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The Tuesday tree: evening glow

August 9, 2011

Apologies if you have been good enough to visit Dancing Beastie recently and have found new posts thin on the ground. I’m sure I’m not the only person who finds that blogging takes a back seat over the summer. The season is drawing on, though. Next week the Scottish state schools go back, so we’ll have to squeeze ourselves back into the straitjacket of the school timetable, complete with hurried mornings and school runs, at least for one child. The other has another three weeks to mooch about at home.

It still feels strange to me to start the autumn term in the middle of August; but there’s no doubt that August in Scotland has an end of season feel to it. The sap is falling and the trees are beginning to take on a wan tinge at their tips. The hours of daylight are falling too. A month or so ago, we could see our way up the stairs at midnight by the lingering twilight outside. This past week, we have suddenly noticed that it’s getting dark while we are still downstairs. There are beautiful evening skies to be seen as the sun sets at around nine o’clock, casting a golden glow over the fields and woods. So here is another Tuesday tree post that is more about atmosphere than particular species: mellow evening light on the woods around the castle.

Below: faint mist rising from the river catches the light, throwing the tall Douglas firs into relief.

The rounded shapes of oak and sweet chestnut glow in the low sun, against a backdrop of darker firs.

In the last blaze of the setting sun, a cereal crop on a hillside in the middle distance is a small stripe of gold between the darkening trees.

Another post about nightfall which you might enjoy is Season of mists.

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. Julia Miller permalink
    August 9, 2011 5:00 pm

    How beautiful! I think people forget to look @ the sky except at first or last light. But the clouds can make life interesting. We would lay in the grass when we were children and find objects in the cloud shapes. I find that as an adult, it is more difficult to be creative; but still as exciting. Thank you again for your beautiful insights.

    • August 9, 2011 8:10 pm

      Thank you, Julia. I am one of life’s cloudspotters: cloudy skies are often so much more interesting than empty ones. Like you, though, I find I can’t see the pictures in clouds now as easily as my children can.

  2. hmunro permalink
    August 9, 2011 6:55 pm

    Rest assured: You’re not the only person who finds that blogging takes a back seat over the summer! But I’m very glad you eked out the time to post this lovely meditation on the ever-changing seasons — along with your gorgeous photos. I often feel a twinge melancholic at sunset … your images capture that “dying of the light” beautifully.

    • August 9, 2011 8:15 pm

      What kind comments, Heather. Yes, I agree with you, there is always a melancholy air about the close of the day; but I love its stillness. And in fact I think I love its melancholy too (which probably explains why I find Prof. Tolkien’s fiction so achingly appealing, in the teeth of academic disapproval).

  3. August 9, 2011 7:39 pm

    I’ve been noticing the days growing shorter, too, and have tried to remain in denial. Feels like our summer weather only lasted a couple weeks. The Indian Plum and Service Berry are dropping their leaves all ready, and I noticed yesterday the maples are getting ready to drop their seeds. All too soon. Beautiful photos, as always.

    • August 9, 2011 8:20 pm

      Thanks, Lisa. You do seem to have had a very short summer this year – it seems no time since you were longing for spring to arrive! But do you know, I am almost starting to look forward to the beginning of autumn. Crisper nights, turning colours, lighting the wood stove: it always feel like the beginning of something to me, rather than an ending.

  4. August 9, 2011 9:42 pm

    The light is different now throughout the day. Lovely to see some blue and gold skies here after the darkness-at-noon weekend we had up in Moray!

    • August 9, 2011 10:51 pm

      Yes, we had a bit of that too at the weekend: I thought we might have to start building an ark!

  5. Toffeeapple permalink
    August 9, 2011 10:11 pm

    Things are changing rapidly here, too. It has been an odd year altogether. I am looking forward to autumn but not winter. Your images are, as usual, beautiful.

    • August 9, 2011 10:56 pm

      It *has* been an odd year for weather in Britain, hasn’t it. Hot April, cold wet summer here in Scotland (while E. Anglia had drought conditions) but just the odd gorgeous hot summer day to remind us of what it can be like. There seem to be no ‘normal’ years these days!

  6. August 10, 2011 11:38 pm

    Lovely photos! And I’ve been really noticing the evenings creeping up lately as well… it’s as if they’re saying ‘there’ll be more than enough time for blog posts come winter’, isn’t it? 😉

  7. Erika W. permalink
    August 11, 2011 1:49 pm

    What a lovely contemplative entry.You are very sensitive to nature’s beauty. We suddenly realized that the days are growing shorter, here in Delaware, when we found two days ago that we had to strain our eyes to watch the fox family that bring out their cubs to play behind our house every evening when the fire flies also appear. It is always at 8:15 p.m. They might wear wrist watches!

    • August 11, 2011 5:39 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Erika: I suspect that you are sensitive to it too. What a delight to have a family of foxes to watch! (Assuming you don’t keep chickens, of course. 😉 ) I’ve never seen a fox here, though sometimes in the autumn I’ll hear that unearthly scream of a vixen in the woods.

  8. August 14, 2011 8:21 pm

    I did a catch-up today and read several appealing posts – especially, I enjoyed the lovely vacation pictures from Brittany – as a coastal dweller there is a certain convergence with all seasides in the northern hemisphere. We too are suddenly experiencing the change in light, and the drawing in of the days around us – I will miss the bounty of summer, but the autumn colours ae beautiful and I look forward to them so.
    Thank you again for the lovely posts – do enjoy the season’s change.

  9. October 23, 2011 6:31 pm

    Lovely, reflective post, DB. Ii too am a twilight lover and rather enjoy the gentle melancholy of this time of day.

    PS Do the academics really disapprove of Tolkien so much? Oh, good, no wonder I like him 🙂

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