Monthly Archives: January 2013

In the Snowstorm

Fine feathered friends in a flurry of flakes.

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(American Goldfinch and Common Redpoll)

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Inspiration: Winners of the 2012 Global Arctic Awards

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?

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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.)

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Eddy

The snowdrifts were being painted by a blue-and-yellow sunset, when suddenly an eddy appeared and some snowflakes went for a joyride.

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Diffused

I lied. Last one. Promise.

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Sunset in Alberta during a hoarfrost, 2007.

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Cabin in the woods

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?

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Spotlight

All sparkly and starry and ethereal.

Maybe it’s where the fairies live? Or where an alien spaceship just landed?

Or *gasp* the winter wonderland of Lothlorien?!?!

Sorry, just geeked out there.

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Backlight

It was so tempting to shoot the nuances of the hoarfrost head-on. And I did, for a while.

But there was so much to be gained by a subtle shift in perspective.

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Weight

Even with so much frost weighing them down, the grasses manage to maintain a delicate and gentle aesthetic.

Something to aspire towards, me’thinks.

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Hoary

‘Twas a perfect winter day. Bright light. blue sky, crisp air, hoarfrost everywhere.

Slung the camera and went a-wandering.

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Snow dune

Like a mini version of a sand dune, but with snow. And it’s blue. And definitely not in the desert. So, not like a sand dune at all, really.

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