Thursday, November 19, 2009


Theme Thursday is usually a nicely low-maintenance post for me, I tend to trawl through my photo-archive and theres generally something there which I can argue is relevant.

But this one had me stumped for a while.

Until the magic hour occurred to me - the hour before dusk when the light is transforming, enchanting and golden - or sometimes silver - and the shadows are long.... Along with the hour after dawn - often the best times for photography.

So - here are some photos taken late in the day - late sunshine and shadows:

Havre des pas in Jersey, Channel Islands

le Hocq in Jersey, Channel Islands

in Ipswich, Suffolk

Royal Victoria Docks, East London

the Regents Canal, North-East London


Dumdad said...

The cemetery shot, of course, is perfect as all the inhabitants are late...

Ronda Laveen said...

These "late" shots are quite beautiful. You are right about the light.

SueG said...

Theses are wonderful! Thanks.

Barbara said...

I can't think of a better way to depict LATE. Exquisite pictures.

Brian Miller said...

really beautiful lettuce. the graves a tad sobering to keep us grounded. the first is my fav i think.

happy tt!

Betsy said...

That last picture is gorgeous. There's just something about the early evening sun...long shadows and beautiful light.

Shammickite said...

I love Dumdad's comment!
And I love that last shot of the canal.

R said...

Simply gorgeous Sally!! How far are these places apart? You must've taken these in the span of at least several days. Yeah?

I think I like the silvery and the warm shots the best! :-) Take care my friend.

Alan Burnett said...

Some wonderful pictures there. I love the light effects late in the day. Thanks for sharing them - TT greetings to you.

Poetikat said...

This is really hitting home with me lettuce. We are putting the quote "In sunshine or in shadow" (from his beloved, "Danny Boy") on my father's headstone. Not only one of your images has brought this to mind.


R.J. Edwards said...

Beautiful pictures. I love the shadowing effects in all of them, but especially the cemetery one.

Jill said...

TRULY beautiful shots...and the time of day that makes me long to sit and relax.

AngelMay said...

LOVED these photos. Have not been to the channel islands but would love to go someday.

ArtSparker said...

Beautfiul perspectives. My favorite time to take pictures. The red ball on the beach is quite ominous and brings to mind the smotherballs of "The Prisoner". The Regents Canal photo is exceptional, the glimmering of the solid buildings.

Liza said...

OMG these are INCREDIBLE photos. Thank you so much for sharing. I love them!!!
Happy tt.

Stephanie said...

The light in the Regents Canal is stunning.

Wings said...

Great pics all!

Akelamalu said...

WOW great shots. I absolutely love the first one - I'd love to be walking along that beach.

JeffScape said...

Love that Channel Islands photo.

Roy said...

Some great "magic hour" shots, Lettuce! And that Regents Canal shot is downright painterly. God work!

Colette Amelia said...

Wow! stunning you rose to the challenge and conquered! Wonderful!

Lynne said...

Lovely light in all of them but the last on in Regents Canal is my fav. Love the quivery reflection!

goatman said...

I hadn't realized that London had canals. What a treat to walk along that stone path and ponder the life when the canal was built.
If We ever get to London, this will be a sure stop to witness.

Kris said...

Me likes!

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Baino said...

Lovely Lettuce I especially like the canal shot. I took half a dozen shots over the wing of the plane coming home yesterday watching the sky turn, it was lovely. Sorry, I'm late getting around these days.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

wonderful take on the theme, I was away so didn't play. I'm late getting around to checking out the tt players.

I expressed a sigh of relief when I realized I wouldn't have time to play as I was hung up on 'being late' and of course that was stumping me.

all the photos are wonderful but I particularly like the cemetery and the one of regents canal

John Eaton said...

Absolutely lovely shots.

All the best.

dennis said...

Dennis wants that red ball

Gary said...

All of the photos are wonderful but the top photo literally took my breath away. I do not know why exactly but have been trying to figure it out. Maybe it is the longing to be somewhere peaceful like that or an internal reaction to the cold I feel depicted in it (was it cold?) or something else? Hmmmm....


lettuce said...

yes dumdad, and I'm late! i'm so late in responding to your comments and visiting your blogs.... oh dear.

thanks for all your nice comments.
Robert - these were taken at very different times, spread across oh, months at least.

Kat thats a lovely epitaph.

Artsparker, yes! it was called "Rover" wasn't it?

Goatman, let me know if you do make it over, I'd love to show you and explore with you. London's canals are one of its hidden treasures, its like a secret world down there.

Baino and Kimy - not as late as me!

Gary as I remember it was only a little chilly...

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