Although the official starting date for winter is a few weeks away, I've noticed that the annual winter "lighting" has arrived. The sun is now lower in the sky at all times, hardly illuminating the backyard clothes line in the afternoon. Without leaves on the trees, more light reaches into the thickets and without the filtering of the tree canopy, shadows are harsher. Trees around Pink Gardens' yard were full of this winter light, yesterday. These stormy skies blew over without a drop of rain or wind, but I appreciated their depth of coloring and texture for these photos.
This huge Sycamore tree's whitish bark gleams in the afternoon sun, perfectly silhouetted in front of the gloomy skies.
A closer view of the top photo. The trees in the background were brightly lit at the same time the tree in front was shaded by the clouds.
A longer view of the Sycamore tree, above. It's the tallest tree in the yard, by far.