As regular readers of my blog will know, I have been rather obsessed with this topic for the last couple of weeks. There are a plethora of photos of beautiful ice and snow in the posts previous to this one.
The managers of the blog “Gardening Gone Wild” have decided to continue the contest “Picture this” during the winter months. Needless to say, the theme has something to do with the garden in winter, specifically “Winter’s Beauty”. Once again the hordes are gathering, trying to find that one image that will touch the judge’s heart and mind and make him (or her) say, “This is The One.” The competition is fierce, there are many wonderful gardens and great photographers out there.
What I have found during my quest to capture the beauty of winter is that my camera’s batteries do not particularly appreciate being frozen to death — literally. They get so cold they are dead. That doesn’t take very long when it is 3º, let me tell you. So I have been running out and taking pictures, trying to make my camera work while my gloves are on, then running back in to switch to a warm battery, etc. Winter photography is a challenge around here.
Yesterday we had one of those magical snowstorms where the snow was made of big fluffy flakes rather than little pellets, it fell gently and covered the yard in a soft downy cottony layer. Once again I proved to my dog that I am certifiably insane, and trotted about taking as many pictures as I could before the camera got sulky.
The individual snowflake bejeweling the rose hip was a surprise when I downloaded my camera contents.
So this is my version of “Winter’s Beauty.”