Yellow Light


You know what Boston drivers think about a yellow light: it means “Gun it.

I’ve fairly recently rambled about the color yellow and its variations in tone and mood, from pale tea-dyed hues to the impossibly saturated Tweety Bird.

Yellow light has a special, sparkling space in winter.  It nullifies the night by streaming, sometimes with a misty halo, from lanterns along cobblestone and brick streets.  It curls around the morning’s steel blue clouds and peeks from behind snowy branchs.  It makes a lone stranded lobster trap stand out in a sea of sepia sea grass.  It carves a path through denuded branches, contouring them with gold.  It blazes in afternoon’s last blast of sun, transforming forlorn sheets of muddy mustard seaweed into glittering ornaments along the rocky shore.

In winter, yellow no longer seems to be a call to speed up, pedal to the metal.

Slow down, savor the light.

About Stephanie

In her spare time, Stephanie works full-time, and then some, as an attorney. She has published articles and delivered talks in arcane fields like forensic evidentiary issues, jury instructions, and expert scientific witness preparation. She also is an adjunct professor at a law school on the banks of the Charles and loves that dirty water, as she will always think of Boston as her home. You are welcome to take a look at her Facebook author page, or follow @SMartinGlennon on Twitter. All content on this blog, unless otherwise attributed, is (c) 2012-2020 by Stephanie M. Glennon and should not be reproduced (in any form other than re-blogging in accordance with Wordpress protocol and the numerous other wee buttons at the bottom of each post) without the express permission of the domain holder.
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13 Responses to Yellow Light

  1. Allan G. Smorra says:

    I know what you mean about Boston drivers (a fearless breed). These photos are wonderful and your narrative weaves them together to form a warm hug on a cold winter’s day.

  2. ann martin says:

    Beautiful words and images. Thank you for making yellow light and winter so interesting (it’s almost winter). AM

  3. quarksire says:

    happy holidaze 2 u 😎

  4. mariaholm says:

    Beautiful pictures! Maybe the one with the lamp and the building is from Boston?

  5. Some lovely pictures – my favourite is the last one.

  6. Amy says:

    Gorgeous yellow light captures. Merry Christmas to you, Stephanie!

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  8. Leya says:

    Beautiful skies and beautiful words. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  9. You have SUCH beautiful pictures!!! I never looked at Boston through your eyes before. I’ll head out and catch some light just to appreciate the beauty you’ve captured.

  10. gaiainaction says:

    Beautiful images, lovely blog, happy to follow you, thank you.

  11. Touch2Touch says:

    Oh my, these are wonderful. Mellow, quietly radiant — somehow winter in Western MA doesn’t seem to give us this warmth of yellow, though. More like chilly grey — and never yellow at all!
    I’ll have to look harder now —

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