A little dusting…

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.20160113_124657-01  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.

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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,
Maria

 

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Stieglitz Steichen Strand

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!