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Shots in the Dark

February 10, 2011

Afraid of the dark? Not me.

I enjoy the quiet of night and the way the blackness envelops everything, making even the commonplace more mysterious; hidden. But, I also enjoy how even the slightest introduction of light can break that dark embrace, throwing surface and form into into stark relief. Color is different at night, without the elaboration of sunlight’s expansive spectrum … appearing sometimes brighter, more saturated; other times flattened and devoid of life. If the light that breaks the darkness is a camera’s flash, viewing the night garden can feel almost voyeuristic. Maybe it’s the shadows; the darkness that outlines our subjects. Maybe it’s our familiarity with crime scene photos, hidden camera footage and tabloid paparazzi shots that cause an echeveria shot in this way to seem startled, exposed.

Enough musing, let’s get dark …


It’s too bad the above picture isn’t in motion, the wind was really up and the ponytail palm’s fronds were doing the watusi. This has the look of a tabloid photo taken outside an ‘it’ nightspot … with colorfully dressed hopefuls wondering if they’ve worn the right thing to gain them entrance.

Classicly trained

This cast iron urn’s curvalicious lines are even more pronounced when caught in the flash’s sudden intense gaze … like a past-her-prime diva, she’s a little rusty around the edges, but still cuts a classically fine figure.


Do plants share secrets with each other after dark? Some of these seem to have been caught mid-whisper as the flash went off, others caught unawares while primping.


My everyday garden objects have taken on the air of the mausoleum in the blackness … have the boundaries of the Evergreen Cemetery crossed the street and into my backyard?


Like night and day, the garden after sundown is very different … I look forward to shining a light on the experience more often.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. J.E. Nelson permalink
    February 21, 2011 6:22 pm

    So I found your great blog while researching Parrott– thanks for the informative and artistic posts and gorgeous photography– I moved here from beautiful Ventura County Coast eleven years ago and immigrated from NYC twenty years ago and still looking for marvelous art and cultural experiences and have not been disappointed! First Thursday ArtWalk is wonderful! I’m looking for more great suggestions to enjoy the beauty and culture there actually IS in the Inland Empire so will be checking your blog frequently. I have learned to like succulents also and enjoy the dramatic photographs you’ve placed.
    On a limited budget but really there is much to do in this area that feeds the soul. Thanks so much—

    • reubix1 permalink*
      February 21, 2011 6:30 pm

      Wow, thanks for the great comment and for reading — The Inland Empire gets a bad rap but it’s not all monster trucks and meth labs, as the big-city folk think … I try to demonstrate there is art and life out here and that sometimes you have to make both!

  2. AlgaRythums permalink
    October 6, 2011 3:46 pm

    Very Nice!!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 6, 2011 3:47 pm

      A little weird, but all me…

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