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Palm Poetry

Just after taking the shot of the dung beetle in the previous post, I turned around and noticed this scene. I’ve learned over time that this sort of picture is not everyone’s cup of tea: it doesn’t depict a particularly interesting place, thing or event. But, I absolutely love this sort of thing!

There’s a certain poetry in the way the elements combine at a very particular moment: the way the sun shines through the leaves of the riverside trees, bathing the scene in a pool of warm afternoon light; the way the palm fronds cast their long linear shadows into the pool of light; the way the shadows reflect the blue sky resulting in a palette of complementary blues, greens and yellows. And, it was all over in a few minutes: I took a few shots, looked up at some baboons grazing further up the river bed and, when I looked back, the palm was in shadow and the light was gone.

For me, these are “aesthetic moments”. They are the visual equivalent of stopping to smell the roses.

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5 Comments

  1. tom says:

    Lovely light. I like this kind of shots as well.

    PS: Thanks for your hint regarding the comment color in my blog. I’ll change it.

  2. george says:

    Colourful and elegant simplicity…and I love the shadow!

  3. Adrian says:

    Thanks, glad others share my appreciation!

  4. I love this kind of pictures, but I find it difficult to create them myself.

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