Still Reflections, Winter’s Breath

22 Jan


It’s 6 degrees out, this morning.  We had some snow fall last night.  The roads are slippery and a bit dangerous…but the woods?  They’re perfect.

New England’s snowy skies rarely have much in the way of interest or detail, despite this being taken close to the end of the day.  There was no color, only leaden gray mixed with spots of white.  There were a few hints of yellow-brown on the trees, and some red silt at the edges of the water near the shallows…but rather than act as an accent, it seemed distracting.  I decided to black and white it.

The view, overall, is pretty standard for winter around here but the thing that attracted me to this particular scene is the solid reflection and the natural leading line it created from the corner of the frame.  Since I tend to be a symmetry person, I really wanted to wade into the center of the slow-moving winter stream and re-compose, but I didn’t have waterproof boots or waders.  Also, just outside of the frame where I would have stood, was a dangerous slippery spot that would have tumbled me down a little set of cascades.  haha  Hypothermia is a maybe, but ruining my camera is a definite no.

25 Responses to “Still Reflections, Winter’s Breath”

  1. artistspromenade January 22, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

    I love trees anytime of year and you captured a great shot.

  2. David Pasillas January 22, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    Thank you for not doing anything stupid and getting hurt or dead.

  3. Shayan January 22, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    Just Perfect!

    • seeingspotsphoto January 23, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

      Thank you! I can’t take all the credit…most of it was Mama Nature…but I definitely appreciate you taking the time to comment. 🙂

      • Shayan January 25, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

        Good point!

  4. Trapper Gale January 22, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful.

  5. talain45 January 23, 2014 at 2:31 am #

    Lovely image, Beautifully done, Michael 🙂

  6. ginnietom January 23, 2014 at 9:53 am #

    so light HDR, but fantastic mirroring…:-)))

    • seeingspotsphoto January 23, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

      Thank you! It was definitely a great memory. The whole hike out there was a bit surreal, but beautiful. 🙂

      • ginnietom January 23, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

        have a good friday, dear pal…:-)))

  7. Kirt D Tisdale January 23, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    Really great capture…the beauty of winter in the woods!

    • seeingspotsphoto January 24, 2014 at 11:15 pm #

      Thank you so much, Kirt! Kind words are always appreciated!

  8. evi January 24, 2014 at 8:28 am #

    wow, very peaceful, i like that picture a lot. i wish we had some sonw here in austria as well. but it’s getting colder, who knows what the weekend will bring 😉

    • seeingspotsphoto January 24, 2014 at 11:15 pm #

      Hopefully you find a bit of snow where you live too. Just as you said…those first few snowfalls, before winter gets bitterly cold, are so peaceful. 🙂

  9. Carissa January 26, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    So beautiful. The symmetry is wonderful.

  10. Pat January 31, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    Beautiful. Makes me almost like snow 😉

  11. absengeralois February 1, 2014 at 7:13 pm #


  12. fgassette February 11, 2014 at 3:46 pm #



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