This is the image for yesterday, July 5th, and quite exactly a year ago, on July 7th, 2007 I had another image titled “266 – Summertime“. I love this season, and yesterday, while on my way to the lake, I tried to find out what exactly characterizes our landscape these days.
The three images of yesterday represent such a thing: harvested fields baking in the hot sun. They were taken at the same time in the same place, but looking in slightly different directions. As a result, neither the contrast between sky and earth was the same nor the colors. And that’s one of the things that I have learned while working on my SoFoBoMo book: A series of images from a certain time and a certain place just does not make it, unless you take your time to match colors and light. It’s a well known phenomenon, that strongly contrasting images easily make a good match, whereas largely similar but in subtle ways different images fight each other.
So, “Summertime” is the Song of the Day, but what version? Yesteryear we had Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, this year it’s Helen Merrill. I have two different recordings of this Gershwin tune by Helen Merrill, one of them, the one that I like better, on a compilation called “Blossom of Stars“, that currently only seems available used and from £45 upwards. Ouch! I suggest that, before shell out the money, you sample the wares around here.