The late December light

1oak bank oakI swear I’m not using any filters on these pictures; it’s just December high in the mountains in the Ardeche.

The sun has to come out around 345pm and then blaze for about ten minutes.

Which just gives me time to race to snap a shot of any trees high up on the top terrace.

Here is the oak on the appropriately named oak bank. Just gorgeous. 1iris bank decemberI have been diligently raising the canopy so the shape has improved.

But actually the leaves do it all themselves.

And the smaller hornbeams on the bank above the newly transplanted iris are just on fire with the low December sun glow.

Well the whole mountain is glowing. And so am I.