Thursday, November 3, 2011


At this time of the year, every drop of sunlight is delicious but it's particularly enticing during the late afternoon - those golden hours which bathe everything in deep, rich colour.

I took advantage of that precious sunlight with all of the photos below. I hope you enjoy them.

leaf tip
The tip of this autumn leaf was peeking out of the shade and into the sunlight.

There are a number of apple trees around my local park - many of them edible - some of those without worms.

This lovely blossom is called Indian Balsam or Touch Me Nots. At the slightest touch, the pods burst open to reveal their seeds.

cedar frond
Cedars are beautiful in all seasons, even when their fronds have lost their fresh, green colour, and especially when saturated with sunlight.

Luscious, red Hawthorn berries - brilliant in the autumn light.

Autumn Joy (Sedum) enjoys basking in the sunlight which pours into my front yard.

chicory bud
A tiny, deep blue chicory blossom glows in the afternoon sunshine.


Anonymous said...

Just the perfect amount of light. Your posts and photos never fail to enlighten me. Have a wonderful day!

Anvilcloud said...

Great eye as per usual. Great photos too -- also as per usual.

Clare Dunn said...

Gorgeous, Gorgeous!!!

xoxoxo, cd

nick said...

Nice. BTW I miss your original profile photo - it had a very relective, artistic look about it

Gary's third pottery blog said...

oh gosh, wow! the apple one really pops doesn't it?

Bonnie Zieman, M.Ed. said...

Glorious Hilary. When will your coffee table book be coming out?

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Such beauty in the simple things.

Indrani said...

You make full use of the little light you get on your subjects. :) Fantastic captures.

Anyes said...

With photography, light certainly plays a big role. You always know how to find it Hilary :-)

DJan said...

Well, you know how I feel about your artistry. Beautiful pictures, every last one.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Another beautiful post, Hilary.

Steve Gravano said...

You have captured the light with such beauty in these.

Country Girl said...

Oh, my stars. These are incredible, Hilary. The colors are rich and lustrous and the light - it is just exquisite.

Slamdunk said...

Wonderful Hilary.

I had to Google the Indian Balsams to see more.

Daryl said...

More macro fun .. and playing with light ... lovely

Unknown said...

That first picture, especially, is just spectacular. Wow!

OmaLindasOldeBaggsandStuftShirts said...

I adore the photo of the cedar. Just gorgeous. Oma Linda

messymimi said...

Thank you, it's gray and wet today, and you gave me sunshine!

Dawn said...

Just beautiful! I love the light at times as these. It makes you feel as though you are in some amazing world. Lovely!

Brian Miller said...

hilary that sunlight on the pine is amazing....gosh it really is awe-inspiring...nice pics....

TexWisGirl said...

i love that cedar branch. just glory in a photo!

Frank Baron said...

Very pretty. Like the photographer. :)

Anonymous said...

Absolutely deliciously stunning and magical shots!

ellen abbott said...

beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. love the shot of the apple.

Bob Bushell said...

This is nature at its best, the colours are excellent. Brilliant photos.

Joanna Jenkins said...

So nice, Hilary. I'm always disappointed when Daylight Savings Time switches back (this Sunday) and the days shorten and the light is minimized. You captured the last morsels of the day perfectly.
xo jj

L. D. said...

They are wonderful photos. I have never tried that before but will keep an eye out for lighted subjects.

Anonymous said...

Now I want a camera to take my own photos. (:

ds said...

Oh, so beautiful. I love the leaf and the cedar especially--they glow. Gorgeous, all. Thank you.

Maggie May said...

Just wonderful.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Cloudia said...

all glorious, but the first gave me soul shudders!

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holdingmoments said...

You found some beautiful light there Hilary.
The apple and the sedum are outstanding.

Tabor said...

Looked at your photos and I am enjoying the heck out of myself!

Karen said...

Oooing and ahhing as usual! Love the cedar branch. I wouldn't have thought to take that. Great.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful captures! That chicory blue is heavenly!

Donna said...

