Friday, February 7, 2014

My Magical Snow-Covered Tree

I photographed more this week than I have in quite some time. This is a good thing. I think that photography might be a positive form of addictive behavior for me--the more I do, the more I want.

I attribute the active camera week to the availability of good subjects. Friends stayed with us last weekend, which I took as an invitation to obsessively photograph their toddler. The first snow of the week was a wet, heavy snow that stayed on the trees and begged to be photographed. The second snow caused a school cancellation, so I had bored kids around. My ever-posing daughter and I even set up a backdrop--a clothesline and solid sheet--to make our own photo booth.

After careful consideration, I've decided to go with nature for this Photo Friday. The Japanese Maple in our backyard looked so splendid on Monday night that I trudged through the snow, in the dark, in a driving snow, with my tripod just to try to capture it. Fortunately, we have one exterior light on the back of the house that casts some light onto the tree.

Japanese Maple in Snow - Flotsam of the Mind

Can you believe this thing? Absolutely gorgeous. It looks almost magical to me.

Japanese Maple in Snow - Flotsam of the Mind

The tree is striking at other times of the year, but the snow drew my attention to it in a way that rarely happens in winter. It really made me appreciate the beauty of its shape.

Japanese Maple in Snow - Flotsam of the Mind

In case you don't believe that I was getting snowed on for my art, you can see the falling snow in the next photo.

Japanese Maple in Snow - Flotsam of the Mind

Like most Americans in cold climates, I'm pretty much done with winter. Even a peek at a daffodil would change my demeanor for the better. Until then, at least I was able to appreciate one snow before I needed to drive around in the slushy mess.