Into the Woods

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“Forest light is worth observing.  There is the obvious photographer’s favourite of sunlight shafts illuminating the morning mist. But there are various subtleties. We might come across, in the dimness, a sudden torrent of light.  Here there is a suffused dewy dribbling of light; there a dance of light as the canopy moves in the wind; or again there may be flickering swarms of light.  Then there are the sudden revelations: when probing light kindles a spider web into iridescence; or gleams through translucent leaves, or sets a bank of foxgloves ablaze.  There is a sparkle and a shimmer on wet branch and frond; lambent light on pools. There is mystery to of the seemingly inner light in the dimmest places: the luminescence of lichens; the radiance of tree-stump moss. There is a feast of such simple pleasures for those with eyes to see and time to relax and enjoy.”

The Bliss of Solitude
John Wyatt


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