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. gardeninacity says:

    Oh my gosh, look at all those snowdrops! I’m out-of-town right now, but this makes me want to rush right home and check for snowdrops in our garden – the weather is supposed to get very mild next week.

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