Ann-Christine, our challenge host this week, is inspired by “the soft glory of spring nature in my part of the world”. She lives in Sweden, a country I’ve never visited but with which I feel a kind of kindred knowledge as a resident of a northern state – Wisconsin. After a long winter, there is nothing more repeatedly astonishing as the bursting forth of delicate spring color. The leaves here are growing larger each day but have that yellow brilliance that will soon mellow into a sturdier green. Now, they accent a blue sky with a light-filled tenderness that is truly inspiring.
Here in my front yard, the apple trees and crabapple trees have finally burst into blossom. Their colors are so delicate that the midday sun gives them a rather harsh brilliance.
They are much more ethereal in the mist of a spring rain.
In my photographs, I often get a thrill from a good pop of color. I get a much deeper sense of awe from the soft color that I sometimes catch without really knowing how.
I guess the trick to this kind of soft color outside is indirect sunlight and moist air. One of the shots in the gallery above was actually taken indoors. The fern was in a conservatory greenhouse exhibit.
It’s finally Spring, though, and what I really want to do is just get outdoors into the sun and put my feet up!
Wishing you all health, safety, and ease this weekend. 🙂
Amazing, beautiful collection of colourful flowers!
Glad you enjoyed them! Beauty makes every day better. 🙂
Great use of soft lighting!
Mother Nature gets the credit, really, but thanks!
Interesting analysis of why soft and easy light makes pictures more delightful. A lovely gallery, Priscilla – and yes, let’s put our feet in the air. And have a great weekend!
Thanks, Ann-Christine, for your challenge and your compliment. Have a great weekend in your part of the world, too!
Love the soft greens in your post this week Priscilla. Lovely response
Beautiful photos – such cheerful colors!
Thank you, and I give credit to Mother Nature ultimately. 😉