Perspective

September 18, 2015 goldenrod 007

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“Preconceived theories are the misfortune of painting and painters. 

Nature is the most discerning guide,

if one completely submits oneself to it;

but when it disagrees with you all is finished. 

One cannot fight nature.”

 

Claude Monet

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September 18, 2015 goldenrod 008

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“Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment.”

.

Claude Monet

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September 18, 2015 goldenrod 006

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“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand,

as if it were necessary to understand,

when it is simply necessary to love.”

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Claude Monet

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September 18, 2015 goldenrod 004

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“It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way.

So we must dig and delve unceasingly.”

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Claude Monet

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2015

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This series of photos was taken at a pullover along the Colonial Parkway near Colonial Williamsburg.  They reflect how our natural areas have already changed  in mid-September.  Even as the last of the fall perennials, like this native Goldenrod, come into bloom; our leaves are already dropping, and have been for several weeks now.  Many are fading and turning brown without showing bright color along the way. 

A period of unusually dry weather has turned our lush landscape of early summer to one showing the stress many plants are feeling. 

Still, there is beauty.  The golden sunlight of  early evening gilds  the trees as it falls lower in the sky.  As Monet observes, “One cannot fight nature.”

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September 18, 2015 goldenrod 010

 

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About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

7 responses to “Perspective

  1. “Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand,

    as if it were necessary to understand,

    when it is simply necessary to love.”

    Good one, Monsigneur!

  2. Beautiful, joyful walk with a master!

  3. Monet had things figured out, didn’t he?

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