One Word Photo Challenge: Rainbow

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The spectrum of visible life dances in different wavelengths, and at different speeds, on its journey to our eyes.

All clear light at Source, its dance leads it through refraction, and against reflection, giving us the kaleidoscopic illusion of hundreds of colors when the light finally reaches us.


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Living plants do wonderful things to light as they absorb this bit, reflect that, and allow the rest to pass right through leaf and petal in a warm glow of color.

Sometimes their colors appear as a waxy shine, other times deep and velvety.  Sometimes rough and dull.

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Variation upon variation is born to the endless delight of gardening addicts everywhere.

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As we surround ourselves with  leafy greenness, we seek the other colors of the rainbow in golden yellow stamens; red leaves; orange fruits and petals; and blue and violet flowers.

Every band of the rainbow dances in the garden.

And this grouping of pots supports them all.

Words and Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014

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With appreciation to Jennifer Nichole Wells for her One Word Photo Challenge:  Rainbow


About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

8 responses to “One Word Photo Challenge: Rainbow

  1. Pingback: One Word Photo Challenge: Aqua | Jennifer Nichole Wells

  2. Beautiful as always. Love how wonderfully you speak about your plants. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Great post – you clearly rose to the challenge! I love what you had to share about light – we so rarely really think that all the colors that we see are an illusion of sorts, the bending and refracting of light as interpreted by our eyes.

  4. Rainbow of colors, absolutely beautiful!! 🙂 Love all the containers, I have a lot of containers too, on the deck, front porch, etc… I just checked and your special package is on the FedEx truck to be delivered today!! Let me know when it arrives 🙂

    • That is wonderful, Michael! I’m looking forward to it and will let you know when it comes. A beautiful cool day for a delivery, and I should be able to work with the Hostas immediately. Thank you for the kind words on the containers 😉 Some of the little peppers are orange on the way to turning red, but none were at that stage when I took the photo. I’ll photograph them again later when there are orange ones again. Did you see the tiny purple peppers on the other plant? We are enjoying several varieties of ornamental peppers this season 😉 Will shoot you an email when the Fed Ex truck arrives, WG

      • Great… I made a new plant for your iris last night, they look great. We had rain last night so we have cool weather today as well. Suppose to get more rain this weekend, just hope it is not a gully washer. I did see the ornamental peppers. I hope FedEx hasn’t roughed up the plants too much!! 🙂

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