The sun has finally broken through the mist and caught the golden leaves of the cherry trees.


parc de sceaux cerisiers automne


The low sun makes the translucent leaves glow in a contre-jour view.

(This image is a record but it doesn’t capture the full picture)



Fallen leaves in dappled shadow add foreground detail while the distant view is a bright haze.

(I tried a low angled view to catch the leaves, the lush grass and the hazy light through the distant trees, but I didn’t quite work out where I was focussing)



Some older trees with buttressed trunks stand out as distinctive silhouettes.

(The old tree gives foreground interest but this image loses the detail of the leaves and the distant hazy view)


parc de sceaux cerisiers automne


Maybe this image is the best compromise.  A strong silhouette, a carpet of leaves and a sense of distance.  Which do you prefer?

The Weekly Photo Challenge is Experimental.

These cherry trees in Parc de Sceaux are planted and maintained like an orchard but they are ornamental rather than productive so the space is technically a bosquet. Either way the trees are spectacular in autumn and must be more so when in flower.  Fifteen minutes by train from central Paris, it’s a popular place with the local Japanese community for the hanami or celebration of cherry blossom.