With a run of mostly dry days this week, I have been unashamedly obsessed with the wonderful light at either end of the day.

Teasel seedheads silhouetted against sunrise

First, there is the magical morning light, which seeps into the sky low and late, creating dramatic silhouettes of teasel and Verbena bonariensis seedheads.

Verbena bonariensis seedheads silhouetted against morning light

I love the strong contrasts at this time of year between bright sun and dark shadows.

Teasel seedheads silhouetted in early morning lightThe grasses in the garden glow when backlit by the rising sun.

Anemanthele lessoniana backlit by winter sunFrom the narrow blades of our clumps of pheasant tail’s grass ( Anemanthele lessoniana) to the feathered flowers of Miscanthus sinensis ‘Undine’.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Undine' flowers backlit by winter sun

Miscanthus sinensis 'Undine' flowers backlit by winter sun

Miscanthus sinensis 'Undine' flowers backlit by winter sunI just love how this handful of flowers catches the sun, and hope fervently that this grass will settle well here to form a sizeable clump.

Verbascum chaixii album seedheads silhouetted

Even the seedheads of the Verbascum chaixi Album, which are a dull matt brown in the light of day, have a magical quality to them in silhouette.

Silhouette of tree at sunsetAt the end of the day, it is the shapely tree in the field opposite our house that is framed by the embers of the sun.

November sunset

Every clear day brings a different view; what beautiful displays this season puts on.



10 thoughts on “Silhouettes

  1. My goodness! In particular I love the first two and the last two photos but the whole series is phenomenal – you have done so well to capture all these. I am well impressed!

  2. Magical photos Sara, am deeply impressed, not least at your dedication in getting up and out early enough to take advantage of the light like that! My excuse is that the sun doesn’t hit my garden until it is quite high in the sky at this time of year. Hope I can get some teasel germinating successfully next year, this year it all failed for some reason! And so many people complain about not being able to get rid of it….

    • Thanks Janet, I have to get up (grudgingly) early for work, a sun rise like this is a bonus of that. Peculiar that teasels have been reluctant for you. My Mum gave me one from her garden (which transplanted well despite its tap-root) and they have gently self-seeded here since, needing just a little editing.

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