A recent Friday evening found me in the garden of a dear friend for happy hour and the light was illuminating her garden beautifully.
This lantern sits on a rock ledge under the dappled light of a Japanese Maple. She has planted Foxtail ferns and hydrangea in the bed along with the maple. Another hydrangea is planted on the other side of the wall.
Her white and purple Bearded Iris were in full bloom and caught the last bit of slanting light in their petals. They eagerly soaked it in and as I looked through the view finder my heart was so joyful. I quickly showed her the photograph on the screen and we both reveled in the extravagant grandeur of a simple flower.
A nicely chilled bottle of wine was the perfect way for old friends to enjoy the waning light of the day. Lots of laughter, superb wine and a luminescent garden...the perfect end to a long week.
In my own garden this week the light has been most fascinating as it plays with the wisps of Mexican Feather grass.
We've had high winds these past few days and the feather grass dances on the breeze and playfully tangles with the daylilies.
Gardening Gone Wild is hosting the Picture This Photo Contest this month and the topic is "Let's Talk About Light." Rob Cardillo is judging and he completely captures the imagination as he talks about the quality of light and how garden photographers can interpret mood and feeling by using light in their photographs. Visit Gardening Gone Wild and discover how to become a better light painter. His post is not only very helpful but you'll get to enjoy his inspiring photography as well.
The purple Bearded Iris is my entry for the Picture This Photo Contest.