We have been blessed with extraordinary stretches of sunny and partly sunny skies in northwestern Hungary this winter, which has created an exquisite quality of light, particularly in the late afternoon, just before and shortly after sunset, when the horizon glows in captivating bars of deep orange or rich amber occasionally flecked by spots of pink and yellow that illuminate nearby clouds. It is a quality of light the Hungarian painter László Mednyánszky was so adept at capturing in his landscapes.
The recent stretches of sunny skies in this part of the world ensures a real life Mednyánaszky painting every afternoon at sunset. Needless to say, I have been going out of my way to ensure I am outside for a walk as dusk approaches. The other day, a ridge of clouds provided a parallel border with the horizon, which created a particularly breathtaking effect best illustrated by the György Lantos landscape below.
But the light at dusk in this part of the world this winter also emits a wonderfully warm glow that embraces everything it touches, as demonstrated by the photograph below, taken while I was exploring southern Hungary with my family during Christmas. I love the way the light here practically lights the leaves on the trees in the background on fire.
I am doing my best to make the most of this rather unexpected gift we have been given in this part of the world this year, knowing full well that dreary, gray days filled with fog obscuring and diffusing all sense of light are likely just around the corner.
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