May I present our mutual friend, the sun!
Yes, this is nearly the same shot I posted yesterday. It has the same two friendly oak galls nestled comfortably in the crook of the oak leaf..
But the sun has sprung up and is shining glorious, brilliant light over all our 40 acres, even these two humble galls!
These two little oak galls seem to be leaning in to each other, as though to share secrets or offer comfort. Yes, anthropomorphism at its finest!
I was out at sunrise the other morning, watering the little fruit trees. These bright orange-yellow galls caught my eye. Their color is certainly enhanced by the glow of sunrise, and that is part of what caught my eye, but what I like the most is their attitude of leaning in toward each other, and the appearance of being cradled by the leaf.
The glowing, yellow-green of spring leaves – Chartreuse – The color makes me feel a glow inside. I made this shot my monitor’s desktop wallpaper so I can look at it daily.
Sun highlighting an oak leaf, still hanging on in late February.
This photo was taken Sunday, a calm, sunny, warm day. Monday the winds howled in, bringing cooler temperatures – and maybe stripping off some of these late oak leaves. I shall have to go back out and see.
Last summer (2011), it seemed so crackly dry that there couldn’t possibly be anything left worth photographing. The temperatures were also oppressively hot, not just over 100 degrees farenheit, but around 110-112 degrees, making the idea of an outdoor venture a not so inviting idea. Still, I was itching to use my camera and glad when the thought occurred to me that I could document the effects of the drought on our little bit of land. Out I ventured and immediately found beautiful light glowing through many distressed leaves and blossoms. The beauty was still there for anyone willing to wander outside looking for it :o)