Dawn and Immanence

These are pictures of a hay meadow taken on my morning walk, leading up to 7am. Since I am a set-on-auto/point/click sort of photographer, they do make the land look rather dark, which it wasn’t, of course, because it was light long before the sun peeked over the horizon.

Slightly more obvious that it’s light when I’m not pointing directly at the sun.

Theoretically this was period of twilight or dusk leading up to sunrise. The same terms applied to the period after sunset. But twilight always suggests a dimness, light fading, or just growing, and that only applies to the very start or end of the period when the sun is out of sight but its light is there, but colours are bleached out. Twilight should be confined to that really awkward period when really stupid drivers in grey or dusty cars think they can still see well enough to drive, so they don’t switch their lights on, with the result that you don’t see them until they’re almost on you.

A far better term for that period of light, when colours are clear but the sun is not yet or no longer in the sky, would be Immanence. Not imminent, meaning close or soon, but immanent, used as religious people use it when referring to God – not just transcendent, above and beyond, but immanent, all around, felt but not seen.

5 thoughts on “Dawn and Immanence

  1. Saw the title and looked up ‘immanence’. Should have waited until the end! It’s a great use of the word, though. I wonder if I can slip it casually into conversation tomorrow… Love the photos. πŸ™‚

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    1. Don’t tell me the dictionary definition is something completely different. I only equate it with “Religious Studies: Philosophy of Religion”, at Aberystwyth University in 1973 (best choice I ever made).


  2. Well, there’s this one:
    The doctrine or theory of immanence holds that the divine encompasses or is manifested in the material world. It is held by some philosophical and …
    Or the more encompassing:
    Immanence definition, the state of being inherent or exclusively existing within something: β€œPlace” is a fundamental concept; it has evaded theorizing ..
    Or the Cambridge dictionary (with handy examples):
    the state of being present as a natural and permanent part of something:
    The immanence of religion is reflected in the music, much of which is based on Buddhist chants.
    They recorded their daily activities with a peculiar sense of immanence.

    I live and learn. πŸ™‚


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