There are also more transitory sensory qualities. Weather conditions affect the temperature, moisture levels and light, which in turn affect the colour and texture of petals and leaves. The tilt of the Earth in relation to the Sun, affects the quality of light at different times of the year.
Today, I am focusing on light.
Light adds another dimension.
Midday sun can flatten and unify colours. The lower light at the beginning or end of the day is more gentle. It adds subtlety and softness. Fortunately it is at these times of day when I am most likely to take a walk around the garden: before or after work.
I love the deeply saturated colour on the heads of these doves, compared with their translucent backs.
When plants are backlit, we notice new details. It might be the hairiness of a stem, the creases on a petal, or the veining on a leaf.
The soft textures of this zinnia are brought out in the morning light. The outer petals have a soft down; the inner petals are feathers in a nest.
Some petals sparkle in the sun. The perfect creases in the petals of this Nicotiana are also emphasised.
Sometimes we see the outline of a plant all the more clearly.
Or the overlap of foliage.
We see bright white light, like a revelation.
As a flower unfurls, the outer petals become more translucent, like a halo of light. There are deep, dark shadows at the centre.
We notice patterns; repetition of form.
Sometimes light emphasises contrasts in form. Like the distinct arches of this rose, against the soft blobs of Phlox behind.
And sometimes the light allows us to appreciate texture. I want to sink my face into this rose.
Light makes us appreciate that we only have this moment. This will never happen quite like this, in this way, ever again.
Like standing in front of a stained glass window, or a glade in a forest with light streaming through.
Notice it, bathe in it, drink it in.
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