I know what the sunshine does in the backyard: how it climbs over the neighboring roofs and hits certain parts of our garden at certain times. I now know what to plant where, according to its sunshine likes and dislikes. I know which chairs will be in shade by 11am, and where to put the sun tea so it gets the maximum amount of soaking in the rays. I know that if I let tiny, sweet, fresh-sprouted sunflowers grow in certain spots, they will quickly cast skyscraper-sized shade on my lavender. I know that the goldfinches will come with their fledglings and make short work of those sunflowers, picking off the petals on the top of each huge bloom to make a space to perch.
Ours is a tiny backyard, but we love it much. (I think the feeling's mutual.)