The photos are not relevant to the post. Darkness is not something I would or could photograph.
I find it very hard to walk in the morning when it’s dark. Well, it’s a combination of multiple factors: 1.the only proper place near my house to walk the dogs is along the canal, but for reasons beyond my comprehension, there are no lamps there 2.all other dog walkers in the neighbourhood use it as well (as it’s the only proper place to walk the dogs) 3 it seems everyone starts work at the same time and either walks their dogs or cycles to work so the path is crowded with people and dogs walking and cycling in darkness. I don’t think dogs cycle, but I might be wrong-I can’t see 4. Lily doesn’t seem to like anything she can’t see, so she barks at anything and everything 5. Brian does whatever Lily tells him to-and then some more.
My favourite morning walks need to be swapped for something else as I don’t really want Brian to learn to be a monster. The days are getting shorter, so the evening walks can also only be conducted in similar conditions. My husband walks the dogs in the afternoon – and I take them out for a short walk on my lunch break. They can access the garden all the time, so it’s not a question of them being tortured with no loo breaks. It’s a questions of principles. Work days are four walks: two long ones and two shorter ones. Now it’ll have to be three shorter ones and just one that is relatively long. One fewer possibility to learn something, to socialise properly, to be exposed to humans of all sorts. And it’s all because I’m just a human with my imperfect human vision. I see colours but I’ve lost the nocturnal vision.
To avoid accusations of being irresponsible: I do use a torch. The dogs have flashing collars. We look like Christmas trees on a parade. Still, darkness combined with overcrowding is a recipe for disaster.