can go long way.
Week 2 – Landscape. I’ve really been feeling a bit uninspired… Last week rain, this week it has been reeealy cold and getting myself to get out there and go some where… nope, just too easy to stay put where it’s warm and dry. And then! We got a dusting of snow ~ a game changer. I wasn’t even really looking for that landscape when I took the dogs for their walk. It’s a usual path, pretty brown, nothing really ever jumps out and says take my picture (unless one of the dogs does something cute), but with just a dusting of frozen white (and the first of the season), the usual path was transformed. With dogs in tow, I took a couple shots with my phone ~ actually a few more than a couple, because (a) I cannot see the screen on my phone when my transitions darken, and (b) insurance that I am holding my phone steady enough – a challenge also when holding two dogs. Fingers now sufficiently frozen, we turned to head home and then there it was… the pond, frozen, with these large circles of ice where the snow did not stick, making a beautiful design all across the pond. Fingers too frozen to break out my phone again and the sun still too strong (talk about blown highlights), I knew I had to revisit it later that afternoon without two dogs and fingers thawed and crossed that my timing would be right and the sun wouldn’t warm things up enough to change the ice patterns. Almost 4:00, I was pretty sure I missed my opportunity (and the sun on the pond), but I was all bundled up, so what the heck – maybe I would see something else I hadn’t seen earlier. But oh my! When I got to my destination, the sun was hitting the pond like a stone skimming across the water and all those circles were now glistening discs. Andif that weren’t enough, I had a backdrop of wispy winter clouds and a touch of beautiful blue sky ~ I have my landscape.
It just goes to show, you don’t have to travel great distances or visit far off places to see something unique, you just need to allow yourself to see… wherever you might be.
Until next time,
That is with all this white stuff. . . snow. I love when the snow falls and how the world outside seems to shut down. . . even if just for a few hours.
I hate the panic and madness that sets in days prior because the world as we know it just might have to shut down for a few hours.
I love how everything goes from a dingy and lifeless landscape to being covered with a pristine and silky white coating.
I hate how the edges of all roads turn black after the salt trucks and plows come through.
I love how my dogs love to play in it. . . all boundaries are gone! And even though our pristine yard lasts all of 2 seconds after I open the door to let them out, I love throwing snow balls and chasing them to help them mess it up even more.
I hate how it takes them twice as long…and what feels like forever in sub-0 temps…to find a place to do their business.
And now another element to this love-hate thing . . . ice! Last week’s ice storm here, where they’ve dubbed this area as the hardest hit and I think I heard some newscaster say worse than what Sandy brought us, has added a whole new dimension that flips things to hate ~ love. I hate how an icy forecast sends shivers down my spine. My house sits under a towering big old oak (and a few other big trees around the property) and although in 20 years it has given us no trouble… just how lucky can we continue to be? But, as much as I hate how unnerving an ice storm can be and to know I have to say goodbye to that old oak (better by man’s hands than mother-nature’s), I love when the sun finally comes out (and the electricity back on) because it really is a a magical site to see. . . where trees, even the broken ones, sparkle like chandeliers, and the ground is covered with glistening shards of glass-like crystals that have fallen from the trees. Mother Nature’s idea of bling. . .
Today started as a frigid but sunny day; but as I get ready to post this, the sky is slowly going gray. These are some of the headlines for this area’s forecast come tomorrow . . . “Catastrophic’ Storm Moving Up the East Coast” and Nor’easter to Hammer DC, Philly, NYC and Boston. Here we go again . . . To all of you that live in this zone stay warm & safe. For me, I just hope my snow boots are tall enough.
Til next time,
Happy Friday! Another week of frigid and snowy weather here in the east. As beautiful as the snow makes things, I just can’t get myself to go outside and bear the elements. So I’ve been taking advantage of the view (and warmth) from inside.
I have a fond appreciation for bird photographers. . . swaying branches, swinging bird houses, and jittery birds make for quite a challenge.
Have a warm & wonderful weekend . . .
Til next time,
Stieglitz Steichen Strand is currently on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. I went to see it yesterday with another member of the DPC. I’m not sure what I could write about it here that would do it justice; so my advice is that you go see it for yourself. It’s at the Met until April. In this time of digital and producing amazing images at lightning speed, it’s important to take a step back in time and remember the time, effort, and even science that the pioneers of photography used to produce amazing images that are still held in the highest regard in today’s world.
Afterwards, and with all that inspiration, we headed into central park with our cameras. We probably should have worn better snow boots. The trees were still holding onto the snow from previous days and the contrast was terrific. If there was a hill, there were people sledding and the colorful sleds, again, against all the white snow added so much interest. I think my favorite part though was the “tree art” . . . what fun. What a great Day!