Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

More Evening Meandering


January 17, 2021

Yesterday, like the week before, I began my meandering at Island Pond. But the sun was not nearly as cooperative as it had been last week. Shortly after I took the first two photographs below, clouds obscured much of the sunshine. I kept searching for goodies, but the pickings were pretty slim. The last photo here is one I took to celebrate the little bit of blue sky remaining, at least now and then.

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20 responses

  1. Meandering is about all we can do until enough people get the vaccine.

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    January 17, 2021 at 3:28 PM

    • If you mean we can’t fly to exotic locations for photo shoots, you’re right, Lynda! Not sure that’s in my future even if everyone gets the vaccine. I’ll probably keep meandering near home or during short trips. I’m not complaining; I’m just happy to be able to do that.

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      January 17, 2021 at 7:57 PM

  2. Great photos as always Linda, but my favourite is No. 4! The colour, texture, line and pattern really does something for me. I also love 7 and 2 and when I look closely at any of them, they come alive. Thank you 😊

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    January 17, 2021 at 4:41 PM

    • Thank you, Alastair. I’m so glad that #4 is your favorite. I really wondered if anyone besides me would like it. The pond in #7 is Green Pond, also in our neighborhood. It’s surrounded by woods and is usually pretty dark. I was responding to the joy I felt at seeing the sunshine when I took #2—a pretty conventional photograph but one that still spoke to me on download. It’s that late afternoon light, I guess, that does it for me.

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      January 17, 2021 at 8:09 PM

  3. Leslie Organ

    Good for you for continuing to look and for celebrating what you did find.

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    January 17, 2021 at 4:42 PM

    • Well, you know, Leslie. Ya gotta look. Both of us are visual junkies, right? And the celebration just naturally flows if you look carefully. Thanks.

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      January 17, 2021 at 8:12 PM

  4. I find myself shooting a lot of photos like your #9, Linda. Excellent series.

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    January 17, 2021 at 4:53 PM

    • Yes, I think there’s nothing special about #9 except for the way that bit of blue sky made me feel. I included it here with the hope it might make someone else feel something like what I felt. Blue skies are so wonderful, and never more wonderful than when they are sandwiched between grey and grey and grey and grey for days on end. Thank you, Ken.

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      January 17, 2021 at 8:16 PM

  5. You’re fortunate to have access to wintery scenes, particularly those with ice and snow, both in their own right and for the effects that they have on plants like bulrushes and cattails. #3 is an especially pleasing winter panorama.

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    January 17, 2021 at 6:49 PM

    • For many years I spent the whole winter in Florida. I missed photographing snow and ice and bare trees. I just didn’t miss the cold. But this winter has been about as mild as last winter, and I have not suffered from the cold either winter. I’ve been surprised and pleased. Glad you like #3, Steve; thanks.

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      January 17, 2021 at 8:22 PM

  6. Particularly like 3 and 7 >>> and I’m right with your not wanting to jet off to any exotic holiday locations. 🙂

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    January 18, 2021 at 9:42 AM

    • Thanks for weighing in, Adrian. Well, I guess I won’t be meeting up with you in Africa any time soon, then. Pity.

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      January 18, 2021 at 11:26 AM

  7. The broken-up reflection in the first photo is a beauty. Your trademark restraint (as in nothing overprocessed) keeps the scene both believable and peaceful. Leaving all that sky at the top in the second makes for an uplifting feeling – the trees not only reach into it, but they also blend into it somehow – it’s all of a piece. #3 has elegance. #4 really struck me – a totally mundane scene transformed by seeing those diagonals. #5 appeals to me because it’s familiar. #8, too – how cool that the piece of bark is just slumped over the log like that. If you scroll through my friend Almuth’s work from suburban forests in Germany (naturaufdembalkon) I think you’ll find echoes of that woodland scene. The graceful filigree and pastel sky in the last photo sends us off on a high note. Thanks for the walk, it felt slow and calming.

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    January 18, 2021 at 11:40 AM

  8. Thanks, Lynn. I’m particularly glad that you like the cropping of #2. It’s unusual for me; I usually come in much tighter. But all that space around the closer trees just felt right. How nice that all that sky feels uplifting to you. Yes, #4 is so mundane. Now that you point to the diagonals as the saving force, I wonder if the scene would have appealed to me if the bushes or small trees or whatever they are had been growing upright. I’ll never know. Went to Almuth’s blog; yes, indeed, echos. Hope your fingers didn’t get as cold as mine on this walk. Thanks for writing, Lynn.

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    January 18, 2021 at 8:23 PM

  9. Fine set, Linda, of course.. 🙂 My fav is nr 7. See you!

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    January 19, 2021 at 2:58 AM

    • Thank you, Harrie. Glad to know #7 speaks to you. I don’t photograph this pond (called Green Pond) as much as other ponds on the property. It’s smaller and generally not as photogenic.

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      January 20, 2021 at 7:45 PM

  10. I’m with Lynn in enjoying the first shot. I like how you introduced the ice to break up the reflection. Our first impulse is to have a complete reflection so your take on it is different and most enjoyable, Linda. There is so much we can appreciate near our own homes if we look.

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    January 20, 2021 at 5:14 AM

    • Yes, I called that ice to come over so I could break up the reflection. Glad you like the effect, Steve. 😉 I absolutely agree about shooting close to home. We might have to look harder, but that’s OK.

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      January 20, 2021 at 7:49 PM

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