Still Learning To See

The Bones of the Trees


Today we honor the longest night—and for those not under cloudy skies a marvellous sighting of the conjunction of planets Saturn and Jupiter. But the days, even if short, are special too as here in Vermont we typically head into sunnier times with the low position of the sun providing visual delights too often gone unappreciated: long shadows and slanting, soft light that are a joy.

Another piece of winter light is the silhouetting of the “bones” of trees, bare of leaves and set off against skies, whether gray or blue. Though I love the other seasons as well, there is a special place in my heart for what is often irreverently called “stick season.”


I see it more as the trees reaching their hands up to the heavens!


No matter the way I walk, winter is the time I love to see the bones of trees.


This entry was published on December 21, 2020 at 7:08 pm and is filed under John Snell, John Snell Photographer, Moon, Photograph, Trees, Vermont, Winter, Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “The Bones of the Trees

  1. Dianne Shullenberger on said:

    Beautiful the way you caught the subtle beech leaves tucked in between the trees. I photographed some same images yesterday. D

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