Over landscape sculpted by winter
A veil cast of simplicity
Snow blanketing last fall’s leaves
Bracing wind, hunkered down
No voices ring out
The morning’s first light,
Forest stripped of snowy bows-
A bird soars above.
blue [blo͞o]an effect of light with a wavelength between 450-500 nanometers
It’s been a week of blue. From the polls to the skies to the frozen lakes shimmering in the early morning sun.
Be kind to one another.
balanced [ˈbalənst]a state of equilibrium
Whether or not you’re a fan…it’s here. This year on top of the added stresses the holiday season brings, we have Covid numbers increasing and early season snowfall! It’s the perfect time to think about balance. It’s tempting to jump on the 2020 Year from Hell bandwagon but when I think about it, I can find many things to be grateful for. If you’re finding that difficult to do I highly recommend taking one photo a day. It doesn’t have to be an incredible shot either. It’s the intention being set, the routine being followed; a purpose for the day that you will look beyond the disconnect and make a connection with something. It may not happen overnight but that one little gesture, one photo, can change your mindset and with that, bring balance.
[stärk] starkbare in appearance or outline
When nothing compares to the silence and you’re the first tracks on a winter morning as falling snow shrouds the mountains.
pattern [ˈpadərn]a repeated decorative design
Nature tells us everything that we need to know if we take time to study it. This might be one of my favorite ice views, sculpted by bitter cold and intense winds. Well worth the icy fingertips…
This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
Henry David Thoreau
The wind chill was -29 degrees Celsius, -20 Farenheit. Bitterly cold and bone chilling but as we descended into the valley I couldn’t resist jumping out to capture this minimalist landscape.
The hills were reminiscent of waves and I was reminded of my times at sea. Only during winter could a prairie landscape take on the characteristics of the ocean.
Nature is amazing…make time for it.
What’s really important is to simplify. The work of most photographers would be improved immensely if they could do one thing: get rid of the extraneous. If you strive for simplicity, you are more likely to reach the viewer.
William Albert Allard
One of the reasons that I absolutely love winter photography! It’s like having a clean canvas, uncluttered and primed.
Today was bitterly cold with periods of heavy snow but it was also the perfect day to spot pheasants: often overlooked as they blend so easily into ground vegetation.
Freezing fingers, wet gear…all so worth it! I believe that’s part of the magic of photography. Heading outdoors with no expectations and finding a little magic somewhere.
And tired out dogs…that’s a good thing too.
in me comes out.
Water is the key to life, but in frozen form, it is a latent force. And when it vanishes, Earth becomes Mars.
As temperatures continue to plummet all over the country I wanted to take a closer look at this image from a frozen spring fed lake.
It was captivating to stroll on the ice looking deep into its depths at the frozen tableau.
It feeds my fascination with water and how nothing is ever the same and each encounter shares something new.
This was congelation ice that forms underneath an existing layer of ice, building off the bottom. Then when the top layer melts, the clarity of the ice below is revealed.
And once again the natural world parallels human nature. Sometimes what you see on the surface doesn’t come close to what lies beneath…