February 6, 2022
Here are more photographs of recent snow in my neighborhood.
This entry was posted on February 6, 2022 by Linda Grashoff. It was filed under Nature, Photography and was tagged with astilbe, dried grass, evergreen, Heiser Pond, Kendal at Oberlin, Queen Anne's Lace, snow, weeds.
They are All great! I only like to mention 12, 11 and 8.
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February 6, 2022 at 4:36 AM
Thank you, Gerhard. It’s interesting to me that when people pick favorites, they are never the same.
February 10, 2022 at 8:56 PM
February 6, 2022 at 6:03 AM
Thanks, Sue. Minimalism is easy to find when almost everything is snow.
Sue replied, “Well, quite!,” but I fumbled my phone and accidentally trashed her comment. I’m sorry, Sue.
February 11, 2022 at 11:22 AM
My initial impression was of old-fashioned sepia-toned photographs. As your previous commenter noted, the snow and sparse stalks make for good minimalism. You also made effective use of shadows in #8 and #12. The grass seed heads in #4 pleasantly fill the frame.
February 6, 2022 at 7:19 AM
Thanks, Steve. I just couldn’t pass up a close crop on those seed heads; glad you like that one.
February 10, 2022 at 8:57 PM
Oh, #8 with the shadows! Dystopian survivors. If a nuclear disaster were like winter, then the earth would bring us spring again. It is obviously way too early for me to be up 🙂
February 6, 2022 at 7:24 AM
Dystopian survivors! You should always be up way too early, Kathy.
I really liked the detail of the Queen Anne’s lace in 6 and all that it still holds inside and also the stalwart sentinels in 7 and the shadows they cast. Thanks for letting me see the beauty of life in the snow without having to venture out.
February 6, 2022 at 11:36 AM
Thank you, Patricia. It’s often not until I download the photographs that I see just how interesting my subject is. That’s the case with the close-up of the Queen Anne’s lace. Happy to save you from the reality of snow and glad you accept my photographs as a good substitute.
February 10, 2022 at 8:58 PM
You’re making it harder and harder to pick favorites, Linda. These are all beautiful. But, after much consideration, I’m picking #5 and #7 for now. I could change my mind any minute, though. Well done.
February 6, 2022 at 1:36 PM
Thank you, Ken. I must figure out what flower leaves behind the beaded stalks like those in #5. And as for #7: As you know, this is just one phase of Queen Anne’s lace. She has such a variety of appearances, all interesting.
Beautiful series, Linda!
February 7, 2022 at 2:36 AM
Spare elegance from top to bottom, very effective against the blog’s black background. The rhythmic alteration of verticals and horizontals only serves to make this an even nicer experience. I like that some images are very flat and others have obvious depth (the shadows). A both/and way to report on the beauty of dried plants in deep snow. #4 brings us closer to #3 – the grace of a curve of grass and a myriad of seeds, gorgeous. #7 is another view of the Queen Anne’s Lace in #6, at once a botany lesson and a poem. (Clever to leave the sinuous shadow at the top of #6 instead of cropping it out). The 3 sentinels in #8 bring a smile. #5 is brilliantly framed with that single tall stem amidst its neighbors. In #12, both snow and grass make waves. #13 is a small celebration full of good cheer. Thank you, weather, for bringing the nice white stuff to Oberlin so Linda could have her way with it. You could make nice triptychs or other groupings with these. But right now I hope you just rest. 🙂
February 7, 2022 at 8:46 PM
I was wondering how all that white would look against all that black, but I agree it works. I was pretty sure when I took #6 that there would be no way to gracefully eliminate the shadows in cropping later, so I tried to include them effectively. Glad you like the result. That makes two for sentinels and one for dystopian survivors, so I guess sentinels wins, though I suppose they could be both. You know what they say, Lynn: No rest for the wicked. Thank you for all your nice words, which I shamefully read multiple times.
February 10, 2022 at 8:59 PM
February 10, 2022 at 10:01 PM
Now that I think about it, maybe I mean “shamelessly”!
February 10, 2022 at 10:17 PM
This is a beautiful set of winter details. I have become a little weary of the snow and ice of late; These are a gentle reminder to me to pay attention to the beauty this time of year offers while it is here. Thanks, Linda! 🙂
February 11, 2022 at 7:48 PM
Thank you, Mic. The snow around here doesn’t look as pretty as this these days. But we may get more tomorrow. Based on the photographs of yours that I have seen, you don’t need any reminders to pay attention to beauty no matter what time of year.
February 11, 2022 at 8:25 PM
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