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Sunday, 21 February 2010

Winter Light

Actaea seed head. 

They are having another photo competition over at Gardening Gone Wild. This month's theme is "Winter Light". I was not too hopeful of taking part this month when I saw the theme. It feels like the darkest dreariest winter of the lot this year. We have had weeks on end with nothing but grey skies. This morning however I have done my best to dig through my photographs and pull out a very rare few that were taken this winter, which say to me "Winter Light".

My favourite macro has to be the Actaea seed head from the garden here at Tumbledown. I love the way the sun has illuminated each little seedpod and highlights the delicate spiders threads and hooks.

Cow Parsley Skeleton

I managed to snap this image of the Cow Parsley skeleton looking hauntingly beautiful against the winter sky and below the tiny pink flowers of the winter flowering vibernum trapped in a cocoon of icy snow.

Winter Flowering Vibernum

Winter Jewels 

I loved the way the light danced off the ice on this shrub in the front garden too, making it look as though it had been decorated by a thousand jewels.

Ivy in the Sun

On my visit to Colesbourne Park a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to get some beautiful afternoon light. It made the snowdrop woodlands feel very magical, if not a little eerie. I loved this tendril of Ivy reaching into the sun and the shadows of an old gate against the tree below creating a very moody scene. My favourite that afternoon was the way the light reflected off of the wonderful blue lagoon making the woods look like they were from some forgotten ghostly realm.

 
Moody 

 Silent Wood

Which is my favourite though? Eeek I'm not sure I can pick, I like them all for different reasons. I think perhaps for me it is the Actaea; I love the way the sun dances off the seedpods and draws you in. It makes me think it is a mountain waiting to be climbed!

22 comments:

Bangchik said...

Picture of Actaea seed head is gorgeous... and there is an abandoned web as well to suits the aging seed head. ~bangchik

Bernie said...

I too love the actaea shot ... I just love the detail in it and the way the light falls. It's a wonderful photo.

Kyna said...

My favourite is 'Winter Jewels' :)

But all of those are beautiful!

Edith Hope said...

Dear RO, I can well see your dilemma in having to decide which of these to be the favourite. All very evocative and magical in their own right.

I think if I were to choose, then it would either have to be the cow parsley or the Viburnum with its snowy buds. Both, of course, are against a brilliant blue sky which has been a rarity this winter. Whatever, good luck!

Andrea said...

Even if beauty is really in the eye of the beholder, all these posts are beautiful, yes it is difficult to choose. However, after some deep contemplation, i chose the last one, for being mystical and really mirrors the light of winter.

Aspidistra said...

Hi RO, defo the Actaea, that's a fab shot, the seedheads look like the little stylised waves on a Hokusai picture.

Sue Swift said...

They're all super. Don't even want to pick. But maybe Silent Wood best illustrates the Winter Light theme ...

Chiot's Run said...

Love the winter jewels photo! Came by through Fennel & Fern - loved the photos of the garden - make me long for the lushness of summer.

easygardener said...

I like the Actea picture too - including the trailing strands of the spider's web. Like delicate climbing ropes (to continue with your mountain analogy!)

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Aren't actaea seedheads just the most wonderful, architecturally? You have captured them perfectly, but all your light-drenched photos are wonderful. It's really, really a good thing that I am not judging this competition. You're all winners in my book.
And by the way, your 'Adopt a blog' stamp is simply stunning. I love how many people are doing their bit to encourage readership in other blogs. It's just wonderful.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Wonderful moody photos. But in that lesser winter light, there is hope of a fuller spring.

Gorgeous.

Jen

shirl said...

Hi there RO :-D

Oh... I always love the light on/through seed heads. You have a stunning capture there! Mm... but my fav would also be the winter jewels this time :-D

Janet said...

super photos. I agree the Actaea seed head, it is really nice.

camillap said...

I love the actaea; and the viburnum. Most of all the sun filtering through all of them!

Stone Art said...

So many lovely photos, so little time! Thanks for another lovely post.

Deborah at KilbourneGrove said...

RO, as usual stunning photos, but I have to say my fav is Silent Woods. I love the reflection in the water.

The Idiot Gardener said...

They're all stunning. Each one was my favourite until I saw the next, and hen they were all my favourite again when I looked back!

If I had a gun to my head, I'd go for the skeleton!

Esther Montgomery said...

Yes, the Actaea is very, very beautiful.

I like the one you've called 'Moody' too - though I don't know why you've called it 'Moody' because it doesn't seem very.

The 'Silent Wood' is growing on me.

Esther

Kate said...

These are gorgeous! You're in a shoe in to win! :)

Deborah at Kilbourne Grove said...

RO, I would like to invite you to be in a favourite photo meme. If you are interested, you can read about it on my blog. No pressure, I also left you a message on Blotanical.

Commonweeder said...

These photos are gorgeous and remind us would-be photographers to pay attention to the light. You certainly have the eye and the touch. And a pretty nice camera, I think.

Anonymous said...

really an eye opener for me.

- Robson