Ouachita Mountains, Arkansas, USA
Watercolor effect applied in post processing
Canon EOS 30D DSLR; 50-200 mm f/2.8 L; 1 60 of a sec.; F/2.8; ISO Rating 100; Focal Length
70 mm; No tripod – braced on car window.
I am so facinated by the backlighting of autumn leaves. When I see the way they glow in the sunlight I think of Tiffany Lamps, stained-glass windows, and Chinese rice paper lanterns. I have fond memories of making stained glass windows in grade school with colored tissue paper, and how exciting it was when the teacher hung them up on windows, and all the children’s faces lit up with excitement as we gazed at the colored light pouring in.
As humans, we are limited to viewing color and light in the visible spectrum. There are other spectrums we have discovered and are aware of that can sometimes be viewed with special equipment. Infared, ultraviolet, x-rays, gamma rays, etc. It amazes me to immagine what other colors and light may be visible if we were not limited by the parameters of our human capabilities. What is out there to be discovered?
The color of anything depends on the type of light sent to our eyes; light is necessary if we are to have any perception of color at all. An object is “colored,” as stated above, because of the light it reflects—all other colors are absorbed into that specific object. So then, an apple appears red because it reflects red light.
White light from the sun contains all the possible color variations. Yet, the human eye can only respond to certain colors and wavelengths, and not everyone sees the same colors or exact same shades of a color. We are capable of seeing color because our eyes have light and color-sensitive receptors. These receptors are called rods (receptive to amounts of light) and cones (sensitive to colors). Being able to see color is a sensation, just like smelling a pie fresh out of the oven or tasting your favorite meal. Different foods smell and taste different to each person, and likewise, no color is seen exactly the same by two people, because each person’s rods and cones vary.
We must have light to see color. God created light sources that we may see all that is around us. The sun, the moon, and the stars. We are told in His word, the Bible, that Jesus is THE light. He has the power to grant us vision beyond what our eyes can see.
“Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, " I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life."
And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
II Kings 6:13-17
Prayer for Today:
Father, I confess, I spend much of my time blind to your presence. Blind to your power. Blind to your heavenly reality all around me. Please open my eyes that I may see all that you have for me today. Help me to see You and all of your vast love and resources you have available for my life. Open my eyes today, that I might get a glimpse of your presence. In the matchless name of Jesus.