What a joy it is when the sun comes out after the rain! Especially now, when weather that would have seemed infinitely promising in January feels leaden and chill now in April.

This photograph shows how the front flowerbeds catch the afternoon sun, the translucency of young leaves, the nano-climates of mulch and straw in shadow. Although the resolution seems better than the photograph of the budding lilac I took this morning, I don’t think it is; I think the bright sun makes for more contrast and a broader range of color than the cloudy morning. The eye has more cues, so it sees more — seeing being an active process of construction — even as the technical characteristics of the lens do not change.