OHHHHhhhh! I just want to come an dfollow you around for a day with your camera so I can see what you do and how you do it!! The photos are ALL just phenomenol...but I love the first one the best. It just took my breath away!! HOW do you do it?? What kind of camera and what settings?? So good.

Red said...

Always a treat to see what eou come up with. Super how you string it out and make us think of examples we've seen and not photographed.

Out on the prairie said...

That first shot is breathtaking.Lovely thoughts and recognition during a stressful week.

Hilary said...

• Diane, thanks so much. :)

• AC, thank you. I hope you're feeling better today. :)

• Thank you, thank you, Clare. :)

• Nick, thanks. It was also about 4 years old so I thought I should update. :)

• Gary, sunlight will do that to things. :)

• Bonnie, I truly had plans to work on putting a self-published book together this past summer but time got away from me. Maybe one day. :)

• There is indeed, Denise. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Indrani, thank you kindly. :)

• Anyes, thank you. It's all about light and shadow. :)

• DJan, thank you kindly. You're an ego-booster. :)

• Linda, thanks, my friend. :)

• Thank you, Steve. :)

• Kate, thank you kindly. That means so much to me coming from you. :)

• Slamdunk, thank you. They're a cool plant, aren't they? :)

• Daryl, thank you my good friend. :)

• Thank you, Susan. :)

• Thanks, Oma Linda. I'm glad you like it. :)

• MessyMimi, I'm glad I could give you a colour boost. :)

• Dawn, aren't we all in some amazing world? ;) I'm glad you like them. :)

Hilary said...

• Brian, thank you so much. It pleases me to know that you enjoyed them. :)

• Tex, thank you so kindly. :)

• Frank, you make me blush. Please continue.. ;)

• Thanks so much, Lady Fi. :)

• Ellen, thank you, thank you, thank you. I'm glad you stopped by. :)

• Bob, thanks very kindly. Much appreciated. :)

• Joanna, thank you. I like the way you put that.. "the last morsels of the day." I might have to steal that. ;)

• Larry, thank you. I'm sure you'll start noticing them everywhere now. Use a fast shutter speed and you'll be happy with the results. :)

• My 2 Pesos, I hope you get one soon. Photography is a lot of fun. :)

• Thanks so much, DS. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed them. :)

• Thank you, Maggie May. :)

• Cloudia, "soul shudders!" I love that. Thank you. :)

• Keith, thank you kindly. That means a lot to me coming from you. :)

• Tabor, well what could be better than that? Thanks .. so glad to hear it. :)

• Thank you, Karen. I ususally snap first and think later. ;)

• Thanks, Barbara. It was such a tiny bud and so rich in colour. It begged to be photographed. I'm glad you like it. :)

• Donna, thank you so kindly. You would be most welcomed to join me. My camera is a Canon EOS 50D and most of these.. maybe all of them were taken with a 100mm Macro lens. I find that rich golden sunlight and set the shutter speed higher than usual. That's about it for these. I'm glad you like them and I hope you'll give it a try sometime. :)

• Red, thank you. That's a very nice compliment. Much appreciated. :)

• Steve, thank you. I hope you get the chance to relax a bit. Thanks for stopping by. :)

yaya said...

So beautiful! Our flowers are all gone because of the frosts we've had. Thanks for sharing!

Anita said...

Yes, I did enjoy them!

Illumination is a perfect title for this post. The special glow lights up each photo as well as my senses.

Kerry said...

These are breathtaking, Hilary. I thought the 1st one, the leaf, would be my fave, but actually I think it was the cedar that finally did it for me.

King of New York Hacks said...

ummm....WOW doesn't seem sufficient Hilary...Mega Wow...there, that works. :-)

Mental P Mama said...

The prettiest light of the whole year. And you capture it perfectly. Of course;)

MaggieGem said...

Awesome macros! Perfect light!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

What a beautiful series Hilary! Loved every single shot.

Kerri Farley said...

~ Perfection ~

DWei said...

The lighting on these are just lovely.

Nancy said...

I love these. The way light makes things come alive is awesome.

Cricket said...

Aaagh. I returned yesterday to do the potw thing, which I did, then forgot to stop back here.

