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Fav 5

Hey there!

Friday again and time to join Suzanne’s Fave Five

I was wondering what favourite moments to highlight this week. So I opened up my picture folders for a little browsing time. We’ve been enjoying some bright, sunny, wintery days here on the Island and I always take my camera out on my walks. So I have quite a few outdoor pictures. But, I have to admit that picture-taking in winter is a challenge for this rookie photographer.

In spring, summer and fall, the Island is a kaleidoscope of colour. But in the winter, our landscape is quiet and subdued beneath a covering of white.

So, for my Friday Favourite Five, I thought I’d invite you to come along for a walk – and you can experience firsthand the challenges, and fun, of winter photography.

1. You need to put on your winter coat, your scarf, your gloves, your boots – that’s the first challenge of winter photography – going outside!

My dh has been hard at work – so we won’t have any trouble getting down the steps and along the walkway.

I am learning that photography, like drawing, is mostly seeing – opening your eyes to look and to notice things that you might ordinarily pass by.

1. Let’s look up first – wow!  Look at that brilliant blue sky – and the snow laden spruce branches. Notice the little spruce cones hanging from the top branch? The chickadees like to eat the seeds inside the cones.

2. Come on over to our spruce grove – see the patterns of light and shadow? I never tire of noticing the play of sunlight on snow. The inky blue tree shadows remind me of this phrase “lovely, dark and deep”.

Oh look over here! This shadow is so perfect in detail.

I won’t be using the real thing for a few more weeks!

3. Let’s wander to the back field. The snow is crusty here – we’ll have to break a path.

I wonder what causes these perfect indentations around each tree? 

Could they be fairy circles?

4. Oops! Careful! we almost missed these little crimson gems.

5. Shhh – listen! Where’s it coming from?

Oh there he is – on the feeder. A frequent winter visitor – the American Goldfinch. We’ll have to take his photo with the zoom. He’s shy. But what a lovely splash of gold!  It takes a winter landscape for this feathered jewel to really shine.

Well, I hope you enjoyed your wintery walk. Time to go in and have a nice hot cup of tea. It will only take a minute to brew – the kettle is always boiling on the woodstove.

Happy Friday!

with love

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25 thoughts on “Fav 5

  1. How fun – I truly enjoyed this little walk in your world….and I, too, am curious about those perfect indentations around the base of the trees….those red jewel berries are gorgeous, all your photos are wonderful glimpses of little bits of magic.

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  2. I enjoyed walking with you, Kathie. I have found that it is the wind that creates those perfect indentations around the trees and other objects. It must whisp around each thing in such a way that it makes perfectly smooth shapes around things.Loved the "lovely, dark and deep" of the tree trunks in the snow. Robert Frost, isn’t it?Jody

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  3. Bev Klassen says:

    Thank you for taking us along on your walk. I love the way you see beauty in the everyday. And although it is not mentioned specicially in this post, I sense a heart grateful to its Creator, for the beauty itself and for the eyes to see it.

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  4. Home Again says:

    I was just so loving my walk, that I almost forgot where I was….I felt I was in a world of fantasy.I did see those crystals very quickly, as I have been practicing the same thing..You captured that very well. Can we have tea now?

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  5. Hi Kathie! Just popped over from Tonia’s to say "Hi"… I am joining you, her and Kelli in the memorization of Philippians.I really enjoyed your winter walk and can so relate to the "seeing"… I posted something very similar to this just this past week. :o) Isn’t it fun to take pictures of things you would normally just pass by? This was such a great post… thanks for sharing… love the "inky blue tree shadows".

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  6. Those are such inspiring pictures! I am studying birds with my kids right now, so I really appreciated to finch photo. We have been trying to capture birds lately, and have found that it is not so easy! I also have to admit that I envy your snow. I am sure having it around for months out of the year can get tiring, but in our part of Japan we get very little. My kids are praying every day, but once we hit March it will be highly unlikely. Thanks for sharing your walk.

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  7. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I loved this fave five! Around here right now it’s just dirty looking with the snow almost melted. The backyard is sludgy and mucky. Nothing like your beautiful pristine white and bright colors.

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  8. Oh I loved each step of this walk. It really is important to look up and behind you on walks I’m finding…Fairy circles are a wonderful explanation.Do you have to take your glove off to click the final shot?

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  9. Thanks for stopping by my place today, Kathie. I thoroughly enjoyed my walk with you. I do love those fairy circles and that unexpected burst of color, too. Wonderfully done!

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  10. Your pictures are gorgeous. My faves are the ones with the bird and the one with the shadows.Just beautiful…thanks for sharing.My fave list is posted now that I am home from teaching all a.m. ANd it is cold here…glad to be in for most of the weekend!

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  11. carolyn says:

    Hi Kathie, That was a lovely peaceful walk.Beautiful sunshine. Thank you for the prayers for Emily and new baby Lila and also for the link you sent me I will enjoy that . Have a good weekend. Carolyn

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  12. Oh my goodness…so much beauty! I love the fairy circles, the crimson and the finch!And…yes…my daughters have confirmed…they *are* fairy circles :)Thank you for the wintery walk…we’re in capris and t-shirts over here…it’s nice to experience the snow!

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  13. Kathie, these are such pretty glimpses of your snowy surroundings. And I didn’t even have to don the heavy coats (that I don’t own) or winter boots (nope, don’t have these either)!

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  14. The shadow shots were fun, Kathie. I think the circles around the trees have a most prosaic explanation–wind. But we shall call them fairy rings anyway. It was lovely to see the spruce trees. spruce was a word the first graders had to read this week. They don’t know what spruce is! Palm and cactus they know, but not spruce!

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  15. Those are such inspiring pictures! I am studying birds with my kids right now, so I really appreciated to finch photo. We have been trying to capture birds lately, and have found that it is not so easy! I also have to admit that I envy your snow. I am sure having it around for months out of the year can get tiring, but in our part of Japan we get very little. My kids are praying every day, but once we hit March it will be highly unlikely. Thanks for sharing your walk.

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  16. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I loved this fave five! Around here right now it’s just dirty looking with the snow almost melted. The backyard is sludgy and mucky. Nothing like your beautiful pristine white and bright colors.

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