January Squares: Snowdrops Glisten

Snowy landscape with snowdrops backlit by the fading sun

Snowdrops glisten under silver birch trees in a snowy winter garden

Interaction between the camera lens and the sun’s rays has sent rainbows tumbling from the top right. I’m not sure if that’s a feature or a flaw… perhaps a bit of both.

Pockets of snowdrops are barely distinguishable from the snow at first glance but, once your eye tunes in, they seem illuminated like tiny, ankle-high lamps. Long, narrow tree shadows accentuate the ray effect while the shade and golden rays together capture that feeling of warmth and exposure we Northerners associate with winter… the lucky ones, that is, who have the means of keeping warm.

I have seen quite a few snowdrops already in 2020 but not anywhere near as magnificent as these, taken during a previous year’s visit to Dunham Massey’s splendid winter garden.

I’m not sure whether twilight or spotlight is most appropriate as I share this for Becky’s JanuarySquares. As part of the challenge, I’ve learned a new hyphenated word, ‘owl-light’, a poetic way of saying ‘dusk’. I’d guess that this is an hour or so too early for that, but if you have an appropriate picture, I’d love to see it!

41 thoughts on “January Squares: Snowdrops Glisten

  1. Oddment says:

    Owl-light! It is so perfectly matched to this image, which seems as though it belongs in “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” never mind the season. It’s the original magic carpet — no wonder something silver grows there.

  2. Vicki says:

    Love the tern Owl-light, being an amateur photographer, ‘dusk’ is becoming over-used for me. I think I’ll slip in a few Owl-lights here and there.

    Lovely photo and superb capture of the light and shadows 🙂

      • Vicki says:

        I call Dusk that time when the light is poor (for hand-held shots) and looking towards the sun creates more of a silhouette than clear details of the landscape on the horizon.

  3. arlingwoman says:

    Beautiful photo–perfection. I have been meaning to see whether snowdrops are in my favorite garden, but haven’t gotten there yet. Today, leaving work, I was surprised by a line of quince in full, magical bloom. It’s a time of surprises if we but look!

    • susurrus says:

      They naturalise when they are happy, but I have a feeling they do need to be planted to start them off where I live. I could be wrong. Bluebells spring up naturally, but they’re a few months later.

  4. Old Herbaceous says:

    The first snowdrops are up in my garden this week, but they are few in number, since I just planted them this fall. I hope they like their location and spread! What a beautiful photo, Susan!

  5. Laurie Graves says:

    Magnificent is right! I cannot recall ever having seen a snowdrop. I am told they bloom in Maine, but they are not common. At least not where I live. Lucky you to have first snowdrops and then bluebells to look forward to.

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