A Dance of Shadows

Sonia Thompson

The way sunlight filters through trees is so beautiful that the Japanese have a special word for it (photo by Erin Austen Abbott).

If you've ever been entranced by the way sunlight filters through trees, then you're not alone. The Japanese have a unique word for this occurrence: komorebi.

A dance of shadows at Splinter Creek (photo by Elizabeth Keckler).

While traveling through Japan and working on organic farms, UK filmmaker Steve Atkins found himself entranced by komorebi, or the movement of light and shadows formed by the interplay of trees, wind and sunlight on the landscape.

The interplay of light and leaves is a beautiful sight over the lakes (photo by Erin Austen Abbott).

Atkins' made a short film celebrates that these beautiful moments in nature. In doing so, he offers a gentle reminder to, in his words, "reconsider how we see the passing light of each day; to slow down and observe the natural theatre that plays out unseen beside the busyness of our modern lives."

Watch the 4-minute film here, or come visit Splinter Creek in person to experience komorebi live.

Sculptures on the lawn of a Splinter Creek residence (photo by Erin Austen Abbott).

Children love exploring the trails and shadows (photo by Elizabeth Keckler).

Splinter Creek has 650 acres of pine forests and endless komorebi opportunities (photo by Erin Austen Abbott).

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