I recently returned from a vacation in the Turks and Caicos Islands. It was magical. Quite possibly the most beautiful place I have ever been. The islands form a dotted line between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea with the most turquoise water you can imagine...at certain times of day...when the light is right.
And then at other times the waters wore shades of cyan, gray, azure, aquamarine, blue, green, pink, lavender, and of course, blazing orange at sunset. And that was just on the surface! The underwater sea life was another highlight. We saw turtles and dolphins, we snorkeled with sharks, angelfish, butterfly fish, ballyhoo, and so many types of fish I've seen and never seen before. The reef was vibrant.
Then there's the sky. Always willing to put on a show, the skies in Turks and Caicos generously bent light for us three days in a row. Rainbows over the ocean every day? Yes, please. I swear I could see the ultraviolet light in these rainbows. How far past violet can the human eye see? (This place was so otherworldly, I think if we had stayed another day we would have seen a unicorn.)
But for me, the common thread for all the island's magic was the light. The changing light of each day changed my perspective, changed my view, altered what I saw. It is easier to notice this while on vacation, because I slow down, but this is true anytime, anywhere. Light has a huge impact on the way we experience space. The light in Turks and Caicos is different than the light in Alaska or St. Louis, Charlotte, Wichita, or San Antonio. Light is magical, folks. Take time to engage with and enjoy the light in your space right now.
It's all about the light.
Lisa J. Reed, lighting designer and Principal at Envision Lighting Design, LLC