The Nature of Light & Colour in the Open Air

The Nature of Light & Colour in the Open Air

The Nature of Light & Colour in the Open Air

The Nature of Light & Colour in the Open Air

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A lover of Nature responds to her phenomena as naturally as he breathes and lives, driven by a deep innate force. Sun and rain, heat and cold are alike welcome to his observation; in towns and woods, on sandy tracts and on the sea he finds new objects of interest. Each moment he is struck by new and interesting occurrences. With buoyant step he wanders over the countryside, eyes and ears alert, sensitive to the subtle influences that surround him, inhaling deeply the scented air, aware of every change of temperature, here and there lightly touching a shrub to feel in closer contact with the things of the earth, a human being supremely conscious of the fullness of life.

It is indeed wrong to think that the poetry of Nature's moods in all their infinite variety is lost on one who observes them scientifically, for the habit of observation refines our sense of beauty and adds a brighter hue to the richly coloured background against which each separate fact is outlined. The connection between events, the relation of cause and effect in different parts of a landscape, unite harmoniously what would otherwise be merely a series of detached scenes.

The phenomena described in this book are partly things of everyday life, which it is fascinating to study from a scientific point of view, and partly things unfamiliar to you as yet, though they can be seen any moment, if only you will touch your eyes with the magic wand of 'knowing what to see.' And finally there are the rare, remarkable wonders of Nature, occurring only occasionally in a lifetime, so that even the most practised observer may wait year after year to see them. When he does see them he is filled to the very . . .

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