There’s something about the light on Dauphin Island. It’s luminous.

I laugh when I say that because, of course, all light is “luminous.” That’s kind of the very definition of light. But, still, the light on Dauphin Island is a special kind of luminous.

And that light, interacting with the palmettos…

Palm Psalm

The one above is a Cabbage Palmetto, but there are several kinds on Dauphin Island and they all seem to interact gloriously with that wonderful light. This photographer feels like a kid in a candy store when I am there!

Palm Psalm has already been in a couple of online shows, but I finally got to print and frame it for the 29th Emerald Coast National Juried Arts Exhibition at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, FL. The show opens tomorrow, August 27, with a reception.

As the title of this show suggests, Niceville is a very few miles inland from the Emerald Coast of the Gulf of Mexico. For that reason, I have traveled to the opening reception a couple of times in the past when I was in a show at the Mattie Kelly Center. Unfortunately, an obligation today kept me in Monroe.

But walking beaches is a new passion of late. And now that I think about it, maybe the luminosity of light is enhanced by proximity to sea. Maybe all that constantly surging, subsiding water does something to the light? Or maybe all of it–the sand, the surf, the shells, the hermit crabs, the wading and diving birds–does something to my soul? What I know is that the seashore is calling my name. Maybe I’ll make it down to bring home Palm Psalm when the show ends October 29.

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