At the water’s edge

The other day I braved the bitter cold air and water to stand in the creek for a close up of the hoar frost on the bent branches of bushes along the water’s edge.

It reminded me of the last time I waded into cold winter waters for some icy shots. I shared a number of those shots in this post which explains the frozen lake surface in the image below. It’s from the 2015 shoot I selected the image for our calendar this month.

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Hello 2018

Happy 2018! We experienced one of the coldest Christmases in several decades. I trust your holiday time was warmed by being surrounded with those you hold most dear as we were.

May you have courage to face the challenges ahead in 2018 and a heart open to appreciate your blessings.

Monochrome

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It’s remarkable how beautiful a scene with no colour can be.
The shot is as it was taken; it was not desaturated in post processing. Hope you enjoy it.

Happy Holidays!

I {heart} hearts

branches covered in frozen bubbles shaped in a heart

This fall just as the lake was beginning to freeze over, a couple of branches collected frozen bubbles and formed a heart!

Last spring, I almost stepped on to this frosty heart just outside the door to our garage.

heart of frost

And I noticed this heart in a birch tree late last summer.

heart in a birch tree

To me these are little messages of love from my Heavenly Father.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

 

Frosty Fall Morning

In my typical last minute form, I had no photo for the October desktop calendar at the end of September. I was fortunate to be out early this morning while in Thunder Bay and caught early light at the Fort William Golf and Country Club not far from my grandsons’ school. What a beautiful morning it turned out to be!

free desktop calendar Oct 2015_1440x900Although I was limited to walking the pathways due to frost on the grass (footsteps could kill it I was told), there were ample promising scenes. This one ended up being my favourite. Hope you like it.
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March 2014

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I waited all February for a mild (above -15 C) day to capture an image for March’s calendar. It didn’t happen. So, having run right out of time, on Feb 28 with the temperature at -22 C, I bundled up and headed out with gear in hand. I had hoped with such constant cold that the trees along this creek would be nicely frosted but between bright sun and raging winds of late, most frost had been weathered away. Thankfully, the heavy accumulation of snow softened and brightened the ragged river bed offering nice contrast to the dark turbulent waters. I decided the shot would suffice. I hope you like it. For specific screen resolutions, go to the Free Calendar tab in the menu bar and select March 2014.

March has come in as a lion if -30C with wind chill warning of -40C to -45C is considered fierce! Hopefully, there will be a much warmer looking scene for next month.

Feb 2014

I can hardly wait to turn the page on the calendar hoping the conditions in my environment ease up. I can hardly remember a colder, windier winter. Am I getting soft in ‘my old age’? Whatever. It’s been COLD!

I’ve mentioned before how wind is not my camera’s friend. It’s challenging enough to get still subjects in crisp focus! I realize there is potential for artistic shots with movement and all but sub-zero wind chill is not anything I wish to endure for that opportunity. So, having not been out with my camera all but one day this past month (see previous post), I looked back into my digital library for an image to serve as backdrop for this month’s calendar. Happy February. ❤

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