In Defense of Winter

February 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Beautiful snow fall last night left us with about 8 inches of fresh, clean whiteness on top of what was already there. And it’s snowing again; but I digress…

Snow coating the trees and branchesSnow painting

It seems that since I started really concentrating on my photography winter has become more and more beautiful and less and less of a chore to survive. The snowshoes and cross-country skis have resurfaced after being stored for several years and I find myself hoping for “just one more snowstorm”.

Opening in the treesThe Hiding Place

 One of the things I love about winter is the way the snow changes the whole look of the world around us. The blue of the sky seems different. The brown bark stands out in stark contrast to the snow and becomes a dominant color complimenting the blue in the sky and the dark green evergreens. And the textures – oh, my – the textures.  Again, bark and branches and dirt roads, all which seem to have a supporting role in the tapestry of summer, have their opportunity to shine in the winter.

The Beauty of Bark

So, this morning I strapped on the snowshoes and set out around the property behind our house. I took my 50mm instead of my usual zoom because I wanted to focus on texture and lines rather than large or distant vistas. I was glad, though, that I stuck my wide-angle in my backpack, because there were a couple of “Narnia” scenes I could not resist.

Sumac and snowSumac and Snow The MazeThe Maze

Oh, what a glorious morning!

Hat on ski poles in the snowTrail's rest


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