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Crow’s Nest: November light

November 17, 2021

By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager.

Sunrise glowing on autumn trees

Photo: Daniel Barringer

November doesn’t have the peak of fall color that October has, nor the burst of spring and summer wildflowers, but it seems to have a special light all its own. It’s not all gray and brown even though winter is coming and the days are getting shorter. The low angle of the light makes for some reliably spectacular scenes. Above, the view from our porch at dawn; below, sunset through the catalpa tree.

Beautiful sunset through a silhouette of tree branches

Photo: Daniel Barringer

Old barn in autumn

Photo: Daniel Barringer

Above, the clear light puts the barn in a scene of saturated blue sky and green grass framed by the burgundy of American dogwood. Below, a red maple shines red through an opening in a glade of trees and shrubs.

Red maple tree glowing in autumn light

Photo: Daniel Barringer

Trees and sign in low November sunshine

Photo: Daniel Barringer

Above, the low angle of the sun creates dramatic shadows and dark clouds on a sunny day add to the contrast. Below, Force of Nature volunteers glow in late morning sunlight as they return from a morning of cutting vines in a hedgerow. It’s a good month to be outside.

Volunteers walking through a field

Photo: Daniel Barringer

Late day sunlight reflecting off of stored hay wagons

Photo: Daniel Barringer

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