Backlit Leaves: All About The Light

Leafy Garden

This week HeyJude is looking for an image of the light through flowers or leaves, or one where the subject becomes a silhouette. My first is a leafy garden with structure: seating, plant supports, an obelisk and low fencing to keep out the rabbits.

Backlit leaf with leaf shadow

The soft, wavy shadow leaves seemed interesting in this picture and also the contrast with sharper shadows falling on the leaf in the bottom right. This was taken in the same garden as my anole picture.

Backlit tree leaves

I loved the way these leaves seemed to be dripping from the tree.

Woodland path with light and shade

There is a minor trick to getting this effect – you have to stand where you can block out the sun behind something like a tree trunk or everything gets washed out. I originally took this one for her shadows challenge, but couldn’t resist posting the flowering crab apple instead.

I liked how the twisted silhouettes are counterbalanced by decorative shadows on the woodland path (which include a heart shaped shadow, for anyone else who looks for them).

Shared as part of HeyJude’s Photo Challenge: It’s All About The Light.

As an aside, several people have contacted me to let me know that my posts can’t be shared on Facebook because they have been reported as offensive. Not being on Facebook, I have no way to question this. I take care to make my site a safe, welcoming space and find it ironic that out of all the things I hear are freely shared on Facebook, this website could be considered a problem. After wracking my brains, I can only come up with the fact I sometimes post about leaves and know that the tag was blocked on Instagram at one stage, so wonder if Facebook might also take offence to them. Is anyone else having the same problem with their blog or is it just me?

18 Replies to “Backlit Leaves: All About The Light”

  1. I am not on Facebook or Instagram or anything like that so I cannot speak about them with any authority. I can, however, speak with authority about your blog, and I cannot think of anything that by any stretch could be considered offensive. As my mother would say, “that’s just dumb.” But it’s also a loss for people who can’t see your posts.

    These images are all so interesting to study! I want to get closer and look hard, especially at that second one, which seems very complicated to me. However, my reaction to the last one is quite different: I feel a compulsion to stand on that path and wave my arms around. That is a wonderfully kinetic photo!

    1. Thanks for the endorsement. I like the last one too and being close to the bluebells always helps! Putting these together (from top to bottom: Texas, Mississippi and two from Lancashire), as so often, I’ve been thinking that our experience of the world is not as different as it seems, no matter where we are placed. Different leaves but the same brightness.

  2. These are all lovely shots, but that second one is so intriguing. As it is to learn that your posts are too offensive for FB. The mind boggles.

    1. The second one’s a little hypnotic. I imagine that being too out of kilter for Facebook will some day be a badge of pride.

  3. I’ve given up trying to guess the ‘whys’ and ‘wherefores’ on the internet in general, let alone Facebook.

    Your posts are definitely for general public and if Facebook is prejudiced towards leaves, flowers or any other part of nature, then perhaps it needs to have a change of administrator(s) or get out for a nature walk, instead of being glued to the screen.

    Apparently, WordPress is springing up with some new ghastly editing feature tomorrow (1st June), so the mind boggles with that new feature alone. I’m still using the oldest method of uploading a new post, so if they ‘take that off the table’, I think WordPress has lost another member and I’ll go elsewhere.

    1. I am still on wp-admin too. It has several handy features I like to use. I tried the latest when it was first launched but it was very buggy back then. Hopefully the latest version will get better and better and then we’ll all be happy to use it.

  4. Love leaves! How on earth can that word be considered offensive? Light through leaves, especially new ones is always such a delight, I wish more people would look up when they are outdoors. And yes, getting yourself into the shade to take a shady photo is a must. I am sure people wonder what I am up to as I shuffle around to get into position to take a photo! Thanks for joining me Susan 🙂

  5. I’ve never joined FB, Instagram, or any of those sites, so I have no wisdom to offer about their blocking policies. I can’t imagine what it could be about ‘leaves’ that’s considered offensive, but apparently there’s no questioning the algorithms.

    The last photo’s my favorite, as much for the twisty limbs as the leaves. The trees seem to be dancing.

  6. What. The. Heck. Can’t think of a single reason why Facebook would consider your posts offensive. Wonderful picture of shadow leaves.

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