Peach sky this morning, the sun reflecting on downy frost. The meadow bare and frozen again after the snowfall last week. Here in the northern hemisphere we are careening toward the darkest time of the year. Everywhere there are lights to help ward off the darkness – both artificial and natural. The moon has been full and bright, and at its fullest a few days ago the ground was covered with a blanket of white – so that even a recent late night drive was illuminated by moonshine, snow-laden tree boughs helping to define the twists and turns in the road. Lights were lit on trees and houses and in doorways, making a routine night drive a bright delight. Today is Lucia day, a day to celebrate the return of the light – and though we are a long way from mid-summer – it is a reminder to keep our eyes open to the light – even in the darkest time.