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Illumination a Word for Wednesday on Thursday

My interpretation of the word “Illumination” when applied to my garden – linked up to Donna’s “Word for Wednesday“.


I see different things at different times of day. At night I see the fairy lights in the tree lighting up parts of the garden that is pleasing to my eye, a few up-lights highlight the Bird Bath Bed and warm outdoor lights on the back patio highlight the back garden in a way that makes it a great space to while away the time with friends over a glass of wine (or two!).

In the morning I see the first rays of the sun kiss the dew laden foliage and buds and by mid afternoon (I’ve learnt!) its no good attempting to take photographs. Although my eye loves the vibrant colours of the flowers and leaves at noon, much like my ageing visage looks in bright sunlight, the camera doesn’t lie and the beautiful blooms and plants look washed out and tired.

But then at dusk it all comes alive again with the suns softer rays casting delightful light onto my beloved garden and everything looks beautiful and most pleasing to my eye…

[one_half]Light dancing on JasmineThe light dancing on Jasmine[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Bright light on FestucaBright light on Festuca[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Harsh light not great for bloomsHarsh light not great for blooms[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Light brightens a dark and gloomy cornerLight brightens a dark and gloomy corner[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Perfect light enhances the colour of someLight enhances the colours of some[/one_half]

[one_half_last]… and no light is better for others... and no light is better for others[/one_half_last]

[one_half]A “lucky shot” grass is IlluminatedA "lucky shot" grass is Illuminated[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Kissed by dew and morning lightKissed by dew and morning light[/one_half_last]

Donna of Garden Walk Garden Talk is hosting a new meme called Word for Wednesday. Each Wednesday a new word is defined. This week it is illumination. Join and see other inspiring gardens full of light.

Next weeks “Word for Wednesday” is Repose. Any Ideas?

Happy Gardening

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

11 replies on “Illumination a Word for Wednesday on Thursday”

Your pictures are lovely interpretations of Donna’s theme. As you point out, light has different qualities depending on the time of day and some parts of the day are better for photography than others. I especially like the soft colors of your freesia.Have a great weekend Christine!

What a wonderful word and an “illuminating” way of describing it! I love this Word for Wednesday!! The lighting is all important as we find out by trial and error. You hit the nail on the head!! Lovely photos and I love the Festuca ….so beautiful! 🙂

I too love the different times of day. When I was working with publishers, it would always amuse me the shock that gardeners would display when told the photographer would arrive at dawn. Of course they would arrive then, it is the perfect time to catch the true colours and nuances. And every good gardener should be up at dawn!

Gorgeous images! Even the title is illuminating! Altho’ I read the tips in GA, I didn’t take any action and I have forgotten by now how it was done. I am sure you know a lot about light. You produced the award winning lily.

My gosh did you do a great job, Christine. Your title is wonderful and I am glad it was something learned and used from GA. Your photos have much character and distinction with the pretty lighting. It is funny how everybody picking up a camera has to learn by trial about mid day and bright afternoon sun. We see everything we want to picture, but when it hits the computer, we see how flat or washed out they look, not at all what we remember. With my job, sometimes that is the only times that I can get an image I need on a job. I do use filters in these instances, but it still does not come close to the real thing. Thank you so much for participating in Word for Wednesday. You have a post that I hope many see.

wow, thanks Donna, that’s very sweet of you. although I struggled a bit to get going with this meme, I thoroughly enjoyed doing it and look forward to the next! thanks for coming up with a great one.

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