Saturday, September 3, 2011

Digital Interlude: The Nature of Light in a Forest

I have always been fascinated by the way light changes in a forest. Up in Wisconsin’s northwoods the forest can get so dark that it’s impossible to see your hand in front of your face. Light is a transverse, electromagnetic wave. Visible light is electromagnetic radiation. Because light is transitory the scenes change constantly.
At twilight the woods darken and the surface of the lake is a clean and
smooth as a sheet of glass.
If a storm blows in from the southwest I usually see a change in cloud formations.
The colors deepen and the air is still, expectant.
The sky offers up a changing pattern of color and texture.
 There is a tranquility to the northwoods at twilight that can only be experienced here,
far from town and deep in the woods and on the shore of a hidden lake.
Light reminds us of life’s fragility.
All photography copyright © 2011 by Thomas McNulty

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