Travel theme: Mystical

This week Ailsa challenges us to present something mystical, something that is otherworldly, mysterious or ethereal. For me there are two mystical moments of the day and they occur when the morning/evening light is about to break into their counterparts of daylight/darkness. Some photographers call this period of time the Jewel Box Lighting or the Magic Hour, but I like to call it Maxfield Time in honor of Maxfield Parrish.

Maxfield Parrish was a 20th Century American painter and illustrator whose one painting, Daybreak (completed in 1922), is still in print today and based on the number of prints made could be in one of every four homes in the US. As an aside: the color, Parrish Blue, is named in his honor with a nod to the luminous color he employed so well.

Maxfield Parrish Time does not last long, but if you are prepared you can take some memorable photos with saturated colors like the one below.

Trees at dawn.

Mystical, Magical, Maxfield Time
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Photographed with an iPhone 4 and edited in Snapseed.

Travel Theme: Mystical

  3 comments for “Travel theme: Mystical

  1. November 16, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    One of my earliest faves as far as artists are concerned – no one appreciates Parrish now… love how that light is crawling up the trees.


    • November 16, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      The Pied Piper Bar & Grill is in the Sheraton Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco has Parrish’s painting, ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’, mounted on the wall behind the bar. The mural measures 6-feet by 16-feet and is magical to view.


      • November 17, 2012 at 4:20 AM

        Good to know – will head there for the view and a libation next time – thanks!


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