I was sweeping my porch a couple of days ago when I was struck (as I so often am) by the way a particular slant of late afternoon light set our woods aglow. I laid down the broom, sat on the steps in the golden sunbeam and thought (as I so often do) about how light can transform the most ordinary things into breathtaking loveliness.
Of course, I know that’s not exactly an original thought. Neither is the idea of that pure ray of light being a metaphor for how the Light of God can transform us. But sometimes, the simplest things are the most profound.
But, anyway, I came up with the idea of seeing how much of this light beauty I could capture in just fifteen minutes, in my own ordinary yard, taking shots of ordinary subjects, on an ordinary day, with my ordinary camera. To show that you needn’t go further than your own yard to find grace and beauty and how that (and those!) we deem most common are often worthy of a second look.
Behold—the transformative power of light:
Illuminated Dogwood Leaves
Bull Thistle Down Aglow
Light Escapes Under Our Deck
Down Our Light Dappled Forest Path
More Illuminated Dogwood Leaves
Fritillary on Luminous White Snakeroot
Shining Monarch on White Snakeroot