Freeze and flow

The winter season is when I tend to stay indoors more often so my camera doesn’t get to go on as many outings as it does in warmer weather.  This day, I was just going grocery shopping but decided to take my camera along.

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I’ll find myself thinking that winter is ‘bland’ through the lens, unless you’re shooting something specific, because it’s either dead, brown twigs that used to be lush green trees, mucky slop on the roads mixed with sand and salt from the plows or pure, blinding snow.

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Bland or otherwise, I went out with my camera and without even trying I pulled over at various spots along my drive and captured the things that caught my eye.

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There is something complex and lovely about the way that winter looks, even though the colours are not as vibrant and everything is half hidden by snow.

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It was then I realized that winter was just as lovely as summer.  I had been missing so many chances to capture beautiful scenes around me that would only ever exist once.

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So here’s to blindingly white snow, half-dead looking twigs and stems and the biting cold wind that ices and frosts everything in its path.

Snow to Rain

Visibility – not great.  Days like this make me thankful for daytime running lights.   This was a much better day compared to earlier in the week.  Then you couldn’t see anything past your windshield.

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Now, a week and a bit later, it’s raining.  Been pouring down all day.  My house is warm and dry; septic system is a bit bogged down but nothing to complain about; the melting snow and rain are draining effectively from the streets and I have music playing though my TV while I sit, in comfort, and wait for spring.  Thankful.  Ever thankful.

Storm – Beauty and Danger

This one shows the very limited visibility on the roads at times though the storm.  It’s hard enough to navigate the snowy, icy roads when can see what’s in front of you. For me, I find it all so captivating I’d rather pull over and shoot photos than drive anywhere, any day.

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The spots on the photo are snow that landed on my lens.  I quite like the effect they created.  Just look at that sun trying to break through!

 

The spectacular storm – Evergreens

I was out every day through the storm that recently swept through North America causing havoc everywhere it went. So much snow came down it was amazing…haven’t seen this much since I was a little girl.  Here’s some loveliness to share from my adventures trekking through over two feet of snowfall.

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More snow than tree

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Laden with snow

Freeze Thaw Freeze

It’s been cold here, really cold.  Then, a few days later it rose above freezing and the snow we had melted and flooded the fields.  Then, a few days later it got cold again.  Not quite as cold as it had been, but definitely colder than it was.  So what does a heavy snowfall (we had so many inches it was being measured in feet) look like after it melts, freezes, melts and freezes again?

This!  How incredible is that?  Just weather and wind (along with the help of some uneven ground and corn stalks) and magic appears.  Cold magic, but beautiful none the less.  🙂

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Icicle

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As a kid I could not leave an icicle alone if it was just sitting there, all beautiful and beckoning me to pluck it from it’s roots and marvel as it slowly melted in my hands.

Now, I can appreciate the beauty without having to creep up to people’s homes and steal their icicles…lol.  Also, it now makes me realize who needs a new roof and who is heating their home and the area surrounding them.  I hope the inhabitants of this home stay warm….but the icicles are beautiful.

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Snow – Yes, we do take photos outside…

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I once knew a guy who asked me a question that has confounded me until this very day.  Here’s all the background you need:

It was winter.
I live in Canada.
We usually get a fair amount of snow in the part of Canada I live in.
I take photos in all seasons.

He said to me, one day, after seeing some photos from another Canadian photographer he’d met online:

“What’s up with you Canadians?  Do you all take pictures of snow?”

He said it with a hint of disdain and was clearly playing on the Canadian stereotype.

“Uhh, well, I suppose if you mean ‘do all Canadian photographers take photos OUTSIDE….I guess the answer is yes.  Particularly if you live in a part of Canada that sees snow for almost half the year.

So, this one’s for him.  I almost answered by asking if all the people in California take photos of sunshine but decided it wasn’t worth the argument.  😉

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Plus, how can you not think that ^^^ is beautiful?  I don’t like the cold, but I do love the snow (and Maple syrup AND I say “Eh” now and then.  Yay Canada!