This is a true story. I’m telling you this because I want this post to be as authentic as possible. I was struggling over how to write about the word “ephemeral”—the word Donna at Garden Walk, Garden Talk selected for this week’s Word 4 Wednesday. I love the idea of this meme, because it is truly challenging!
The first images that came to mind with the word ephemeral were the spring wildflowers so welcome here in April and May. But I wanted to post about something happening in my garden now. Not lacking for things to post about in general, this word was stumping me.
And then it hit me. The word ephemeral is all about time, or lack thereof. That’s why I was struggling so much all along! Time is fleeting.
More specifically, what is truly ephemeral this time of year is daylight. Here in southern Wisconsin, the sun is currently rising at about , and setting at about —about the time I get home from work. And it’s only going to get worse—especially when we turn back the clocks for Standard Time this weekend. Grrrr…
Not much time to photograph plants except on a vacation day or a weekend. But it’s the perfect topic for a blog post about the word ephemeral!
So, my plan was to head home and capture some quick shots at dusk just before sunset. I left work at about I paused to snap a couple of camera phone shots of the fading light out the window at work. I’m not sure why I did that because the photos are rotten. Anyway, I got into my car and started for home, noticing that the sun was setting fast!
Don’t worry, I drove carefully, realizing that rushing could only cause problems. But as I turned up my street, it hit me how little time I had left. I pulled into the driveway at about and temporarily became distracted as I looked at the clock. I nearly plowed into the corner of the garage.
Fifteen minutes to try to capture a few dusk shots. And I’m still experimenting with my new camera. A recipe for disaster! Oh, and I had to pop out my contacts first, because they were so dry, I couldn’t see anything closer than an arm’s length away.
So, with about 10 minutes left, I pulled off the camera lens cap and had at it. The results are mediocre, but they perfectly illustrate the point: Sunlight is ephemeral in the
North Country in November!
(Oh, and at when the sun was setting and I was heading inside, my camera batteries died. I guess they’re ephemeral, too.)