Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The New York Sun

How can it be that the sun so often shines so brightly and so strikingly in New York City? As a longtime resident of New Mexico, where the sun burns brilliantly much of the time, I never expected to live in a place on the East Coast where the sun was similarly appealing. Perhaps it is the water that is all around us that seems to make the sunlight brighter in New York. Maybe it is all the wonderful tall buildings with their transparent high windows that reflect the sun with such power. The light in New York City really does have a special quality, not just of brightness, but of breadth; it seems to spread out and reach more parts of the city than you would expect, particularly given all the places the light cannot reach. I don't know what it is, but I do know it is a remarkable, even an ethereal light that brings joy and wonder almost every time it beams. The sun may not shine as often as we would like, but when it does, it almost always has an unmistakably magnificent quality that makes each sunny day all the more remarkable.

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