Bright Splashes in the Winter Woods

When the landscape seems mostly to be composed of dark trunks of trees contrasted with white snow and deep greens of the evergreens, to come across this scene where the last of the clinging leaves bring bright splashes of colour can almost take your breath away! Such beauty, like a ray of hope that there will be colour in the world again!

Both Steven and I have been very sick with the flu and are not yet recovered. I just wanted to reassure my friends that we are still here and hope to be back to our usual selves soon.

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Multiple Exposure of Metasequoia Glyptostroboides or Dawn Redwood


During the blur mentorship (Blurs and Unsharp Photography Guided Play, led by +Alex Lapidus) I was inspired to discover the feature of in camera multiple exposures. I have had loads of fun this week and this was the result of one of these experiments. It was composed of a total of 9 images taken one after the other as I walked all around this rare deciduous conifer, common name of Dawn Redwood* which is in full spring foliage now. The resulting image, blended in the camera, gives a lovely effect of light, I think and I was pleased with how it came out.

*"This genus, dating from prehistoric times was thought to be extinct and was known only in fossils until a single living species was found as recently as 1941 in an old Chinese temple. Since its discovery the Dawn Redwood has been widely distributed and is found in many arboretums, parks and gardens throughout the world." source: Conifers for Your Garden, by Adrian Bloom.

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Evening Light, Winter Woodland


As we were going on a walk through the woods a couple of weeks ago, the sun was going down and casting a low, slanting light that seemed to undulate through the drifts of snow. Each time I have passed this group of trees the same effect has caught my eye. I can't imagine how it looks now, after our heavy snowfall and high winds, but probably almost the same, just a lot deeper. It's a very peaceful place and even quieter in the snow.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Flowers


Yesterday the weather forecaster announced on CBC radio that it would be “Cloudy with a chance of flowers”. I wish. I just had to share that with you all and hope it made you laugh as it did us.

On our recent road trip, as we were driving along the 401 in the direction of Toronto, the evening sky was really interesting and changed constantly. These fingers of light reaching down to touch the stretching bare trees were quite beautiful.

The sunset was stunning and I stopped to photograph it a little later, but I liked this one for today. It was taken out of the car window.

It’s been pouring with rain all day today, melting the snow that fell on the weekend. The winter is settling in. I wish it weren’t so early.