I stood beneath the Scots Pine, as if bathing in beams of solar flare, each shot through with swirling mist.

One step to the left and it changed completely, another step forward gave me a whole new masterpiece.

But not quite the same as a conventional masterpiece, say the Mona Lisa. At anyone time tens of people will be looking at it with you. And tomorrow many more. It's true each person will have a unique response. But they are apprehending, more or less, the same unchanging object before them.

On the other hand I was literally the only person in the world seeing this lightshow. I was the only person who will ever see it and I will never see it again.

My mood had been quite low before the shivelight extravaganza. I've seldom known such as a sudden uplift in wellbeing - a very dramatic example of 'nature cure'.

In my eagerness to revel in the morning I walked further than I would have normally. I overdid it so today I'm rather our of action.

But can I have comparable experiences here in the house?

This, I believe, is one of the great challenges - and rewards - in life.

If I look at that cup and move a bit to the left - just like sunbeam - it changes.

I am the only person in the world with this view of this cup, this room, this carboard box. And this is a never ever to be repeated moment, as is this next one, and this one

It may seem a bit of a stretch, even perverse, to try to argue that the two are equivalent. However they irrefutably are in terms of the uniqueness of the experience.

That beam of light - this cup- this moment here and now. 
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  1. This photograph feels like home, tells the story of home.


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