During winter, with the sun's low angle, light streams into the house, picking out details, shining on edges, highlighting hidden corners. Last winter I did a series of still life photos titled "Winter Light", and with this post, I continue. Each fall I pick stems of plants that have decorative seedheads for indoor display, hang them to dry, then place them in vases. One of my favorites is Cimicifuga atropurpurea, whose long, arching stems are made up of hundreds of tiny seeds, delicately colored violet and green. Light catches on the small parts, dancing and lilting on thin, ending curves.
The dried leaves of this beautiful weed curl and cavort in light, while the translucent glass is majestic and subdued, stems partially revealed.
Thermopsis is another tall plant, with pea-like yellow flowers that mature into long, narrow seedpods. The quality of light on these pods is soft with the furry surface, gentling their rigid character. Is is surprising we long for sun, and this glorious light, during the short winter days?