Two weeks ago mother nature showed her sense of humour again. The resulting ice storm left us in the cold and the dark for a couple of days. Rather than sit huddled around the fire at home, I decided to get out and try to find the beauty hidden in the aftermath.
A soft landscape wrapped in ground fog. Quiet. Calming.
I was in Hamilton visiting family today. Taking a “route-less-traveled” on the way home I passed this very scenic driveway. One u-turn later and I had this photo. Kind of makes you want to see what it leads to, doesn’t it?
I am excited (and more than a little pleased) to have two of my photos selected by the jury to be in the Snap!2010 Show at the National Ballet School in Toronto on Sunday March 21. This is the third straight year that I had had the honour of being part of this fund-raising event. Those of you who regularly follow my posts here will recognize the two chosen works… in fact you watched them evolve from rough first pass to the final product. Here are the two that will be in the show:
With the recent spate of foggy and snowy days, I find that I have many photos that feature trees seemingly standing alone. I always associate personalities with trees, much of this (I think) comes from their shape. These recent photos provide a wonderful study of their varied and wonderful shapes. The graceful lines of an Elm that somehow survived the Dutch Elm Disease epidemic of many years ago. The stalwart lines of a Maple, very Canadian, capable of being anyone’s best friend. And the rather rigid and aloof Spruce, beautiful of shape, but cool and difficult to cozy up to.
I really liked the look of a shot I took of some birch trees in a blowing snowstorm back at Christmas time. Enough so that I decided to go back for more shots and make a small series of it. The high-key treatment I used on these is quite a change of pace from my usual darker look, but I think it works well in the context of these shots. I have added these to my online Portfolio in an album titled Fade To White.
I thought for sure I would see Rudolph. Really. It was December 24 and it was very, very foggy. In some spots the fog was thick, in other spots the foggy curtain would draw back to reveal the icy lacework it had left behind. Enjoy. (Let me know if you see Rudolph lurking in these anywhere!)