For the image shown in the first of these Outlands posts, I stood in a little country lane on the county’s boundary, and looked south into Wiltshire.  My picture was of an electrity pylon set in the bleak, winter landscape.  That picture was presented in toned black and white, which I thought emphasised the coldness and desolation of the scene – but that was not the medium to show one important aspect of the view.

For that first picture, and the one above, were taken a few minutes before midday on 7 December – just two weeks before today, the year’s shortest day.  And as shown here, because the sun is so low in the sky at this time of year, there was still a definite trace of sunrise’s (or should that be sunset’s???) warmth in the sky just above the southern horizon.  The camera’s exposure meter has underexposed the sky slightly but I’m going along with that, because it emphasises this pinkish tint a little.

So here we are, today in fact, the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, with the sun as low in the sky as its going to get for another 12 months.  Us “northerners” can look forward to a gradual brightening of our days, and that must be cause for some happiness and good cheer.  For all of you in the south, its mid-summer – and I envy you the warmth and light!

I wish you all, whichever hemisphere you are in, a very good Christmas and New Year.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window.

X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 400 ISO.




About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. Very nice! Here’s to the longer days ahead. All the best for the holidays.


  2. Meanderer says:

    A very dramatic image to mark the Winter Solstice, Adrian; somehow dystopian.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I had to google dystopian, its always interesting communicating with Your Goodself >>> but I do see exactly what you mean … now … the pylon is threatening, isn’t it, standing four-square, inhuman, inplacable (sic) and inafield … but I’m still very taken with its barbed wire garters, bit of a fashion tip there I think …

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  3. Love love love this! These Outland photos are fantastic!
    (P. S. Got your card and email. Lots going on but I’m fine. Will respond soon but THANK YOU!)
    XXX ❤ ATP ❤ XXX


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      ATP, thank you very much!!! And very glad you got the card – my other overseas recipients have received their’s too, so my fears about the postbox were groundless. But don’t think these Outlands images are all going to look the same, they’re not! A very good Christmas and New Y rear to you! ATP xxxxXXXXXXXXXXXX!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. paula graham says:

    Simple , but oh so striking shot…again demonstrating it can all be found on your doorstep.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, my friend – yes, its all around us >>> but you and I know that we can’t always see it!!! I’m glad you like this. And by the way >>> a very good Christmas and New Year to you, all best wishes! A 🙂 xxx


  5. Same wishes for you Adrian! Keep’m sharp, or unsharp if desired.. 🙂


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