Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Dreaming of the return of the light – and garden catalogs

I took this photograph today, a close-up view of fruit stacked on a market stand, creating a bold pattern of repeated forms and colors, a delicious treat, especially on this unusually drab and dark, overcast and rainy day stuck ignominiously between the shortest day of the year and the beginning of the New Year.

Because this produce looks so lush and succulent – plus guaranteed to be 100% organic – you yearn to just grab a piece and take a big bite, but you can't. The fruit displayed on this stand was painted by Gustave Caillebotte 130 years ago and it was his painted images I photographed today at the MFA in Boston.

Gustave's vibrant painting instantly transported me back to sun-filled days in our own lush garden last summer. And triggered happy memories of visiting similarly spectacular food stalls at the Common Ground Fair in Maine. (See blog entry from 4/4/09).
Common Ground Country Fair

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