Mind plays tricks at night

E6DBC6CB-BFB8-42A9-B38D-14D667AAECECTook a late walk yesterday and saw this.  Strange how the landscaping looks like a monster about to attack the house.  The little bit of light only shows a small shard of what is actually there in the dark and sometimes it is more upsetting than reality.

 

The full moon

What is it about the full moon that entrances people?  Why is it that madness is referred to as lunacy?  The full moon is a beautiful thing and shines over us while we dream.  Is it possible that our dreams become wilder or more tangible with the fullness of the moon cycle?  I believe they do.45184798-2AF4-4DFC-8360-781796D6F596

Pools of light

These path lights are helpful so you don’t trip over something and fall and break your neck in the dark, but they also leave layers of darkness in the air. Outside of those pools, anything can lurk and, whatever those creatures may be, they have a good view of your actions from their own pools of darkness.

Danger in every direction

When you can’t see what’s right in front of you, the threat can come from anywhere.  Whatever is out there in the dark could strike when you least expect it.  There’s nowhere to run if you don’t know where to run to and the all-enveloping darkness ensures that you can’t find your way to safety without the light.0F6FCFE2-5648-4905-8154-9FED36793151.jpeg

Light in a sea of darkness

31621580-9C33-4C40-AD48-086D8A3029AEWho knows what’s out there lurking.  As darkness encroaches all around you, the thought of what’s in the blackness swirls through your brain.  What’s even worse is that it could be so much more terrifying than anything you could imagine because you can’t see anything to calm your fears.  There could be nothing there, but the possibility that there is cannot be eliminated because the unexplainable sounds have to be coming from somewhere…or something.

Nights getting longer than the days

Each summer day has seen a tiny bit shorter than the one that preceded it with the sun setting earlier and earlier.  Soon it will be fall when the rush of nighttime into your life after work hours is inevitable.  The balance of lightness and darkness shifts andEveryone comes home in the dark.

 

Walpurgis night 2019

Tonight, April 30th, is Walpurgisnacht, also known as Witches Night.  Arriving at the halfway point in the year between the last and the next Halloween, the night was feared to be marked by witchcraft and bonfires were lit to ward off evil spirits and witches.

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Ice cold darkness

In winter, everything is frozen solid. Blades of grass are like alarm systems as the slightest footfall creates a crunching noise when someone moves. A short investigation into the source of a sound in the backyard gets more excruciating each step you take away from the warmth and safety of your house. It’s even scarier if you keep hearing the sound of footsteps and no one appears to be there. On cold winter nights, you can see your own breath in the air, but when you can’t see the breath of a stranger, it’s even more terrifying.