step back

and look. then step close. and look. often there are several things going on in a flower. as i walk up to it in the garden i see one look. and i am drawn to it. as i get closer the change in proximity change the look. visually the flower resolves into a different look. walking into most daylily gardens at distance the oranges and yellows stand out. walk in a few steps and the purples and reds come into perception. then the whites and other shades work their way to visual presence. step even closer and details of edges and eyes work their way to the surface. up close all sorts of details reveal themselves. this is true of all elements of nature. it would take too many flowers to do this here. and it would still be a poor duplication. try to sense it the next time you encounter a garden or any other natural phenomenon. we can try it in a small way here with one flower. looking at it across the room i see a purple, a lavender flower. stepping closer i see what i take to be a white center. stepping even closer i see it is not just a white center. it is more complex even if my senses first and over whelmingly see white. upon closer observation, yes closer, there is a rainbow like area. an area where there is no clear line where on hue stops and another starts. purple evolves to lavender evolves to the faintest hue of lavender evolves to the softest cream evolves to the softest faintest blush of yellow evolves to a faint shade of butter. no coma no line no warning of the next hue only a gentle fog that takes you from one spectrum to another…

9 thoughts on “step back

    1. John Hric Post author

      Nature is full of photo bombers. If they were not successful they would not be here and there. And believe it or not it is not hurting the flower.

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  1. Gradmama2011

    pretty flower. what’s a photo bomber? The fly doesn’t seem to bother the flower, it’s the assorted other bugs that chomp on the petals. There’s a lot to see in nature, so much goes on that we never see, though.

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    1. John Hric Post author

      Photo bomber is a social media type term – someone or something that sneaks into the picture usually at the wrong moment. Agreed there is much we do not see in nature. Glad you like the flower.

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  2. niasunset

    This must be the philosophy of looking and seeing… so beautiful explanations dear John, racing with your photographs too. Thank you, Love, nia

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    1. John Hric Post author

      Perspective does change along with changes in light, angle, and distance much like your images of ships out on the sea. Have a lovely day nia. Thank you too.

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