The grey of a coming storm brings an electric sizzle to the air & an unrivaled brilliance to colors in my back garden, especially the greens. Like a photographer arranging a neutral backdrop to enhance the colors in her subject, Mother Earth enhances the hues in nature by rolling grey clouds across the skyscape.
As the most recent storm approaches, I stare out the window of my sunporch, marveling at the greens & laughing at my inability to name them all, despite growing up with the world-famous box of 64 Crayola crayons with the sharpener in the back. Let’s see, there was green-blue, blue-green, yellow-green, green-yellow, olive green, sea green, forest green (like that’s one color!!), & just plain “green”.
I run outside in the first fat raindrops, absorbing the countless greens of the entire garden at their most vibrant. I get closer to my viburnum shrub, still countless shades of green on one plant. Zooming in, closer still, I see countless greens in just one leaf.
Grey days are anything but dreary! Grabbing my camera, I make a vain attempt to capture the many shades of green in my garden before the clouds shift & take some of the brilliance with them. One hot, summer day in the not too distant future, the attention-seeking sun will bleach many of the greens, turning them to dry browns. Rather than lament the loss, I’ll cheerfully count the reds of berries & blossoms or the yellows of peppers & squash. There’s always something wonderful to experience in the garden, every second of every day of the year.