Thursday’s Special: Backlit

I have a bit of a gap between now and when my new challenge begins, so when I saw Paula’s TS was backlit I knew exactly which image I wanted to post.

Chinese Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum) has the advantage of being attractive all year round: in spring, when the leaves appear, in autumn when its wonderful, rich leaf colour shines, and throughout the dormant season because of its remarkable bark. When the brilliant deep crimson and scarlet leaves have fallen in late November, the full majesty of the rusty-brown bark, which peels in loose tatters, is revealed. Catching it with the sunlight behind creates this gorgeous orange-cinnamon peel.


12 Comments Add yours

  1. Lucid Gypsy says:

    One of my favourite trees, and this is very lovely just as it is, but I’ve been closing one eye, tilting my head, doing odd things with my hands and seeing an imaginary crop of two thirds of the trunk, to make another stunning image with those fab colours.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I did think about cropping it further, but then thought I’d lose the peeling effect, but yes, you’re right, a tighter crop would work well.

  2. I would never have guessed what this was. What a wonderful photos, and description.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I cropped it down a bit, but have other photos of the entire trunk (several photos of several trees, it seems I keep photographing this in autumn) but none as illuminating as this one.

  3. Paula says:

    This has indisputable abstract quality. I have never seen it before. Excellent capture, Jude 🙂

  4. restlessjo says:

    Wow! Who knew? It looks like cellulose (film) Jude. Fantastic capture 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      The sun really lights it up.

  5. Amazing photo. Everyone has said it above – abstract, I wouldn’t have picked it, stunning colours. What more can I say apart from great photo.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Irene, your comment is very much appreciated 🙂

  6. Anabel Marsh says:

    I too wouldn’t have guessed that was bark – ribbon or tape maybe. It’s beautiful!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ribbon is appropriate, it is amazing how translucent it is when the sun is behind it.

  7. Fabulous shot, Jude. I would never have guessed what it was. 🙂

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