During the British winter months, the distinction between daylight hours and the periods around sunrise and sunset become far subtler than in summer-time, when the contrast couldn’t be more stark. Even so, dawn and dusk remain particularly exciting periods where the photographer’s sought-after hours of ‘golden light’ spill over the horizon; when the still air plays tune to the plethora of morning songsters; when emergence from and preparation for slumber present some of the most exciting possibilities for encounters with wildlife.
Over the last week we have been blessed with particularly clear and settled conditions here in Cornwall, with cold overnight temperatures facilitating that rare event that is so infrequent in the South-West: frost! The sunsets have been absolutely stunning on many an evening, coupled with the still descending of moist air into gentle depressions and valleys in the land, forming those delicate silky pockets of mist that persist until day break. Whilst I have had a fairly busy week and have been working most days, I have managed to venture out like a crepuscular creature for sunrise and sunset, which has provided some superb spectacles as a reward.
Here are some of my favourite morning and evening moments from this week…
After a still night with barely a breath of wind, sub-zero temperatures and moisture-laden air, dawn was one of those breathtaking spectacles as the sun broke the horizon. Taking a walk around the nearby woodland revealed a superb star-burst effect as the light spilled out between tree trunks, and the background accompaniment of the dawn chorus presented an exciting reminder that spring is on its way!
So just a few random highlights from this week, but if you want a take-away message: it is always worth getting up early, and you never know what exactly you might see!