great light and an interesting photo. Looks like a double moon.

Happy Sunday!

Dina said...

Actually the Bible used a verb to say that on Mt. Sinai the face of Moses became radiant: karnu panav.
But some old translator, I think maybe for the King James Bible, must have taken the root K-R-N to mean its other meaning: horn , in Hebrew, keren. So it became something like "horns sprouted from Moses' face." And from that mistaken translation came the mistaken statues of Moses.
Some still thinks
that Jews have horns.

Mama Pajama said...

cool sunshiny shape!

Ms. Becky said...

I love your horn of light Dina. I'm intrigued by the differing position of the light pattern. the light is so bright, it's magical. great shot Dina. I hope you have a beautiful week.