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Quote of the Day: Marilynne Robinson

April 5th, 2015

“I was struck by the way the light felt that afternoon. I have paid a good deal of attention to light, but no one could begin to do it justice. There was the feeling of a weight of light–pressing the damp out the the grass and pressing the smell of sour old sap out of the boards on the porch flood and burdening even the trees a little as a late snow would do. It was the kind of light that rests on your shoulders the way a cat lies on your lap. So familiar.”

Marilynne Robinson in Gilead

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I am greatly affected by light. I find myself noticing light more than I notice just about anything else. Light is particularly important in photography and I like to use natural light as much as I can. There’s really nothing like the hour or two right before sunset. I call it the golden hour.
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While the winter light is still nice, it just doesn’t reach the intensity of the summer light. I’m really looking forward to the light this summer.

What time do you most notice the light in the garden?

3 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Marilynne Robinson”
  1. Nebraska Dave on April 5, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Susy, Happy Easter to you. I hope your day will be filled with joy and happiness. Since I’m more of a morning person, I like the morning light in the garden. During the summer days, I like to, when I can, get out to Terra Nova Gardens and watch the sun rise. The terrain is clear to the East of Terra Nova Gardens so the sun creeps up over the horizon and bathes Terra Nova Gardens in unrestricted sun until about 2pm. Then there’s a short rest from direct sun for an hour with two more hours of sun after that. Because of the big tree covered hill to the west, the sun becomes blocked about 5 or 6pm. Indirect light still allows working in the garden until almost 9pm in the summer months. I think it’s the best kind of light for gardening.

    Have a great garden light day.

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  2. Kathy on April 6, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Light is so wonderful. I love to read your post. I can feel our light increasing and changing now as Spring moves in. It is getting a little bit less sharp. My favorite is the mid summer light that diffuses everywhere. Like your quote, its sits on your shoulder and curls up in your lap. That’s so great. So looking forward to that again. And when do I notice it? I think always, any time I’m in the garden.

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  3. restless on April 8, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    I love that quote from Gilead. And I drive a MINI, too. :)

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