Right now in Palm Springs we really have rather too much sunshine - not that I'm complaining. With temperatures still over 100F (38C) it's really too hot to enjoy being outside most of the day. Breakfast in the garden is lovely but by mid morning it's too hot for work or relaxation. However one of the reasons I came to Palm Springs was for the year-round sunshine and I don't regret it! Back in the UK I used to suffer from SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder and, in the winter when it was dull and sunless, my mood would drop considerably - here with all this sun, I might be accused of being hyperactive!
Anyway - reviewing pictures for a magazine article reminded me how light levels affect our gardens and plants. Photographers have known this for years but it still amazes me that the right light creates shadows and highlights that just make plants and flowers sing! I'm really no great photographer - I'm more of a point and shoot guy - but some of the following pics will show you what I mean by light and plants.