Thursday, 3 June 2010

In the right light, at the right time...

 In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary
Aaron Rose

Extraordinary things can be large or small, vital or unimportant.  It all depends on how we see them at any given time. 

These are some pictures that I have taken over the last eight months, through the autumn, winter and into summer, of things that I thought were extraordinary.  Most of the opportunities came as a result of being lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.    Some were as a result of just being lucky!  I could wish that the photographs themselves showed more skill, but hopefully with practice that will improve.  The subjects of the pictures are what interested me and experimenting with the camera is always fun.

The colours on the leaf shown above, floating in water (in an old bucket in the garden) were beautiful even as it started to decay.  The leaf below was frozen in the same water later in the winter.

One or two, like the one below, are down to sheer dumb luck - being in the right place at the right time and knowing how to point and shoot.  The cloud formation changed within a minute of this picture being taken; until I saw it on the computer screen, I had really no idea of the shapes that the light made.

 Raindrops  are tantalising - I've ended up with so many little glowing blurs on a variety of objects!

Fennel is one of my favourite things in the garden.  It goes through so many transformations throughout the different seasons and the colours are gorgeous.  The plant below is just starting to grow up the old stem.

The hypericum shown below grows in a corner of the garden that is quite neglected and overgrown.  Today I noticed that the buds are just starting to form; when they open,  the flowers are yellow and when the flowers die the flower heads form berries that turn from green to red to black.  The dried leaves are very aromatic.  It never receives any care, it just reappears year after year, with its beautiful display, in a place that you have to go to specifically to see it.  It is extraordinary, in the right light or not.

And in case you're wondering, the top picture shows the handle of the metal trolley that my husband uses to move boxes.  It was sitting in our hall on a Sunday morning, when it was caught in the sunlight along with its shadow on the wall.  This has had some processing after I downloaded (saturating the colours a little).  All the other photographs here are untouched, other than being resized.


  1. All beautiful shots where you have caught the light just right. I really like the colors of the leaf in the 2nd shot.

  2. Thanks, Mark. I'm glad you like them. Thanks for stopping by :)

  3. What a lovely post and wonderful pictures! Flighty xx

  4. Thanks, Flighty - lovely to hear from you. And please keep me right if you see any mistakes regarding plant names etc :)