Winter vs Summer Navigation

Winter tree with no leaves

Summer is kinder to the naturalist (and indeed the naturist) in many ways, but not all. This picture shows how both the sun and the shape of the trees’ branches are visible in a way that summer leaves would not allow. It is shortly after noon, we are looking south and the effect of the prevailing southwest winds can be seen in the topmost branches. They have been subtly swept from right to left. The wind effect would be more noticeable looking towards the southeast, but then we would lose the sun and it would make for a duller picture.