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.