Sunlit and golden
Stark in early morning mist
I have mentioned before that it never really looks like winter here in Cape Town, as most of the trees and plants are Evergreen and many bloom beautifully throughout winter.
However, my neighbour’s tree is always a good indication of the seasons as it is deciduous. It stands out in its starkness in the surrounding winter vegetation.
One night it was lit up by the setting evening sunshine and a lovely golden colour, as you can see in the first photo.
Early one morning the light was completely different, bathing the tree in cold blues and turning the branches black, as shown in the second photo.
I love to see the tree swathed in a rare early morning mist. It was difficult to capture this shot as, even though it was misty, I was shooting directly into the sun. This third photo shows the tree in winter white.
Finally, one day the tree was overwhelmed with Red-winged Starlings, all whistling away to each other. I tried to capture them perched on the top most branches. Again it was difficult to get the shot as the light was dim and I was shooting directly into what little sun there was. The fourth and final photo shows the starlings.
Absolutely marvellous to see them all, and even better to hear them.
post script: A flock of starlings is called a murmuration; which is also the name for when they swoop about the sky in large co-ordinated groups.
You can listen to their beautiful whistling here. This is a good audio recording of hundreds of the starlings chattering away to each other, but not a good video. You can also hear the solitary haunting whistle of one bird here. This is what mystified me in my earlier post, The Mysterious Evening Whistler!