A thick bank of cloud was approaching from the west while rain showers passed to the northeast over the flat farmlands of Northwestern Ohio. I watched as intense spots of sunlight swept across the landscape — a dramatic contest between light and shadow.
While I love to photograph scenes of nature, I also like capturing moments from the world made by humans. Buildings and their interaction with their surrounding earth, sky, and light are favorites as are details from those buildings. Structures and surfaces of all ages can be wonderful. What struck my fancy last Friday were some beautifully-restored old buildings in the Grand Pacific Junction retail area of Olmsted Falls, Ohio. Clear morning light swept across surfaces of newer paint covering chipped surfaces of ancient siding. Decorated rooflines penetrated the deep, blue, cloudless sky overhead. A person could get lost in it.
It seems we’ve had very few sunny days of late. In fact, it has been overcast and raining an a near-daily basis for weeks. This afternoon the clouds disappeared revealing a blue sky the likes of which we haven’t seen in, well, I don’t know when. As the sun set, its last golden rays illuminated trees in full bloom outside my office window. I grabbed my little Canon G11 and dashed out the door. Tomorrow is expected to be another pleasant day. The rains return tomorrow night.
Here is a quotation I found in a beautiful essay, "Astronomy Lessons," by Anne Cushman, which appeared in the May 2008 edition of Shambhala Sun. There are so very many levels of meaning to be found in these few lines…
Within light there is darkness,
but do not try to understand that darkness.
Within darkness there is light,
but do not look for that light.
— Zen Chant, "Identity of Relative and Absolute"