People often tell me that they enjoy the light of Freiburg. That there is a unique quality to the light that is distinctive to the place. Usually I just see light without the uniqueness that others enjoy. Perhaps I am simple.
I now run around 5 kilometres three to four times a week as part of my wellbeing. It was the other day, perhaps from a ‘runners high’ that I noticed the light. My running routes purposely take me away from the busy roads and I find myself running through fields and vineyards. The weather is getting cooler and I usually am the only person walking, or running outside. In the evenings the gym near the train station is aglow with neon lights and the bobbing silhouette of men and women jogging on treadmills. Even when it is raining the grey clouds don’t always seal up the sun. Particularly in the evenings towards sun-set the light is wonderful and majestic for a few moments. There are times on my runs when I want to stop and dig out my phone so that I can snap a quick photo, but the light is so perfect for just a short time that the moment has passed before I can untangle my headphones and retrieve my phone. The photos never do any justice to the overall view.
Now the sun provides such a contrast to the grey clouds, the flocks of birds that scavenge the spilt corn, and the multi coloured vines that make the hills into a patchwork quilt of colour.
Is it from the time spent being in one place that I can now see the light in the way that others have tried to express? Or is it the pumping heart, the working legs and the distance that is more than just kilometres that has worked to open my eyes to the etherial light of Freiburg?