Word of the Day in Pictures
Alocasia Macrorrhiza, Light and Pattern
(esp. of fabric) light, delicate, and translucent : a diaphanous dress of pale gold.
ORIGIN early 17th cent.: from medieval Latin diaphanus, from Greek diaphanēs, from dia ‘through’ + phainein ‘to show.’
This plant really does give the impression of fabric, from the gentle folds, the intricate leaf veining and mottling, and the prominent raised veins looking like cording. And below another fabric-like leaf, the tufted looking hydrangea.
A Sheet of Water gracing the Monarda leaf supported by webbing. Such delicate lacing and weave work, yet so incredibly structural and expertly engineered. The water is not touching the leaf but barely raised above it.
translucent |transˈloōsnt; tranz-|
(of a substance) allowing light, but not detailed images, to pass through; semitransparent :
ORIGIN late 16th cent. (in the Latin sense): from Latin translucent- ‘shining through,’ from the verb translucere, from trans- ‘through’ + lucere ‘to shine.’
Petunias have a wonderfully veined flower with which to pass through light or make a handsome home for garden spiders.
noun ( pl. -cies)
the condition of being transparent : the transparency of ice.
ORIGIN late 16th cent. (as a general term denoting a transparent object): from medieval Latin transparentia, from transparent- ‘shining through’.
What have you got that says diaphanous? The sun helps convey the feel of light and weightlessness, and with the flowers, convey the delicacy and intricacy of detail.
We are a day early (Eastern Standard Time, that is) to give YOU an idea….
You can get in far more deep with the concepts and use in design. Try posting about light, transparency, and translucency in the garden, there is so much to say as an abstract, as a grand concept and gesture, or as in living life with ideals. Translucency can be literal in the use of stained glass, or conceptual in a screen of airy and strategically placed planting. A garden can have a view through a sheet of water or through a lighted veil of colorful foliage. In design, translucency on a bigger scale is an important concept and often less literal than you would think.
But transparency has famous literal manifestations, (but trust me, both designs are much more indepth conceptually, way more than to get into here), in architects Phillip Starck’s Ghost Chair or Mies Van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House. Think how transparency can be used in gardens, or in conjunction with the two examples above. Add an object with which to see out of or through and you magically frame or contain a desired view.
The simplest is by views and relationships. The inside/outside connection is most often viewed framed, but the illusion of inside/outside is blurred. Not blurred literally but psychologically. A window to the world, not just a window to illuminate. Or illuminate in the greater and alternate meaning of the word. Say, that is a good word for next week!
And check out The Adventures of Tufa Girl. She had a post on Bucolic – Deserves Another Day.