The Rainbow Edge


I’m surrounded by naturally occurring works of art.

One enterprising bird has woven into its nest a glistening silver lining, a discarded strand of Christmas tinsel.  Another bird strides forward with a beak full of yellow-green buds to festoon its home; as it springs ahead, sunlight transforms blue-black feathers to iridescent shades of purple and deep copper, kissed with gold.

Each flower, each bud and leaf, is a magnificently constructed masterwork.  In early morning they are brilliantly backlit, somehow as if glowing from within.  Water drops, diamonds and seed pearls, sprinkle velvet petals.

Rainwater puddles on black tar, turning the street itself into an abstract canvas.

I often dwell in the space occupied by art, magic and love: The Goldfinch’s narrator placed these intangibles “between ‘reality’ on the one hand, and the point where the mind strikes reality,” in “a middle zone, a rainbow edge where beauty comes into being, where two different surfaces mingle and blur to provide what life does not. . . .”

About Stephanie

In her spare time, Stephanie works full-time, and then some, as an attorney. She has published articles and delivered talks in arcane fields like forensic evidentiary issues, jury instructions, and expert scientific witness preparation. She also is an adjunct professor at a law school on the banks of the Charles and loves that dirty water, as she will always think of Boston as her home. You are welcome to take a look at her Facebook author page, or follow @SMartinGlennon on Twitter. All content on this blog, unless otherwise attributed, is (c) 2012-2020 by Stephanie M. Glennon and should not be reproduced (in any form other than re-blogging in accordance with Wordpress protocol and the numerous other wee buttons at the bottom of each post) without the express permission of the domain holder.
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14 Responses to The Rainbow Edge

  1. Beautiful photographs again.

    • Stephanie says:

      Many thanks. I literally wore the not-so-old camera out (a shutter that refuses to open all the way and won’t shut is problematic), and love walking around in spring with the new one. It’s hard to stop, though one of my daughters suspects I really have “enough” flowers.

  2. candidkay says:

    Stunning shots and beautiful prose. Thank you.

  3. Love the tinsel. Great capture!

  4. Amy says:

    Each…. is a master work, well said! Magnificent via your lens!

  5. Mabel Kwong says:

    Such stunning photos. I like the purple flower one the best – the flower looks as if it’s glowing in broad daylight. The spaces of art, magic and love…I’m inclined to think the three are always interwoven more than we think 🙂

    • Stephanie says:

      Thank you! This was one of those shots where I noticed a little extra something only on later review: there’s a dandelion peeking out from behind the flower, blurred so it looks like a little halo and adds to the glowing effect.

      • Mabel Kwong says:

        Ah, the dandelion. I missed that the first time round. Thanks for pointing that out. It’s a shy dandelion but it looks like it wants to make friends with the purple flower 😉

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