Finding the Light

Often when I’m walking in the woods near our home, I’m struck by the light filtering through leaves, hitting the trunks of trees, or the water, a heron perched on a log, or a rocky cliff on a distant shore. I sometimes take pictures at such moments and this week I’ve started an online photography class. Photography, the study of light.

find the light

Sometimes it’s easy to find the light. Sometimes it’s more of a challenge. But given how light can make us feel and show us what’s beautiful, maybe it’s important that we continue our search, no matter how dark the days, and how long the nights.

In these days of shorter days and longer nights, may the light be with you!

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

Kathy Stinson


  1. Joy @ Joyfully Green on October 14, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Lovely thoughts and image to go with them, Kathy!

    • Kathy on October 14, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Joy. I'm very much enjoying your Nature Photography E-Course.

  2. Jenn on October 14, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Beautiful, Kathy. And timely.

  3. Kathy Stinson on October 14, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Jenn, I hope you just mean because of the season, but either way, I'm glad this was a good post for you this week. If needed, it comes with hugs.

  4. Caroline Pignat on October 14, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    … and also with you! So beautiful!

  5. Sarah Emsley on October 14, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Gorgeous photo, Kathy, and I love what you say about the importance of searching for the light. (P.S. I also love The Man with the Violin, and Red is Best, in both English and French.)

  6. Kathy on October 15, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Thanks, Sarah. Fun to be sharing Joy's e-class with a fan. I'm going to have to look into your writing too. I've passed along a link to your site to my sister, who recently finished reading Wharton's The Age of Innocence. 🙂

  7. Sarah Emsley on October 15, 2015 at 2:31 am

    Thanks, Kathy. The Age of Innocence is one of my favourite Wharton novels, along with The Custom of the Country and Summer. I'd be interested to hear what your sister thinks of it. Have you seen Joy's blog post and gorgeous photos (no surprise there!) from her visit to Edith Wharton's house The Mount?

  8. Kathy Stinson on October 15, 2015 at 8:21 am

    I haven't, Sarah. Less time for the class work and associated reading today, but I will have to look up that post. I see that my sister gave The Age of Innocence only 3 stars, so I guess she wasn't quite as enthusiastic about it as you are. I'll have to reacquaint myself with Wharton's work, and Austen's. It's been a while!

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