The Light and the Hand
I lifted my camera to the bud of a
lilac-colored hibiscus. As it waved
eagerly in the breeze, I steadied the
branch with my hand. Widening the
aperture of the lens, I snapped the
shot and captured the star-shape
center hiding shyly in a cone of
A professional photographer later
commented on my photograph.
"I like the use of light source from
the lower left corner." Light source?
No, the sun was behind me on the
right shining down on the flower.
There was no light source on the
lower left. I chuckled, "That is
actually my hand blurred out of
focus. The light you see is just a
reflection on the hand that was
steadying the branch." He replied,
"Appears to be a spiritual allegory."
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