These photos were taken near the end of what professional photographers refer to as "The Magic Hour" -- the hour before sunset, when the sun is low in the sky and its light magically illuminates everything in golden hues as it changes from second to second. (There's a second "Magic Hour" each morning after sunrise.)
'Bright Edge' yucca (Yucca filamentosa 'Bright Edge') catches the setting sun on its tips.
The fronds of purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum') bathe in the light. This grass isn't even in the ground yet; it's sitting in a pot on my back porch. I replace it after every freeze.
Even Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) tried to catch some golden rays on its leaves. This specimen is in mostly shade near the bird bath. I have another specimen in full sun on a chain link fence. Neither has ever bloomed.
Thanks to Pam at Digging for hosting Foliage Follow-Up. Visit Pam's blog to see more photos of foliage playing in sunlight, shade and everything in between.
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