Skywatch – The Gloaming

I was out in the woods on Turkey Mountain the other day when it started getting dark. The sun was going down fast. I love the word “Gloaming.” An old English word with roots back to the Middle Ages. I love how people say “The Gloaming.”

Another word for the same time of day is Eventide. An even older English word from before the 12th century. It has a kind of churchy spiritual aura around it.

Whatever you call the time of day, I love being out in the woods when night comes.

Come check out Skywatch Friday with me and a bunch of other bloggers.

21 thoughts on “Skywatch – The Gloaming

  1. Carol

    love the time of day and the photos – I never really knew what gloaming meant until now – Twillight, dusk, sundown – no matter what you call it, it is a beautiful time

  2. Alana

    Glorious gloaming shots! Although I have to comment that “The Gloaming” sounds more like a horror movie title. Now, Eventide, I like that one!

  3. Peter B.

    My absolute favorite time of day. I always try to end my hikes just after sunset. I’ve never heard of the gloaming. Thanks for educating me!

  4. junie/jesh

    My favorite time is also sunset. And you captured some very beautiful moments. – But the most beautiful is near the water when you can see the sun “sink” into the sea:)
    About the keys of David on my blog: it is in Isa. 22:22 and Rev.3:7 I took me a long time to understand the concept, but it was intriguing, till I found the answer in Rev.
    It is connected to being holy and truth. If that is not a person’s mindset, you will not be given those keys, so to speak. Am not sure what you were trying to say in your reply – did you mean, you like questions more than answers?

  5. Pat

    Ye Olde English words seem extra descriptive for the sunset, don’t they? I always find those last few minutes of the sun on the horizon to be magical.

  6. Angie

    Alan – another reason that we are kindred souls. How many people do I even know that would have heard of the word “gloaming” much less use it in a post much less LIKE the word!?! You rock!

  7. Eileen


    Sunset is a lovely time, Gloaming is a new word for me. Pretty captures! I do prefer to be out of the forest before dark. Thanks for hosting. Take care, enjoy your weekend.

  8. Hazel

    I would love being in the woods too when night comes if the woods in my part of the world were as charming as yours. I like the sound of The Gloaming. Makes me want to grab a blanket and curl up in front of something ‘gloamish.’

  9. Amy Franks

    I’ve heard of that word but it sounds very old fashioned, like something you’d read in an old book. Those leaves I can imagine them crackling as you walk on them.

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