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.

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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Sun flare and magical backgrounds

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As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I tend to like photos of interesting things that aren’t necessarily the ‘perfect’ subject matter.  I like the perspective in my photos to match the ones I see in my mind when I find something beautiful to capture.  This is a terrible example of focus, depth of field and although I could have caught that magnificent reflection on the water, or the sunlight across the field of view, I like the photos that came out focusing on the rays of light that we can’t quite see with our own eyes.  The backdrop is beautiful, but the photo seems to take it all into account here and and lets me show you all the things I see….much of what would be missed if no one ever stopped to look.

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!