Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Finding Beauty in a Frozen World
I am really having a hard time getting through the month of January! I can't remember the last time I saw the sun. It was supposed to be 40 last weekend but the weatherman lied. I have to admit there was ONE benefit to the weather, the trees and shrubs were beautiful, covered with hoarfrost. But I forgot to bring my winter boots and my feet froze while I walked around my parents' farm taking pictures. It really wasn't optimal shooting conditions either. White snow, white fog, white frost, white sky. Geez, talk about monochromatic! It almost hurt. (Well, my toes did anyway!)
There was a layer of frost crystals on everything. Serious crystals, the little pointy ones. This is the wire fencing.
Even the cobwebs hanging from the eaves didn't escape the frost.
Winter berries still hanging on the Crabapple trees. At least it provides some color!
I sat inside and defrosted my toes and watched the birds outside. My mom has tons of birds and they know how to party! I caught some pretty colorful visitors.
I have to take the opportunity to say that I LOVE MY CAMERA! I upgraded my camera this Christmas, alas it's not a DSLR (yet) but I think it's the next best thing. I bought a Sony Cybershot H2O. It has a 10X superzoom, one of my requirements. But because of the extended lens it's a bit bigger than a pocket point and shoot. But that's okay, because I LOVE it. And cameras really weren't meant to go in your back pocket anyway, right? Best of all, it's very easy to use. Intuitive and user friendly. If it were a computer, it would be a Mac, hehe. All the bird pictures I took (and there are LOTS more) were taken from inside the house through a glass door. Super zoomed in. Awesome huh?
Huh. I just let my dog outside for her bedtime pee and saw a coyote running down the street. Yes, I live in the middle of suburbia. About half a mile from the tollway and other major streets. Weird. I'm glad my dog is afraid of the dark or she would have run to the street to greet it. I'm also glad my dog is bigger than the coyote. Several small dogs have been snatched in the neighborhood by coyotes. But I digress...
Well, I'll leave you with a picture of Dusty the barn cat. He expresses my exact feelings about the dreary winter days.