In the forest of light and shadows...a deer materializes

In the forest of light and shadows...a deer materializes

This morning I opened the door and walked outside just after 8 a.m.  Let the feet meander where they wanted to go.  Which proved to be down the ravine behind the house, up the steep hill and off into the woods.

I walked slowly, breathing in the morning air and light and interplay of shadows when suddenly a comment by Susan (from our conversation yesterday at the Aura Jamboree) penetrated awareness.

She said, “I am loving photography and taking pictures.  Because of the light.”

The light? 

Yes, yes, I nodded, pretending to know what she meant.  It seems like two or three people have uttered that same sentence this year.  I, however, in my beginning photography efforts, have remained oblivious to light.  It might be happening, but the awareness remained on some other level.

Until this morning.

Suddenly…everywhere in the early morning…light swayed through the trees.  Shadows danced on logs.  Light illuminated.  It softened.  It expressed.  It had its way with whatever in touched.  Oh my, oh my!  Light!!

Sun illuminates fern

Sun illuminates fern

Perhaps it’s because the sun was actually shining this morning after an absence.  Absence doth make the heart grow fonder, so they say.  Perhaps it’s because I was walking in the early morning hours when the light illuminates so fantastically.  They also say evening casts the most interesting light and shadows, as well, and people urge beginning photographers to catch the early or late light.

Not that any of this advice penetrated until this morning.

Fungus shines

Fungus shines

Then the camera couldn’t stop snapping pictures.  Dozens, dozens, dozens of photos of the Dance of Light.  And realizing that it’s not simply an easy matter to figure out how to “use” light.  I don’t suppose we actually “use” light…but how to work with it.  To bend to the interplay.  To know when to tease shadow to the forefront, and when that simply deadens the subject. 

You could study this for a hundred years! 

Daisy in shadow.

Daisy in shadow.

It’s funny how you can be so absorbed in noticing things like light and shadow that you hardly even remember where you might be.

Just look at the light and shadow on that sign!

Just look at the light and shadow on that sign!

So much more happened on this walk I could write three more blogs about it.  Instead, let’s fast-forward two hours until re-tracing my steps up to our lawn. 

Light and shadow shimmer on the morning grass

Light and shadow shimmer on the morning grass

Here is my advice to all readers.  Get up as early as you can one of these days.  When the sun arcs above the horizon and illuminates the world.  Explore it.  Notice the flickering light and the amazing shadows.  Perhaps even bring your camera and capture some images. 

Let there be light.  And shadow as well.  And may we truly open our eyes to see them!  🙂

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