PHOTO: Concord at night
The New Hampshire Historical Society building at 30 Park Street.
Dusk July 2013
The back of 5 South State Street in Concord.
Clouds at dusk on Main Street.
The inner area of the old State Hospital building off of Pleasant Street with bars still on the windows.
The State Capitol building during a thunderstorm last September.
Long after state workers have emptied out and residents have nestled their cars into driveways, then and only then, does Concord take on the quality of a town rather than a capital city.
Dusk approaches. The noises are softer and the echoes longer. The upcoming evening changes everything.
Quieter as the light fades. The remaining sunlight grows warmer and sometimes, deep dark red. The ambient blue shade in the West turns deeper and grows ever darker. Blue turns to black.
Then the streets become serene paths, only interrupted by passing headlights. The shadows become harsher. The street lamps become the source of light in the final night sky. Strangers pass in silence, rarely a greeting.
The buildings, so busy by day, now become silent monuments. A history rich in New England culture, structures covered in new veneer of a place trying to move forward from its past. But night invites a different look, down blackened, mysterious pathways of discovery. The darkness invites a look that the light hides.
Silence welcomes a different pace, with time to search.