Unreal Nature

April 28, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — unrealnature @ 7:29 am

At a particular time of year, in the middle of the night a narrow beam of of full-moonlight shines through the high clerestory window above my bedroom, across and down at a steep angle and lands precisely on my sleeping head. It wakes me up. And reminds me that, clearly, I am a goddess. Either that or there is some pervert sitting on the moon with a big spyglass who likes to look at a sleeping person with her hair every which way, drooling gently into her pillow.

At other times of the year, next to the chair in which I usually am sitting at a particular time of the morning, the combination of the rising sun, the low overhang of the porch roof, and the window below and behind that roof  leaves an ever narrowing strip of sunlight right at my feet on the hardwood floor inside. When the light strip is about an inch wide, you can see it speeding down to nothingness. I always stop what I’m doing and watch it. It takes about one minute to vanish. Damn, the earth is flying round and round!

Repeatedly, in the circling of the years, there are certain times when the light comes in at particular angles through various windows and catches my attention. For example, the fuzzy string* that ties the cloth of my bird-blind to the wall to keep it taut looks like this, just for a while in the spring:


If you are a photographer, you will stop and look at that light.

Or this:


That’s light from a skylight in the bathroom, casting a shadow into the sink. Again, only a certain time of the year, late on an uncloudy day. And, again, if you are a photographer, you will stop and look — and maybe . . . probably . . . take a few snaps. Light demands worship.

*That piece of string is from my awesome ball of string:


One should always have plenty of string on hand.





  1. Magic. Made my day.

    Thank you.

    Comment by Felix Grant — April 28, 2009 @ 12:42 pm

  2. Nice photographs. (i almost said “pictures”). Apologize for lack of comments; piggy flu out there , you know.

    Comment by Dr. C. — April 29, 2009 @ 8:27 am

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