These trees I photographed in Spain’s Basque Country mountains in August remind me of a question Sara asked when we began studying urban plants, namely, are they bothered by all-night lights?
The trees were growing outside the window of my hotel, a quiet, humble affair alongside the mountain road. While I got a great night’s sleep there, did the plants manage to catch any shut-eye with these powerful parking lot lights glowing over them? Or were they kept awake like Sara’s nocturnal weeds and illuminated trees?
Above is a tree Sara documented in Brooklyn in 2009, sandwiched between two trucks and lit up all night. And below is a weed she photographed, glowing under a streetlamp.
Actually, I confess that at the time, I only photographed the Spanish trees because they were so beautiful, but now I’m beginning to worry about them a little, too.
Sara read that scientists haven’t confirmed any clear negative affects on plants by nighttime light, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely harmless, right?
What do you think?