As I’ve mentioned many times, winter is not without its’ beauty, whether it be the constantly changing landscape of snow and ice or the layered textures and tonal variations of prairie and wetland grasses.
Our last stop this past weekend was along Blackdog road, a location we have often used to try to get some Eagle shots. On the way in we stumbled onto this wetland in the Minnesota River bottoms. The little stream you see immediately caught my eye as its’ glass smooth surface penetrated the rougher textures of the surrounding grasses and plants. Since we were shooting from the edge of the road there weren’t a lot spots where we could get easily frame a shot without including parts of the trees and shrubs that lined the road.
A few years ago, pre-polar Vortex, I did a series on wet land plants after they froze. One of the plant types I focused on was the Milk Weed, I wanted to capture the contrast of the frozen above ground portion and the release of its’ seeds. The seed release signaled the plant’s coming rebirth in the spring.
This photo is one from that series and shows the frozen seed pods exposing their contents to the wind so the seeds could be scattered and the plant reborn. It reminded me of the return of Persephone from Hades and the pending rebirth that spring represents.