appreciating the light

“The true joy of a moonlit night is something we no longer understand. Only the men of old, when there were no lights, could understand the true joy of a moonlit night.”
– Yasunari Kawabata

I took this photograph of the moon over the Hudson River early one morning when I’d woken up to get a glass of water. The light surprised and amazed me. Those of us in the 21st century take our bright nights for granted. Whether it’s turning on a lamp or watching a television or reading from a computer tablet or walking down a lit street, light comes easily whenever we want it.

Kawabata is right that I will never understand the true joy of a moonlit night. But I can certainly try.

When did you last turn out the lights?