The light is different in autumn, but I don’t fully understand why. The sun sets in summer, too, and hits the trees at the same low angle before it sets, but autumn light is more vivid. Sure, the color of the trees and the dark skies may play a role, but it’s more likely the light looks so different is the length of time the sun stays low on the horizon. In summer, it quickly dives below the horizon while in fall and winter, the sun sweeps along the horizon for several minutes before it decides to leave.
The old green willow beside Brighton’s City Hall (top and bottom) has seen many autumns come and go and sheltered duck nests May-September this year as it’s done many times before. It’s probably ready for a winter’s nap. These two pictures were taken looking northeast. At the same time, the tall evergreen standing next to Brighton’s pavilion toward the east seems to poke a hole in the clouds to remind us there is a blue sky above them.