This image is about a month late reaching the screen, overtaken by more pressing images. Hornbeam – Carpinus Betulus – is a beautiful deciduous tree but it is also commonly planted for hedging. The leaves are distinctive, similar in size to Beech leaves, but with toothed edges and deeply furrowed. Backlit they are one of my favourite leaves.


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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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19 Responses to Hornbeam

  1. Sue says:

    Absolutely stunning backlit, Andy!

  2. Don’t know how you managed to get the sun to light up the edges of the branches so that they show up against the trunk. Good work. And, yes, the backlit leaves are lovely; I can see why they are a favorite of yours.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Linda. Yes, I was very pleased how the branches stood out from the main trunk of the tree. This was taken only about two minutes walk from home but it took a lot longer than that to find the right bit of tree and get the lighting right.

  3. paula graham says:

    Beautiful and elegant shot of this lovely waking of the hornbeam tree. Well done.

  4. Heide says:

    Very clever to use the tree’s own bark as a dark background. Beautiful frame, Andy!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Heide. There are plenty of leaves, but finding a background that allows a small clutch of leaves to stand out is the difficult bit. This image just came together after a hunt.

  5. oneowner says:

    You don’t have to apologize for being late, Andy. An image like this is timeless.

  6. shoreacres says:

    The leaves remind me of the elm trees I grew up with: also toothed, and relatively small. The light on these is lovely. Is that actually side-lighting, rather than backlighting? It’s beautifully done, that’s for certain.

  7. bluebrightly says:

    Oh, don’t they have wonderful leaves! And the back-lighting is superb. That pale edge on the branches is so graphic, too. Really lovely!

  8. The back-lit leaves against the dark trunk makes them pop out of the frame. The structure and patterns of the leaves adds depth to the photo. A beautiful photo, Andy.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks you Otto. These are beautiful sights. It’s such a shame that the translucency of Spring leaves doesn’t last right through summer.

  9. This quiet scene shows the marks of someone who truly understands composition. We’re not worthy. 🙂

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks very much Frank. You are most certainly ‘worthy’. I also believe that the more we shoot, the more we understand that the ‘rules’ that relate to composition are merely suggestions. Composition becomes intuitive.

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