Seeing this Equisetum glowing, lit by the afternoon sun, made me think of how important the proper lighting is to how we experience things. Had it not been backlit like that, I probably would have wandered right by it. As it was, I screeched to a halt, turned around, and ran for my camera.
Foliage or flower makes no difference. Once you’ve seen it presented like this, you kind of want to see it like that again… no? I know I do. Well placed light can elevate the mundane to the sublime, and rarely is that more true than in a garden.
A long time ago, I worked for a place that designed Aquariums for cities around the world. I remember working on a particular Sea otter tank. Our goal was to create the otters’ favorite place in a place where they could be seen by the public. If we were to have created these gunnite rock formations in such a way that their favorite hangout was out of sight of visitors, we would have failed. In a sense, this thinking could – and should – be applied to creating gardens too. To so many of us, the enjoyment of a garden is relegated to specific times – like early morning, or after work. Garden designers talk a lot about seasonality, and year-round appeal, but wouldn’t it be great if in addition to that, more designers would strive to place the most dramatic light catchers in places where their most vivid displays would correlate to the times they would actually be enjoyed? Granted, it would involve more research and time spent on-site than most of us usually get, and certainly a more in-depth knowledge of the end-users habits, but still… It’s a beautiful thought, isn’t it?