The Tuesday tree: low sun, lime avenue
It’s hard to believe it but, this time last year, we were properly snowed in. The British weather went a bit haywire at the end of November and we found ourselves in sub-zero temperatures under deep snow. I loved it: apart from anything else, it made everything look incredibly pretty.
This year, however, it seems like we are back to normal. November has been unusually mild, but the grey days and the incessant rain are pretty much par for the course. Today is as dreich as most of the rest of the month has been. When the sun does come out, though, it gleams through the bare branches at the low angle you see only at the dead end of the year, alchemising everyday sights into beautiful new vistas. A walk up the avenue of limes and yew trees becomes a stop-start journey, punctuated by pauses to marvel at the light.
Here, the lime branches seem to have acted as a prism on the sunshine.
Fallen lime leaves and spots of sunlight splash the drive with gold.
The dark fronds of a spindly yew are lit up with sunbeams.
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