Monday, December 21, 2009

Lumiere

If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Did you know that the theory behind neon sign technology dates back to 1675 before the age of electricity, when French astronomer Jean Picard noticed a faint glow in a mercury barometer tube. When the tube was shaken a glow called barometric light occurred. The cause of barometric light was not understood, but it was investigated. Later, when the principles of electricity were discovered, scientists were able to move forward towards the invention of many forms of lighting.

Lumiere in the Forest

Candle Abre

Let us make a toast and celebrate the lighter nights.

The word in French to lighten up a room is éclairant

The French word for mercury is mercure

4 comments:

LadyFi said...

Lovely light in the photo! Today is the shortest day - so now it's turning and the days will start getting shorter! Hurray!

French Fancy said...

This was so interesting and I loved your play on words with the title of this outstanding photo.

I wonder why the choux pastry delicious morsel is called an eclair - maybe because of its lightness?

Carol said...

*sigh* You have such a lovely way with words you know!! (and your pretty good with a camera too!!)

C x

Blu said...

LadyFi Hurray...indeed, Choux pasty is very light yet makes you so heavy.

Thank you Carol xx