From the garden of the Hesperides

Figure 1 – Lemons in a luscious light, Burlington, MA. (c) DE Wolf 2017.

I am always looking for a special light to capture, and it often occurs in unexpected places. I was out for lunch with my wife on Saturday. We were sitting in a darkened restaurant when I saw the possibility of three lemons on a plate: two slices cut the other squeezed in the glowing light of an incandescent table lamp. It was a matter of positioning first lemons then IPhone. I love the IPhone for this kind of image. With it you can get surprisingly close, and if this picture lack a touch of ultimate sharpness, it more than makes up with a fuzziness that complements the sense of glow.

It was a wonderful lunch; so I will end in a quote from chef Padma Lakshmi that reflects the divinity of this citrus fruit. I will not call it a humble fruit, for it truly symbolizes the sun, the Earth, and life. In ancient Greek mythology the Hesperides were the nymphs of evening and the golden light of sunset. They were the “Daughters of the Evening” or “Nymphs of the West”. Lemons grew in the Garden of the Hesperides and to the ancient Greeks all citrus species were referred to as Hesperidoeidē.

“From the simple stringing together of lemon garlands for the goddess Durga, to dividing the prasadam or blessed foods for the children first, I came to associate food not only with femininity, but also with purity and divinity.”
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