gathering light – grimlins

grimlins – the first or last gleams of daylight

267_Landscape_Summer-2215_©James Newton Photographs
©James Newton Photographs

Grimlins is a word I first came across in a book called ‘Outrun’ by Amy Liptrot. Using Orkney Islands dialect in places there is a glossary of terms and definitions to help out us foreigners.  The word grimlins is used to describe the midsummer night sky, which up there means not dark, an eerie light hanging over the landscape, I imagine it as not dissimilar to moonlight from a bright full moon but bluer, a bit spooky.  Other evocative images are conjured up by haar (a sea fog) and lum reekin (chimney smoke).