May 17th 2016 – Stormy skies

Another weekend when the weather was not being kind to anyone who is only at home and able to enjoy their gardens at the weekend.  There was some sun, but also stormy skies and thundery showers.  Interesting light for photography though so I thought I’d share a few general views of the garden under leaden skies.

NOT italian blue skies!

NOT italian blue skies!

Suddenly the vertical line of Verbena bonariensis are making their presence felt (Large Island)

Suddenly the vertical line of Verbena bonariensis are making their presence felt (Large Island)

The cypresses I planted a couple of years ago are filling out and becoming a solid reference in the view from the west facing terrace

The cypresses I planted a couple of years ago (on the right of the image) are filling out and becoming a solid reference in the view from the west facing terrace

The light makes the surrounding landscape seem much flatter than it is

The light makes the surrounding landscape seem much flatter than it is

Large Island

Large Island

Do you find you take much better photographs in cloudy conditions?

30 thoughts on “May 17th 2016 – Stormy skies

  1. Yes – definitely better when it’s cloudy. But, unfortunately, it’s strong lighting that I always am inspired to photograph. So heart and head not together. Your Large Island is looking very striking with colour, shape …

    • It has taken some years for the shrubs to reach the heights I envisaged when I planted them so that this year it is looking the way I planned – I love it when a plan comes together!

  2. Gorgeous and in that inhibited light the form is more apparent and you’ve chosen very interesting.plant combinations and subtle tones. I shall look forward to my Veberna bonariensis reaching that height.

    • Often colours look subtle in the strong light but are in fact quite bright. I think about form and texture more than colour as strangely (for me) suddenly I don’t mind the odd clash!

  3. Your garden looks just as beautiful Christina with leaden skies as it does under the blue you normally have in May. Catching the best light for photographs is tricky at this time of year unless you are up at 5 or late in the evening. But with the explosion of plants and so much to do thats how it is currently. Your weather is heading our way and forecast rain here for the next 3 days. Your 3rd photo down of the view through to the path is stunning, what a beautiful path to walk along.

    • It isn’t unusual to have some cold and wet days in May Julie, but this year it has been sustained! There is sun between the showers/downpours and the earth is warm so plants are growing well (as are the weeds) but it is cold at night. We had torrential rain during the night and about 20 miles from here up in the hills (450 metres maybe) there was SNOW which was still on the ground at lunchtime today – I know because a friend sent a photograph.

  4. I love a garden in cloudy conditions and yours is gorgeous. The pathway is inviting to the garden, but my favorite photo is the last one–I love the various greens and grey, combined with the burgundy of the smoke(?) tree.

  5. Lovely atmospheric photos Christina. I love all your silvery foliage against the grey sky. The strong verticals of the cypress trees and the Verbena are wonderful. I always want to take photos when the garden is bathed in sunlight but of course it washes out the colour. Photographers get up at dawn for the best shots. Oh dear, I can’ t see myself managing that.

    • It’s easier to go for dusk! That’s earlier here because we’re much further south than you. I love verticals, it is probably something I emphasize too much.

  6. Hi Christina pictures are beautiful and have a special light to change colors. The gray light up and become stronger. Green cypresses darkens but reflects light. The last picture of the Big Island is wonderful. Thank you very much for showing us the garden with that leaden light, it looks magnificent. Greetings from Margarita.

  7. Yes I do take better pictures in shadow, cloudy days or in early morning light….great pictures and wow those are angry skies.

      • The only explanation I can think of is that the ISO is automatically increased in the phone camera which leads to a lower “quality” of the photograph but this is not necessary a problem overall as you have seen.

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