River of Blue Light

River of blue light


I went back to the mountains this week.  Out for a walk in the quiet forest as the late winter afternoon light grew dim, long before I could see it I could hear the sound of the river torrent and the rapids swollen by so much recent rain.  And then as I emerged through the dense pine branches dripping with a gentle rain, a bright river of blue and white light appeared and the roar grew deafening in complete contrast to the silence of the surrounding forest…


River of light 1

River of light





About Mike Howe

I am an ecologist and a composer of guitar based instrumental melodies signed to the Real Music label in California. I like to write about my work, music and nature conservation and how it all comes together. I try not to write about things I don't know much about.
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13 Responses to River of Blue Light

  1. Your describtion with the images took me right there – and I especially love the light in the first picture.

    Happy New Year! 🙂

  2. Jo Woolf says:

    Wonderful photos, Mike – such intense blue! The first pic is especially beautiful.

  3. Interesting explanation! What a cool feeling the blue gives (and it probably was cool). I was thinking back to any time I’ve been in a place like that, how true it is that there is such a contrast from the quiet of the woods and the roaring of a creek. Really two extremes. Good point, Mike.

  4. Elina says:

    Sounds so lovely Mike! Beautiful photos! 🙂

  5. elkement says:

    There has to be a scientific explanation! And thanks to following Pairodox Farm I think know it:
    “…the filtering influence of the forest canopy also affects wavelengths of green and yellow such that the light which penetrates the canopy to reach the forest floor below is mostly in the blue end of the spectrum…”

    • Mike Howe says:

      Well blow me, I thought it was just magic 😉 Actually that’s a really interesting post and rather lovely I think, that the forest canopy filters the light so that the blue end of the spectrum remains. It certainly was the case in this forest I visited, and the remaining blue light mixed with the white light of the torrent (scientific explanation please!) was quite beautiful and provided a haunting contrast to the winter gloaming

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