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A natural end of the day

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.

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Waiting for Persephone

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.

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Chasing the subtle light of winter

For my friends from the Twin Cities, if you’ve noticed this year while driving either direction on 494 just above the the Ft. Snelling State Park lake, take a look. Depending on the light you might see that the tops of all the trees are a very light grey, while the main body of the frees are dark, it is an example of how the winter light reveals very subtle layering of tones.

On New Year’s day we headed out first to the arboretum, then to Ft. Snelling State Park, and lastly the Shepard road over look of the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers to try capture some of that subtleness.

While we weren’t able to capture the greys of Ft. Snelling, the photo below reveals the “hidden” layers of tones within the gaggle of leafless branches of the river bottoms as seem from above.

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