Ditchling Common in December

I hadn’t been to Ditchling Common in December before and was surprised to see frost and ice on the ground on a day when it must have been about 10 degrees warmer in Brighton and which still hadn’t melted by sunset. The light faded quickly in late afternoon and just as I was leaving, I caught sight of bare stalks of cow parsley, devoid of seeds, standing out graphically against the winter sky.


Canon 5D Mark II EF 100 mm f2.8 macro L lens, 1/100 @ f2.8 ISO 200

The sun had set leaving a band of orange against the horizon but an aperture of f2.8 created an orange disc behind the silhouetted cow parsley giving the appearance of a setting sun.

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