What is it about sunshine that's kind of...mystical? On days when the sun is shining, it makes you want to be outside, breath the air, walk in the grass, stare at the water. Or just sit and close your eyes. Or have an ice cream cone or a glass of wine. Maybe that last parts just me. And maybe the rain makes me want that too.
But seriously, the sun makes things better, prettier, happier, brighter. Is it scientific? Something to do with Vitamin D or reflective light or photosynthesis feeding the plants and making them bloom and therefore making everything colorful? Or maybe it's simpler than that. Maybe it just makes things sparkly and warm and that's pleasing. Take this photo. Watering my tomato babies last summer. But look how beautiful and magical! Sun and water. Go figure.
This was on a hike by our house. I use the term "hike" loosely because I don't really hike. I have hiking boots. They are Smith and quite intense looking. But if the incline is too steep or the duration is longer than 2 miles round trip, I say no thank you. Or we better be packing some sort of meal. Lucky for me, scenes like this on are only about 2 minutes from my kitchen. Just my kind of hike.
Okay this one I can take virtually no credit for. Honestly, it was all the sun. I looked out my living room window, and the road looked like this at 7:30 in the morning. So I ran outside and snapped. I'm beginning to think shadows are mystical as well. But look at that haze...it's one of my favorite shots.
Brother ponders life in the sunshine. And by life, I mean football. Or what I'm going to cook him for dinner. Or the most recent episode of Curb. Or who is pitching for the Yankees tonight. Or maybe why his sister keep taking pictures of him. Most likely, it's the last one.
The sun also has marvelous effects on photo subjects. Like this one.
Sun in the eye + husband on honeymoon completely unaware of his picture being taken + beautiful Montana = my all time favorite photograph. I could just sit and stare at it all day and be content.
Thank you, sunshine, for working your magic. Keep it up. Preferably, all the way through next winter. No one will mind if it stays Spring weather. Okay, thank you.