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KOMOREBI: ‘Sun Shines Through Palm Leaves’

 Serendipity Photo Prompt 2015 # 15: SUNLIGHT THROUGH LEAVES

It was the last day of our mini vacation. We had enjoyed the beaches of Goa and it was time to drive back home.

The sky was clear. We both left our hotel before dawn cracked so that we could cover maximum distance before sunset. It was still dark and we switched on the head lights of our car. After one hour there were orange, golden and red hues visible in the sky and I took out my camera to click the first glimpse of rising sun.

I must have clicked hundreds of photos of rising sun. Tarun was driving on a good speed as it was very less traffic on the road. This is one big advantage when you start early in the morning. The day turned bright, sun was brighter, rising up in the sky. After driving another hundred miles we found ourselves on the road having mustard fields on both the sides. It was looking beautiful. Farmers had grown shelter belts of coconut trees around the fields. 

The crop was shining in sunlight which was passing through the big fraying leaves of coconut trees. These palm trees were bearing coconuts so I would rather call them coconut trees. All coconuts trees are palm trees. All palm trees are not coconut trees. 

I was reminded of the term  ‘Komorebi’ when I saw sunlight filtered through the trees – the interplay between the light and the leaves.The trees were huge and it looked as if they were old, single legged giants, windblown and bent. They were shuddering, flapping and freckle leaves were toing and froing, I kept on shooting till I got my aperture settings right. I didn’t want over or under exposure of light.

We didn’t want to stuck in the traffic so we were again on the road. It was a good experience. What do you think I didn’t get myself clicked? Tarun does a satisfactory job if you set everything for him and he has to just take care of distance and focus. This was a good pic !

Catch me if you can !

I had read an article about Komorebi umbrella on which was inspired by the concept of light shining through leaves. Let me share little bit about the unique umbrella.

Komorebi is the Japanese word for that moment when sunlight passes through the gaps in trees. It’s a summers day experience, the kind of thing you’d see while lying under a big tree in a park, or wandering through a forest.

This photorealistic Komorebi Umbrella (¥3,999Prices are approximate only and subject to change. White Rabbit Express service fee and other costs not included.) by Fumito Kogure and Shinya Kaneko (working as ‘Design Complicity‘) was made to mimic that experience. The designers wanted to allow you to “carry the sunshine filtering through the trees,” as you walk around town. But that’s only what it looks like to you, to everyone else you’ll look like a little tree with legs.

The perfect game.

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