GOLDEN TREES AND THE ROAD HOME – CEE’S WHICH WAY PHOTOS – Garry & Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

I had forgotten about these pictures. I have never seen this happen to trees, but something was going on with the sun filtering through the clouds and the naked trees. It was a year ago last March. I never did anything with the pictures.

Full golden trees
Sky and almost home – Route 146

Last night, I wanted to use one of them and realized my processing had advanced a great deal since I’d taken the pictures. I went back and realized most of them had never been processed at all.

Almost the end of the road and nearly night – I think maybe Garry really took this one. Usually, we use different cameras, so it’s easy to tell, but this time, we were sharing one.
Golden trees while coming home

Most (not all, but most) were taken through the window of the car, so they were a bit distorted from that. A few were taken when we got off route 146 and were only a mile from home.

We parked as soon as we exited Rt. 146 and we started handing the camera back and forth. I think I took this one, but it might have been Garry.
This was when I realized the light was doing something amazing to the trees. I took all the shots through the car window because Garry was driving. We pulled off as soon as we could safely do so.

So all of these are from the same drive. The gold in the trees was a natural thing and had something to do with the color of the clouds, which were quite dark. It was also just about the vernal equinox when the colors seem strange and we have the most exciting sunrises and sunsets.

Garry shot this of the overpass over Chocolog Road.
Route 146 crossing Chocolog Road in Uxbridge

I have never seen the sun do this to the trees before or since. No idea what happened, but I’m very glad I was able to catch it on camera. I should mention that no amount of sharpening makes the trees look normal. It was a play of light and the branches seem to be glowing.

Bridge and the fading light

Also, notice that the trees have no leaves. The glow around them makes them look like they have leaves, but other than fir trees, everything is bare.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. Retired! Yay!

8 thoughts on “GOLDEN TREES AND THE ROAD HOME – CEE’S WHICH WAY PHOTOS – Garry & Marilyn Armstrong”

    1. I’ve never seen this before or since. I’ve seen pink and purple through clouds, but this was really quite unreal. It was like the tops of all the trees had been painted with gold! I’m sure it WAS the clouds … but those were some clouds!

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    1. The light was entirely natural. We’d been driving a couple of hours and were maybe 45 minutes from home and I realized something strange was happening. I told Garry something weird was happening with the light and the trees. It lasted almost until we were home. Got much brighter and then gradually faded. Gone by the time we were home … about five minutes after Garry took those final pictures when we pulled off the road. All the pictures seem fuzzy, possibly because the lens wasn’t fast enough, but also because the light made the branches glow so you couldn’t get a fine line on them. I may never see that light again, so I’m glad I had a camera!

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