there at our homing: the eve of the day
Posted by adiamondinsunlight on August 14, 2007
I love the early evening – I love the “day is done” feeling – and I love the early evening in Lebanon because the light is so wonderful. The late-day sun catches the warm yellows of the traditionally painted buildings and makes ordinary reality appear warmer, brighter, better than it does under the hard noon-day sun.
(I increased the contrast 46% on this photograph, and decreased the brightness by 4%, but the color changes only heighten the mood, rather than altering it.)
Today the end-of-day feeling has an even sweeter flavor. Tomorrow is a holiday – Eid al-Saydet, the Feast of the Assumption, a Catholic holiday that celebrates Mary’s bodily assumption into heaven.
For me, Assumption is a particularly special holiday, as it brings back fond memories of a Sunday afternoon I spent with Owlfish, grading the final exams of Abu Owlfish’s Art History 101 students. A painting of the Assumption was among the IDs, which one good-humored if poorly prepared student identified as “Mary’s getting carted off to heaven”. I doubt the Maronites here would be as amused as we were.