Fine feathered friends in a flurry of flakes.
(American Goldfinch and Common Redpoll)
So I know winter can give us all cabin fever, as we become afraid to venture outside into the cold, ice and snow. I’m with you there – you have my complete empathy. I, too, prefer to be curled up by the fire, cozied up a with a blanket, a book, and some hot chocolate.
BUT after viewing this gallery of contest winners, maybe we can be convinced to get our butts out the door and be awed by the incredible beauty of winter.
Can anyone say WOWZERS?
Be inspired here: http://arcticawards.ru/ru/winners_2012
(This is the Russian site, which allows for viewing of the larger images. They also (wisely) don’t allow me to copy or embed the images, so you’ll have to head on over to take a proper look. DO IT.)
Ok, enough talk about fairies and elves – I think I’m scaring people. Sometimes writer’s block hits when I’m searching for words to accompany my images, and I get silly. Not that there isn’t a time and a place for silly, but maybe heading to Middle Earth was stretching it a wee bit.
But for real now, the images over the last few days are all from this one hoarfrost event in Alberta, 2007. It was incredible (obviously). It’s also rare these days that I hop in the car with my husband and chase the shot, losing myself in photography and nature. Kids and life have distracted me from such creative pursuits, which is why this blog was originally created. So after this image, I will try to post only new shots again, as that will motivate me to pick up the camera and head out the door – which is what it’s all about, n’est-ce-pas?