It may have technically been the first day of spring today but the sunlight still had a wintery quality about it this afternoon. I popped down to the village post office this afternoon with a parcel and took the leisurely route home, through the spinney and a little bit of Alsa Woods. The sun was just dropping towards the horizon and the warmth (in colour, if not temperature) of the light was so beautiful. Passing through the spinney I noticed long shadows being cast by one of the trees and framed up a photo to feature them strongly. I also used a small aperture to create a starburst where the sun peeped through the branches.
Further round, I found some ivy wrapped elegantly around another tree. When I framed up my shot I noticed some lens flare as I was shooting towards the sun. Rather than moving to eliminate it, I thought I’d use it as part of my picture, adding a splash of purple to contrast with the rich greens of the leaves.
In Alsa Woods I found the ground had hardened up pretty well after the recent snow, so I was able to walk further than I’d expected without getting muddy – a definite sign that winter is on its way out. On the ground I found a moss-covered branch among the leaf litter, with a single oak leaf caught in a pool of sunlight. Then, just as I left the woods, I noticed a tree adorned with carved graffiti in the bark. There was still just enough light to bring out the textures so I took one last photo and headed for home.
21 March 2018