My favorite time to take pictures of trees, though, is during the late fall and winter when the leaves have fallen. When it does, the tree lights up and pops out of the surrounding stand of trees and low lying bushes. As the sun sank lower on the western horizon, I kept adjusting the shutter speed to compensate for the fading light. I watched the light gradually shift with parts of the stand of trees receding into shadow. The light crept across the frame slowly until it finally illuminated this tree in a golden light.