Looking for the Light

I’m taking Galia Alena’s “Into the Light” course again this summer. I’ve been working in my craft room/studio, reorganizing, cleaning, decluttering (sort of), throwing away stuff this week, and have not been out with camera this week. Well, not since Saturday, anayway, when I took some family pictures for a photo album my sister-in-law is making for her parents for their sixtieth wedding anniversary.

family picture

This morning, I took the camera outside about midmorning to see what the light was doing. Of course, I was drawn to the various flowers that continue to bloom during this last month of summer. I tried to pay attention to the direction of the light and to find the angles and directions that would give me the better pictures. I kept getting distracted by the textures and the colors. Of course, I know that the quality of the light and the direction of the light affects the way I perceive color and texture. Light creates shadows, and those patterns of light and shadow create texture.

The red hibiscus is in bloom, though the purple luna hibiscus is not. The lavender crape myrtle is also still in full bloom. I loved the way the sun was hitting the flowers to create a glow at the top of the flowers. I tried to climb inside the tree for different angles, but I decided the bees could have the interior!

egret (1 of 5)

As I rounded the pond, I saw the cornfield, and again I noticed how the light shown through the yellow leaves on the stalk. As I walked around the curve, I saw a ball of brown fur with a corn stalk in its mouth. I was so busy trying to figure out what the creature was that I forgot to take a picture! It was a muskrat!

egret (2 of 5)

Then as I walked down the power line right-of-way, I noticed the golden glow of some leaves in the midst of the trees. The direction of the sun coming from the back of leaves give them a feeling of transparency.egret (3 of 5)

If I were to walk around the ponds again this evening, with the sun in the western sky rather than the eastern sky, the objects would look much different, and the textures and the play of light and shadow would be quite different.

It is the first day of September. I had thought I might participate in the October 31-days challenge, but I think I am going to try to a September 30-day photo challenge. I don’t know that I will post every day here on the blog, but I will try to take at least one image a day and make collages to represent the week. I’ll let you know how my challenge is going next week this time!

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