Scene In A Different Light

There's a certain slant of light...

I could try to explain to you just how lovely the late afternoon light was today — how the chestnut browns and warm ochres of grasses glistened like ice…how the power lines shone like dew on morning webs, sagging into the distance…or how naked trees reached fingers to brush charcoal skies — but I would fail miserably.  And Emily Dickinson said it best.

“There’s a certain slant of light, on winter afternoons…When it comes, the landscape listens, shadows hold their breath…”


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

15 thoughts on “Scene In A Different Light”

  1. Nancy, this is like a photo of light, not substance. And Emily’s words are so inspired. This is what I love about words, perfectly uttered. They raise our consciousness, force us to slow down and breathe deeply.

    Thank you for this pause in my morning.

  2. I, too, love that Emily Dickinson quote. The reason I started taking photography seriously was (and still is) an attempt to capture the quality of light as it changes through the seasons. I can’t say that I have been very successful at it, but it doesn’t stop me from trying ;)

  3. Apparently, that late afternoon light didn’t make it to Colchester or Hants Counties whilst I was going through today. But I’m glad you saw some, even if briefly, sometime recently. I live in hope of seeing the sun again.

  4. Nancy I also love this light as well .. but it never seems to translate to it’s full potential in my shots either .. I don’t know why that is other than our eyes are so much more detailed than a camera can be ? .. But that light .. that glow .. it is truly amazing isn’t it ?
    This picture is wonderful : )
    We have very gray, very cloudy skies with a very angry wind whipping its way through Kingston .. the kind of day you are glad to stay in your pajamas ! LOL
    Joy : )

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