Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

Evening Meandering

January 10, 2021

Finding it difficult lately to go out in the cold morning to take photographs, yesterday I hit on the brilliant idea to go out in the not-as-cold late afternoon, when the light would be similar. (Yes, light! In northern Ohio! In January!) I roamed our neighborhood from Island Pond over Wildflower Hill to Rock Pond. Nature rewarded me.


















14 responses

  1. Susan T Egloff

    Yes, you captured a beautiful and long waited day!!


    January 10, 2021 at 1:30 PM

    • Thanks, Sue. The weather forecast says we have two days of partial sunshine to go. Yay!


      January 10, 2021 at 4:24 PM

  2. I especially love the first two.


    January 10, 2021 at 2:33 PM

    • Thank you, Lynda. As you know, my eyeglasses have lenses that turn dark in the sun. I didn’t see the bright colors of the first two until I downloaded. What a nice surprise.


      January 10, 2021 at 4:32 PM

  3. The thin layer of ice on the water is just gorgeous. Well done, Linda.


    January 10, 2021 at 5:07 PM

    • Thanks, Ken. You have to get pretty close to the ponds to see the jagged pieces. I wonder if there’s a name for that kind of ice. I felt really lucky to have seen it.


      January 10, 2021 at 6:18 PM

      • I did a little searching just now but couldn’t find a scientific term for the skin that forms on the surface of water as it begins to freeze. My guess is that there’s a name for it.


        January 11, 2021 at 11:40 PM

        • Thanks for describing what we see, Steve. I hadn’t even gotten that far. Maybe the mystery name will still be revealed.


          January 12, 2021 at 1:05 PM

  4. You hit on it: late afternoon works just as well as early morning and is a lot warmer.
    Winter is a great revealer of scraggly branch structure, as you showed in #7.
    How about those rich colors in #1 and #2?


    January 11, 2021 at 11:38 PM

    • Yes, I love seeing the structure of trees in winter. The rich colors that the sun gave me that day at that time were indeed spectacular. I will definitely try going out then (in sunshine) again.


      January 12, 2021 at 1:22 PM

  5. I’m glad you decided to try the afternoon – it obviously worked well so I expect you’ll do more. For me, working on photos in the morning when I’m fresh, is best. Invariably I get stuck in the email/internet vortex which means not getting out until mid to late afternoon. Your beautiful, golden light is familiar. I like the way you explored different aspects of the pond in the first group of photos – what gorgeous colors! Warm mixes into cool so gradually in #2. I like #8 for the colors again, and the shadows and different textures. #10 reaches across the frame beautifully, which is similar to what I see in #12 but not quite. Anyway, #12 has something I can’t put my finger on that appeals to me. Rhythm and flow, I think that’s it. #15 is fascinating – those balls of ice are really cool against the uniformly dark background, like something in the sky. #17 is an interesting note to end on – somber, subtle, quiet. With a hint of light at the top…

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    January 15, 2021 at 3:16 PM

    • If I could just pack up that golden light to use when I need it . . . . The birch tree in #8 is a favorite to look at but doesn’t often photograph well. I intend to keep working at getting good photos of it, though. I’m glad you found #12 appealing; I think its beauty is pretty subtle. I wasn’t expecting to see what I photographed in #s 14 and 15 as I worked my way around the edge of the pond. I love those kinds of surprises. “Somber, subtle, quiet” was just was I was aiming for with #17. Thanks for another close reading, Lynn.


      January 15, 2021 at 3:43 PM

  6. Poetry in its purest form and unadulterated.

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    November 6, 2022 at 2:35 PM

    • Thank you, Friedrich. That’s a beautiful comment! I remember that I had great fun taking and processing these photographs, maybe especially #14. It took some work (work?—not the right word) to get those little balls of ice to shine the way they did when I saw them in person.

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      November 6, 2022 at 7:41 PM

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