The photographic explorations of a former film student.

Winter

Winter Wetlands

No, I did not plan to quit blogging this year. My goal for this year is ten posts. These photos are from mid January. Not too long after that, I decided my nearly ten year old monitor wasn’t cutting it for photo editing, so I needed to research, order, and set up a new one before posting again. Winter’s not quite over. These are from a local wetlands. It was a late scouting trip.

Wetlands Sunset
Tree Trunks in Snow
Moon-rise

Lights in the Darkness

We’re past solstice, but this is still the darkest time of the year. This year, two gardens near my home put on light displays as part of our collective tradition to cope with this darkness. My sister and I went to the free one together. I could get my large tripod in, but I didn’t use it for everything because it’s kind of impolite and I was practicing for my next outing.

The photo club took an outing to another nearby light show. This one relied more on actual trees and reflected light. Some members were able to get in with small tripods, but I left my beast in the car. Certainly the staff would not grant me admission with such large sticks. I had to use some high ISOs. Noise was an issue. I’ll have to get a smaller tripod. Just being there was pretty enchanting though.

The lights give us hope and beauty in a dark season. We arrange them, tend to them, and marvel at them. Source or reflected, we all need light and hope. Spread light this season to those you love and more.

4In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome a it.

John 1:4-5 NIV https://biblehub.com/niv/john/1.htm

Thaw-Freeze

It’s freeze-thaw cycle time around here. We’re more in the thaw today, thankfully. However, one morning last week I went out to get some shots of a creek that was thawing and had frozen in places again. Thaw-freeze, if you will. this makes the ice patterns more interesting and complex. There were also trapped bubbles, and added bonus.

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Next Time: Mugs or Spring
I have some more mug photo ideas wandering around in my brain. Otherwise, well see how quickly Spring gets here.


Frozen Waterfalls

A couple of weeks ago, I was part of a small expedition from the local photo club that journeyed to a state park known for steep climbs and impressive waterfalls. Needless to say, the trails were difficult in the ice. This is one of the better footholds.

trail

The falls, however, were worth it. Here are two different long shots of the first and largest fall we visited.

fallandcurvedrocks

largefalls

I also shot some closer shots of some smaller ice formations to the sides of the falls.

shallowiceandrocks

icecycles

icevalence

Up close, the ice on the falls looked like some kind of vintage floral pattern.

icedetail

After lunch, we hiked a short trail to a smaller fall.

smallerfall

iceandwatercurtain

This is what the ice looked like from behind the fall. I increased the saturation and tweaked the color a little, but yes, it was close to this color.

behindfall


Heavy Winter Snow Photos

Winter has been cold and snowy for the most part. Last weekend, I braved the icy roads and took a few snow photos at a local park.

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Next Time: Frozen Waterfalls