Sun’s Special Light

“Sun’s Special Light”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Sun back lighting flowers and plants is always so striking.  Now with the sun at a lower angle, the opportunity for capturing a backlighted subject is greater.  I have to leave for work very early in the morning, and now that daylight savings time is over, it is still dark, so that leaves the weekends as the only time to get up early and stroll around the garden with the camera.  This morning, the sun was just starting to break and this allowed some great “sun” photos.

Since I am just starting to try to take photos of backlighted subjects, I was pleased with my first attempts.

Wh Sasanqua w Sun (redu)



This unknown sasanqua was my best attempt at this technique.  The sun really cooperated with the lighting here.  The next photo is not as dramatic, but the Mexican bush sage really stands out in the garden with the sun seeming to light it from within.

Mex B Sage w sun (redu)



The sun seems to rise so quickly that the correct angle for back lighting is soon gone, but that doesn’t mean that the sun isn’t still giving me a chance to take a good photo.  The cassia tree is in full bloom now and with the early morning sun flooding the area with light, a good close up of the flowers is possible.



Cassia Clsp (redu)


The sun’s light sure seemed to set off the garden today.



  1. Joel The Urban Gardener said,

    November 14, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    The backlit flower is a great concept to put variety in your garden images -wish I had thought of it. Great to find you on Blotanical.

  2. Janet said,

    November 15, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Morning Jan, thanks so much for your comment on my blog. Appreciate the visit. I know you have had to endure far more severe storms than I. Not sure how you do it. My nerves are shot.
    Was hoping someone was able to ID your pretty Camellia. I do like the backlighting. very nice!

  3. Sweet Bay said,

    November 15, 2009 at 8:23 am

    The shot of the Cassia is really beautiful.

  4. calann621 said,

    November 15, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    I am in love with your sasanqua. My father was a great passalong gardener too. In later years he had daffodils lining the front of his property, all gathered during his hunting trips, long walks, etc., from abandoned farms and the like in Alabama and Tennessee. With permission, of course. He couldn’t bear to see them lost. They were fabulous. Much more beautiful than the modern bought ones.

  5. donna said,

    November 16, 2009 at 5:05 am

    I’ve seen Mexican bush sage on many blogs lately. One prettier than the next. Nice photos.

  6. Melody said,

    November 16, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I think the flowers of the Mexican Bush Sage look like jewels with the light behind them. It is one of my favorite plants and your picture shows why.

  7. Lana said,

    November 18, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Backlit plants & flowers are so cool. Really hard to photograph well, though. I’m still trying to figure out that trick, myself. Kudos on your shots!

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