Solstice mysteries

Posted: December 21st, 2009 under photography, Plantlife.
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Who’s this???  Looking out the window to the orchard, in the light of midWinter, this mysterious figure appeared.   We knew what it had to be, but it didn’t look like that–it looked like someone wearing a hooded habit.

It’s the stump of a peach tree.   Most times of the year it looks like a stump.  Only the particular low slanting light near the Solstice brings out this view.

Out in the front yard, one of the rusty blackhaw viburnums had fruit on its lower limbs and at the very top had this:


In the creek woods (but it was too dark for a good picture) one of  the young viburnums still has brilliantly red leaves, while the yard viburnums dropped theirs long ago.  I did not expect viburnum flowers this time of year!


  • Comment by cdozo — December 21, 2009 @ 7:51 pm


    That’s cool!

  • Comment by Doranna — December 21, 2009 @ 9:58 pm


    There’s a particular time of year (this slanty sun time of year), a particular time of day, and a particular angle of approach…and if you get it all right, you can see a big Beagle face on the east end of Mt Eldon in Flagstaff. Seriously! It’s perfect! Especially with a light dusting of snow…

  • Comment by Kristine — December 22, 2009 @ 7:13 am


    That is eerie. But very appropriate. If it had been an oak stump, I’d really be wondering.

  • Comment by elizabeth — December 23, 2009 @ 11:25 am


    Why an oak stump in particular?

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