The shoots are coming up in our pond.
And the daffodils are out.
I know spring is here—I’ve been taking pictures of the early flowers—but I’m not quite ready to give up on pictures of ice.
So this is what our yard looked like early this morning. The air was much warmer than it’s been and the snow that fell was soft and wetter. Interestingly, the warmth seemed to give everything a browner cast—it’s not just the way the camera shot it. Perhaps it was the effect of melting snow on the pond ice.
Lots of things to take pictures of, in any case.
Snow is in the forecast for tonight, and then freezing rain, well, actually the forecasters are being a little vague. There’s precipitation coming into a cold front that’s been sitting over us, and then almost immediately it’s going to warm up, and who knows what will happen? seems to be the refrain.
I don’t have to drive anywhere tomorrow, so if it snows I’ll happily take pictures. But meanwhile, snow from a few days ago. These pictures of the slough on our property were taken early, before the sun had cleared the trees.
Unlike much of North America—especially this year when the Polar Vortex descended over the continent—our winters are relatively warm. The result is that I haven’t had many opportunities to take wintery pictures. But recently we had a wee dump of snow, and since then it’s stayed below freezing and often sunny. So I’ve had a few chances (when not slaving over a hot computer) to take some pictures. This is the first of a series I hope to put up.
We had snow the other day and I went out and took LOTS of pictures. And then some pictures of ice. But I haven’t had time to deal with them, so today you’ll have to cope with a picture of a dead leaf. Dead leaves are always good for a photograph, don’t you think?
I’ve tagged this “autumn leaves” because it is… although by now, having hung around for months, it’s more of a winter leaf. Not colourful, the way autumn leaves are thought of, because it’s from a kiwi vine, and they don’t do colour when dying. But on a January day with low sun and the ridged wood on the back deck bleached out, I think that very lack of bright colour becomes something kinda special.
Amazing how something so pedestrian can look so good with the right lighting.
Even when it includes vile green plastic hose.
I’m behind in my intentions—this is the first post of 2014. Oh well. Taken a few weeks ago when it was colder and there was white stuff around. A good photo to start the year with, as it’s basically all about light.
Actually, dewdrops on the wee Japanese maple, catching the sunlight. But appropriately seasonal lights nonetheless.
And here’s wishing the light and love of the season to you and yours.
For some reason I got this image all set up and put it in the folder of images that have been posted to this blog without actually ever doing the posting of said image. A little mystery of functionality, my brain.
I usually think of sword ferns as green, but the blues and bronzes resulting from the light conditions and ripeness of the spores really got my attention.
A beautiful day for photographing rockpools on sandstone.
It’s a sticky time of year.
I was struck by this pattern of shadows in the late afternoon light.