One of the more frustrating things that can happen when attempting to get a true image of a painting is the result you see here. The tree trunks have almost no yellow when I look at the painting, but no matter what settings I used for the scanner or how I tried to manipulate the colors with my rudimentary PhotoShop program, I simply couldn't get it any closer to how the picture looks in reality. So this is it - pretty enough that I wanted to share it with you, but hardly satisfactory when it comes to a real translation of the image. If you've ever looked through Google images of famous paintings you'll see I'm not the only one to have had this kind of problem.
Recently, I came across some words in languages other than English that describe things familiar to all of us. The more words we have about the natural world, in my opinion, the better.
Mangata (Swedish): The road-like reflection of the moon in the water.
Ammil (English, old Devon): The thin film of ice that lacquers the outdoors when a freeze follows a partial thaw, and that in sunlight can cause a whole landscape to glitter.
Komorebi (Japanese): The sunlight that filters through the leaves of the trees.
Gurfa (Arabic): The amount of water that can be held in one hand.
Poronkusema (Finnish): The distance a reindeer can comfortably travel before taking a break.
Eit (Gaelic): The practice of placing shiny stones in streams so that they sparkle in moonlight and attract salmon in the late summer and autumn.
Murr-ma (Wagiman): The act of searching for something in the water with only your feet.
Kalpa (Sanskrit): The passing of time on a grand cosmological scale.
Waldeinsamkeit (German): The feeling of being alone in the woods, an easy solitude and a connectedness to nature.
Kintsukuroi (Japan): the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver joining the pieces and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken.
Quote of the week:
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
~ Bertrand Russell