picture tuesday : cold light

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South March Highlands, ON

There’s snow on the ground now, and though it will be gone tomorrow, the certainty that winter is here can’t be mistaken. From the immense silence that’s settled onto the landscape to the way a frozen branch cracks underfoot. The matter is settled. A new season is upon us.

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picture tuesday – the last warm light

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South March Highlands, ON

I’m always amazed how nature changes so fast. And lucky to catch the last of the seasons display.

Bursting with colour and warmth only two weeks ago, winter has arrived with advancing greys, dampness and pale light.

The shift is sometimes so rapid it astounds me. Massive blocks of air sweeping down from the arctic while the sun, low on the horizon, does it’s best to provide light. Gone is the thought of heat in it’s rays.  Any warmth we might see from now on, will come from giant oceans far away to the south.

There’s already more than 2″ of ice on the water and the woods are virtually silent. Eeven in the mid-afternoon.

The world looks different now with the stark structure of land beginning to emerge from the trees.

à bientôt…..

 

 

picture tuesday – mt. rushmore

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Mt. Rushmore, SD

 

The Black Hills of South Dakota are perhaps one of the most sacred places in North America.

With four thousand archaeological sites spanning a period of  12,000 years, they are still worshipped by the Lakota as “the heart of everything that is”.

The Black Hills are also the home of Mt. Rushmore. Visited by  2.4 million tourists last year.

picture tuesday – winter winds

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Elliot Lake, ON

The winds have shifted and the first few flurries of snow arrived in Elliot Lake last week.  The intense heat of the summer sun has retreated to a gentle warmth that struggles against the faintest breeze.

Nights are cold now. The heat of the day leaking out into space and not replaced.

Winter is definitely in the air.  A dark and quiet calm has descended onto the landscape and you can hear the sound of the wind in open trees.

picture tuesday – to brenda with love

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When we start out, we never really know where we’re going. We follow the sounds, the smells and the things that touch our hearts and lead our souls.

It often occurs to me that taking a good photograph is not necessarily hidden in the subject matter as much as it is what the photographer brings to it.

Blending a lifetime of experiences and inspiration together to bear on a single moment of understanding and expression is a wonderful experience and even more satisfying when it can be shared.

I will be away until next wee and am sharing some of the joy and celebration that has gone into my understanding of the world.