Curtain down on Winter

Images of the approach of dusk are as good a symbol as I can come up with today to indicate that the curtain is finally coming down on this long gruelling winter.  This weekend we look forward to double digit temperatures (Celsius) that we hope will truly herald Spring.


These images were actually taken last year at the edge of our village in March as Spring arrived early. There was no such luck last night – it was raining. And although a southerly wind will blow warm air our way this weekend it will bring with it more rain and wind. But I can tolerate some rain and wind if I can feel warmer at the same time. Can’t be too greedy.


Soon these trees will be cloaked in green but I have to say that one of the pleasures of winter is seeing them stripped bare and reduced to skeletal outlines – outlines that are typical of the tree’s genus. Sadly I am not that well versed in trees to be able to name the varieties.


These images span a total of 12 minutes as the last vestiges of the sunset faded and we entered the blue hour.


About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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33 Responses to Curtain down on Winter

  1. Nice shots, Andy, they are all good but the first one really grabbed me. The sunset appears to make the tree glow. I like that.

    • LensScaper says:

      Many thanks for your comment, Fred. I misjudged the time and got out there too late for the sunset, but I rather liked the ‘Glow’ that remained afterwards

  2. Beautiful Andy. I love the shape of the tree in the second image and the negative space. We had snow yesterday and ice rain today. No double digits for us until next week 😦

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Edith. The sky seemed so high that evening – thankfully I had a wide enough lens with me. Sounds like you are faring worse than us – hope things change soon.

  3. oneowner says:

    Excellent photos, Andy. We are experiencing Spring-like weather also, that being cold and wet. But it’s promising.

  4. Pete Buckley says:

    It’s got to that stage of waiting for spring but I think it’s finally – just about – here! Nice shots.

  5. rigmover says:

    Really nice shots Andy, love the last one.

  6. Mark Summerfield says:

    Great emphasis on the clouds, Andy. Helps to mute the starkness of the barren winter trees, which with the colors in the sky, intimates there is a better time ahead.

  7. theaterwiz says:

    I am with you on this long winter, sick of it! Those trees are awesome, such character

  8. These are really superb!

  9. seekraz says:

    Beautiful images, Andy…I do enjoy the silhouettes that we’re able to capture so freely with the barren trees…and like you, welcoming of the warmth about now, too.

  10. Marcie says:

    Gorgeous skyscapes. Gorgeous early spring light!

  11. Really striking silhouettes here, Andy! I love this genre of photography, and as you mentioned I too prefer bare trees as they really add a lot of drama and intrigue to a shot. Great set, Andy, I really enjoyed it an awful lot!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Toad. We are now well over a month further on from the date these shots were taken last year and the trees are still bare, as are the hedgerows. It really is an extremely weird Spring.

  12. The tree makes these very beautiful, Andy.

  13. These are excellent sunset pictures. The vertical format emphasizes the layers.

  14. Jim Nix says:

    lovely shots mate!

  15. Anette says:

    Wonderful images Andy! Aesthetic silhouettes. Delicate 12 minutes registration of light and colour.

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