Winter Light

Glade in the mist

Glade in the mist

As the seasons change, autumn brings not just a change in colour, but also a change in the quality of the light. Summer light is bright and harsh, and the golden hour is either very early in the day or very late. As winter approaches it changes completely – now the sun is low all the time, with long shadows and a wonderful pastel, watery quality. The golden hour is at a civilised hour. The weather is interesting too – storms, clouds racing across the sky, and by way of contrast, perfectly still mornings and evenings with frost on the grass and mist rising in the river valley.

Don’t get me wrong – I love all the seasons, including summer – but winter light is probably the most photogenic.

These are just a few shots of the woods in winter light – low light through the trees, mist, stormy skies and mist rising at sunset. Perfect!

Mist rising at sunset

Mist rising at sunset

Mist through the trees

Mist through the trees

Storm approaching

Storm approaching

Ray of light with stormy sky behind

Ray of light with stormy sky behind

Mist through the trees

Mist through the trees

Mist and golden trees

Mist and golden trees

Main path in the mist

Main path in the mist

4 thoughts on “Winter Light

  1. I couldn’t agree more! The light is special. I’m reading H.E. Bates’ “Through the Woods” in which his descriptions of woodland are truely wonderful. Your pictures & his words sit very well together! I’m in heaven!

  2. I’ve always believed winter to be the most beautiful season, and you have described many of my reasons. The fact that one can watch the sunrise without getting up at 5 am should not be taken for granted. And few experiences are more breathtaking (literally and figuratively) than hiking in the woods after a substantial snowfall.

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