A season of different color

I believe that most of us living in higher latitudes would say that winter is the season most lacking in visual interest. The landscapes are cold and sunlight is in short supply. Deciduous trees lose their color and most other plants retreat beneath the soil so that all we can see of what was once green, living, and prolific is now drawn, twisted, and crisped. There is little evidence of life in the shallows of moving water and anything that might stir in the darkened depths of a pond is locked away beneath a blanket of ice. I suppose, if you had asked me a year ago, I would have agreed that winter was indeed a season with little artistic merit or interest. This WordPress photoblog celebrates its one year anniversary today. To date 288 posts have been published and these have drawn from a media library which currently contains 812 images. My Mother may have to correct me but I believe that she and my Dad gave me my first serious camera (a Nikkormat EL) while I was still in grade school. My Dad had always been a photography enthusiast and saw to it that I had a fully equipped darkroom by the time I was in high school. When I entered college I was a serious underwater photographer and had dreams of following in the footsteps of National Geographic photographer David Doubilet. Alas, we all know too well how contingent the twists and turns of life can be and that very few of us are lucky enough to ultimately pursue those Walter Mitty plans formulated at a time when the realities of life are unknown to us. My life has taken a very different path and I hadn’t thought about photography for a very long time until the inception of this blogging project. Since then my interest in photography has rekindled. The images below are my way of showing you that I have relearned what I knew long ago … that there is color, texture, and interest in everything if you simply take the time to look. The winter season is far from colorless, much to the contrary. That’s not to say that the winter palette of color does not differ from those of other seasons. It certainly does. One has to learn to see these different colors and to appreciate what are perhaps less obvious textures. Once you can do this you will revel in endless possibility.

11 thoughts on “A season of different color

  1. It’s true … I always remember you would say “winter and snow just make everything harder,” which is certainly true for a farmer. But not for a photo blogger! I think you gain a truly unique life experience by getting to be both.

  2. Can I say, first of us, that I am envious of your winters and the opportunities the provide for photos. I can’t take anything like that here. I love the winter images, I think they are magical. Congratulations on your one year anniversary, quite an achievement.

    • I don’t know which is worse Leanne … shoveling snow and slipping on the ice or worrying about fires the sort of which you are experiencing now down there. I know, from your many comments about the heat, that it’s been HOT down where you are … how close are you to the fires? [I shouldn’t ask questions … I know you are pressed for time … please don’t feel any obligation to get back … I really do understand.] D

  3. Happy Anniversary! I’ve always loved winter for the totally different world it reveals, without foliage and the distractions of color. Hugs to you both 🙂

    • Hmmm … I never thought of the season as one without the distraction of color. Perhaps the post should have taken that tack? Joanna and I have been enjoying the cake you sent along … she’s weaving at the moment so I don’t want to bother to ask what it was made of so I don’t look dumb … I don’t mind looking dumb … have no idea what was in it but please send her the recipe via one of her regular email addresses. I thank you very much! It’s incredible – kinda like her hazelnut cake. D

  4. I do remember the early days of you (and sometimes me!) running around the halls of BHS looking for photos for the Sagamore! I also remember your time taking photos underwater. Not sure where you got the nerve, or the breath! Just goes to show that sometimes life has you put your interests on hold for a while, but they are still there. Glad you’ve carved out some space to rekindle this hobby. I’m pretty sure it gives you as much (or more) pleasure as it does your viewers. Happy 1st Anniversary!

    • Ha … the Sagamore. I remember taking image after image after image trying to capture the 1000th point for Mark Young. Thanks for the Anniversary good wishes. D

  5. Glorious! How wonderful to see beauty in places and things that are too often overlooked. Each of these is a ‘calendar’ image. Breathtaking!

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