Much of the residential parts of mid-town Toronto is rows and rows of red brick semi-detached houses, two and three storeys. They're mostly pretty plain, especially from the back, which is what most of us see a lot of in the summertime -- long rows of red brick walls.
There is a moment in the evenings, though, no more than ten minutes, when those walls suddenly begin to glow, as if they were lit from the inside. If you just sit and watch the walls, you can see that glow becoming more and more intense.
I suppose something similar may happen in the winter months, but I never notice it then. For some reason, the light at dusk in the summer is different, and the very bricks seem to like it. :wink:
For the first time this year I noticed the gloaming last evening (I'm slow, though -- others have probably noticed before). It started just before 9 p.m. and ended just after. I think the sign that it's going to happen is that any wispy clouds about will slowly be tinted pink -- that's the time to watch the bricks.