Sunday Stills: Night

This week, while Terri Webster Schrandt continues her blogging break. I’m, once again, delighted to be hosting Sunday Stills.

Are you afraid of the night?

I know some people who are. Why? Because they have to sleep with the lights on.

I’ve tried, but I’ve never been able to convince them that the night can also bring beauty with it.

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The night can often display the beauty many don’t see

The night is never far away, not even in the daytime.

Of course, I wouldn’t dare tell those afraid of the night that it is with us every few seconds, and not only when it gets dark. Every time you blink your eyes you’re allowing the darkness, that night brings, to briefly enter your life.

You may only get a fleeting glance of the night as your eyelids close, but this kind of night is where the real, unknown creatures of the night live. And they only need a tiny amount of time to get you questioning if they are there.

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When you look into the night, is something looking back at you?

What would you do if there was something you weren’t quite sure about looking back at you during the night?

Would you approach it? What if it were asking for your help? Would you trust it and go to its aid?

There may be some unexplained shards of light at night, but are they as real as what is looking back at you? Take, for example, the eyes that were looking back at me when I took this photo.

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Always beware anything looking back at you when looking into the night.

Why should you never go looking for yourself at night?

Because, as I discovered, there is a worse kind of night. One where a living nightmare resides. This worst kind of night is the kind that hunts you down. If it finds you, it will turn itself into a horrible, grotesque zombie-clone of you.

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Beware the nighttime clone of yourself.

You may not see it in the night when it’s right up close, but it will take you with it if you have stopped believing in yourself. Never allow it to win.

Is this the most dangerous window in the world?

If you joined me for Sunday Stills last week, you might remember the window in the photo below. This window is not only hard to reach, but it’s also hazardous. As I once found out, when opening it at night, it allowed the night to invade my world.

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The night is always looking at places where it can invade and conquer the light.

That may not sound very dangerous, but remember what I said earlier about the real, unknown creatures of the night? They are always looking for ways of invading your world.

Here’s what you need to do to join this week’s Sunday Stills challenge.

Write a brand new post and share your photos, stories, poetry, or thoughts, about the night. Close your eyes for a few seconds, allow the night to come, and tell us what you see. Is it only you that can see what it contains? Was anybody, or anything else, there? Describe what you saw.

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Nightmares or beauty? What do you see when looking into the night?

If you’re brave enough, share the secrets you found when looking into or out of the night.

Link your post back to this one either by creating a pingback or by leaving a link to your post in the comments. Everyone who participates in the challenge can then check out your post.

I look forward to looking in or out of the night you are going to share with me. Have fun!

Thank you to everyone who has joined me for Sunday Stills for the last two weeks. I’ve had great fun meeting you all. Next week, Terri is back to take over hosting Sunday Stills. Click here to find out more.

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  1. I love the way you tell the story of the night in your post Hugh together with your photos. I’m afraid I missed this week’s prompt due to being away but I enjoyed reading your post immensely. I did go out into the night on Sunday and look up at the stars in the beautiful night sky and thought about it, but that’s as far as I got 🙂 #seniorsalon

    1. I was star gazing last night, Debbie. We’re getting great views of Venus and Jupiter in the nighttime skies at the moment. Was too cold to stay out for long, though. Plus, I didn’t want to bump into any zombie-clones.

  2. Love your photos, Hugh, and the way you’ve presented both the comforting and scary things about night. I never thought about night invading my day every time I blink! I was scared of the dark as a kid more than I am now, but that can change if I’m reading a scary story. Then I hear and see all sorts of things that are coming to get me!

  3. you have got me thinking now, my kids are always convinced that there is something lurking there in the dark.. often when we are trying to get them to just go to sleep – hence then their lights have to be left on.. Why are so many of us, especially children scared of the dark? maybe there is something lurking,,

    1. I guess it all boils down to not being able to see in the dark. However, I used to get far more scared of what was lurking in the day, rather than in the night, especially if nobody else could see it. Then again, I’m a writer of dark stories, so maybe it’s always been my over imagination?

  4. Ooh trust you to do something a little scary! Don’t take this the wrong way, but your selfie is really scary!! Sorry I didn’t get around to participating yesterday, I had the photo’s but then Sunday got busy 🙂

    1. You can join the challenge on any day, Sam, not just on a Sunday. Some of the entries for last week’s Sunday Stills didn’t come in until Friday. The more, the merrier, and it’s a great way of connecting with other bloggers and checking out their blogs. I’ve discovered some great new blogs since hosting the challenge. Join in when you can. There’s no rush. In fact, I joined one of the Sunday Stills challenges about three months after it had been published, just because it inspired me.

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