Originally published Oct. 26, 2012
Big change in the weather here this week. It was in the 70s Monday and snowing Thursday. It is definitely a challenge to adjust to downward temperature swings that cover 40 degrees on the thermoscape.
Even the birds will have to wait for the predicted lunchtime high of 40 degrees to get a drink.
A store I went in yesterday was putting out ice scrapers. I’m trying to look at the bright side of this. At least it wasn’t snow shovels. They still have rakes out. We won’t talk about their being relocated to the clearance section.
I know there are some out there who are high-fiving each other and woo-hooing it and revving up their Ski-Doos. I, on the other hand, am boo-hooing it while I wash up the long johns and stock the pantry for the big one that’s coming in.
Although I am initially resistant to this particular change in the seasons, the other good news about this is that I can finally focus on indoor work again, having been pleasantly distracted on a daily basis with photographing fall colors and leaves. A “job” which reminds me every minute why I love what I do. More about that later.
Hope you are keeping warm wherever you are!
Originally published Apr. 15, 2012
Spring season has finally arrived in Minnesota and the time is perfect to capture it. Fall comes easy with its bounty of colorful leaves and the brilliant blue of the October sky. Winter possesses its own attributes with snow and the transformative ability to appear as blizzards, icicles, hoar frost or a blanket of glitter. The fact that snow glitters, well, I have a thing about glitter and so it gets a lot of bonus points in my book for that reason alone. Summer of course graces us with green foliage, flowers, stormy skies, and a proliferation of life everywhere we look.
As a landscape photographer, I find Spring to be a more challenging season to photograph (at least in MN) with the exception of ice out on the local lakes. It is much easier on a macro scale – tulips budding and spreading their petals to bathe in the sun, baby leaves sprouting from twigs, a mother bird sitting on her nest, raindrops and puddles, a groundhog peeking out from his or her winter home, crab apple trees blossoming with white and pink flowers, and fiddleheads uncurling.
Maybe that is the gist of things – new and young and somewhat solitary and meek, until they prosper and flourish as one – growing and spreading into clusters, fields, and forest canopies.
The other challenge with Spring is the wind and when you are photographing up close, everything needs to be as still as possible. So when those windless days present themselves, nature photographers must act quickly or face resorting to a bag of tricks to keep things from blowing around.
My upcoming blog schedule includes: The Chinese Year of the Dragon and Tom Pham’s Wondrous Azian Kitchen; Motorcycles, the State Fair and Count’s Kustoms; Women In Photography; Minnesota’s Statehood Day; and another round of Ernst Haas’ thoughts on photography.
I hope you will visit again and in the meantime that you are enjoying Spring wherever you are.
I am a photographer who lives in Minnesota. I blog about Minnesota, photography, music, food and miscellaneous topics.