Is "Autumn Joy" a fancy name for "thistle?" Sure looks like one to me, though scale in these close ups can be hard to come by.

I had a gf back in the day who, in a... um.... chemically enhanced moment, decided to crawl around the park eating the thistle tops, grazing style. She was rawther fond of the color purple, y'see. It didn't hurt her any, I suppose.

And, continuing with that psychedelic theme, how about Illuminations, by Santana and Alice Coltrane?

Friko said...

glorious! What more can I say?

Tammie Lee said...

precious sunlight makes precious photographs, lovely to see through your lens and eyes

SandyCarlson said...

I love what you have done with light and color here. I love these shots.

Claudya Martinez said...

You make me see magic.

Dave said...

Excellent pictures Hilary. I never thought of using light like that. Well done! - Dave

Unspoken said...

I love the cedars. Sun is precious here. BUT it has stayed around longer than usual. I like your catches of it!

Jeff said...

Lovely line: "every drop of sunlight is delicious"

I love the late afternoon light, but late fall and into the winter it is especially sweet. Beautiful photos.

Shrinky said...

Hilary, you have such a talent, and what a feast you've brought us on. These images are devine, so crisp, alive and esquisite, your lens brings us far more and better than our megre eyes can see, and it's always such a delight to be in here.

(Btw, thank you so much for taking the trouble to let me know about the troubles on my site, it helped to make sense to me of the lack of comments I had. I've reverted back to my original layout now, and am far happier for doing so!)

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful shots, you capture the light beautifully.

Hilary said...

• Yaya, thank you. We've had a few frosts now, and still a few wildflowers remain. The heartier ones. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Anita, thank you so much for your kind words. They're very much appreciated. :)

• Kerry, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• King, mega thank you. :)

• Thanks, MPM. You're too kind. :)

• Thanks kindly, MaggieGem. :)

• Elizabeth, thanks so much for letting me know. :)

• Thank you, Kerri. :)

• Welcome, DWei, and thanks very much for the kind words. :)

• Nancy, thank you kindly. Very much appreciated. :)

• Cricket, I'm glad I'm not the only forgetful one around here. ;) Autumn Joy is the sedum plant.. no thorns nor barbs on it. The plant looks something like a broccoli throughout the summer then as the tips begin to open, they're light pink, deepening to a warm rusty pink in autumn. Your former girlfriend probably prefers to forget that episode. Who knew that you could taste purple? Illuminations works for me. Thanks, my friend. :)

• Friko, not a thing more. Thank you. :)

• Tammie Lee, thanks very much. :)

• Thanks, Sandy. It's always lovely to see you drop by. :)

• Mami, that's such a nice thing to say. Thank you. :)

• Thank you, Dave. I'm glad you like them. :)

• Amy, the more sun we get, the happier I am. I'm holding onto it. Thanks for your visit. :)

• Jeff, those hours are quite short-lived at this time of year, and into the winter, as you said, which makes it every bit more precious. Thanks for your kind words. :)

• Shrinky, you're much too kind, and I love every word of it. ;) Thank you so much for your encouraging words. They mean a lot to me. I'm sorry you had to abandon the layout you wanted but if you weren't getting all of the comments you so richly deserved, it just wasn't right. I suppose when Blogger works out all the bugs, you can try again. I find the layout odd though.. photos just start appearing out of nowhere. I don't know if that too is a bug or if I'm just resistant to the change. ;)

• Welcome, Gillian and thank you kindly for your sweet comment. Very much appreciated. :)

Zuzana said...

So beautiful, so many colours. Indeed, colours really depend on light, thus enjoyed the meaning in this one.;)

Anonymous said...

So beautiful!

lime said...

oh i think i would like to see a touch me not in person. lovely shots as always.

Betty Manousos said...

wow! absolutely delicious shots!
i especially loved the leaf and the apple!

i'm so impressed! loving your photography!!

betty xo

Hilary said...

• Thanks for your colourful comment, Zuzana. :)

• Thank you, Karen. :)

• Lime, one more reason to come to Canada. :)

• Thanks so kindly, Betty. Very much appreciated. :)