17 December 2020

As the winter solstice approaches, the early morning sun is extremely low to the south east.

This morning, as I returned home from buying fish at the market first thing, a magnificent sidelight illuminated the dead leaves on the oak sapling in the corner of our garden. The sight was made even more spectacular set against the backdrop of moody clouds to the north.

Realising the view would only last a few minutes at most, I decided to grab a photo on my phone, rather than rushing indoors for my proper camera. As I composed the shot, I was distracted by movement in the corner of my eye: a pair of roe deer cantering across the neighbour’s field.

Not a bad start to a Thursday.

Side-lit oak
Side-lit oak.
(Note the pair of deer in the field.)

By Richard Carter

Richard Carter is a writer and photo­grapher living in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. Website · Facebook · Twitter · Newsletter · Book

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