I posted recently on the Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail…explaining how I had set out one morning in search of something beautiful to photograph, despite all the grays and whites of winter. I’m 100% convinced that, no matter WHEN you hit this trail, you will find that beauty. On that particular day, the trail was basically free of snow (check back a couple of posts to see all of those photos), so when we did have a Saturday night of snow and ice a week later, I went back to try to capture the changes along the trail. I wasn’t disappointed.
Seriously, it sometimes begins to feel so GRAY as the winter drags on. Even on this trail which I enjoy so much, you will notice that the beauty itself comes from the very fact that most of these pics could be B&W photos, or pen and ink drawings. It’s such a simple, basic beauty…not the breathtaking colors of a sunrise or sunset (and how beautiful have they been recently? Answer: spectacular.)…but the varying hues and shades of gray.
I had a friend who once challenged me to try to find and focus on the splashes of color that may go unnoticed in these dreary winter months. I am thinking on this idea right now. I may now accept that challenge, and pass it along to my readers and followers on Facebook. I will post more on this over the weekend as I develop the idea. Maybe a contest of some sort!
Imagine how awesome it would be if I had captured a bright red cardinal streaking across any one of these pictures. That moment of color just splashed across the gray. While I love the beauty and simplicity of these photos, I think it would be a fun challenge to try to capture all those tiny bursts of color. My next post will deal with my finalized ideas in this regard. I really like the idea of a contest. I will see what I can come up with.
In the meantime, here are a few more photos. I have to get ready for work…the day job awaits. Have a beautiful day everyone, and try to stay warm. Take a few moments throughout your day to just stop and notice how beautiful everything really is when you take the time to look.