I've been going through my 2015 photos, planning on a retrospective of the year to brighten up this colder, often grayer season. I found that the pictures that caught my eye varied depending on the theme or title I had in mind. So we may have several retrospectives in the weeks ahead. Today is the first installment on the theme of Catching the Light, mostly taken during the first quarter of the year.
Changeable November -- falling leaves, falling temps, snow, sun, rain . . . . this weekend it is warm and rainy. A few weeks ago we woke to a frosty morning, full of sugar-coated leaves.
I'm looking out my windows on this sunny winter day and enjoying the light and patterns. The garage windows are colder, and Jack Frost has been busy. Inside, I'm looking through the angles and patterns of a couple different glass cruets.
It's melting now, but earlier in the week we got snow -- nearly a foot of it, making patterns on the trellis and putting a cap on the bird feeders. Frost festooned the garage windows and the temperature fell below John's lower limit for biking to work. I took him in, since I needed the car later in the day, and the sun rose just as I dropped him off. It lit up a gauzy layer of infinitesimal snow crystals in the air, creating rainbows. Or would that be snowbows? I went over to campus to find an open spot for a photo and discovered a rainbow between me and the Music Center. I didn't go in to check for leprechauns -- there were diamond-tipped golden stems right in front of me. Later I went for a walk in the sunshine, enjoying the colors in the midst of all the white and the traces of those who had been out before me.
Our frosty mornings continue, followed by sunny days -- is this really November? There's that brief period after the sun is up but before it has really warmed up when I find leaves covered with crystals and outlined by light. It's providing me with a rare opportunity to use the phrase "rimmed with rime" to describe this series of leaf photos.
We've been waking to below freezing temperatures this week, though the frost has done its best to sugarcoat it all. Early morning sunlight on frosted plants makes for a light -filled walk and lots of exclamations.
A hard frost last night, and sunshine this morning. I went back to the prairie plantings on campus and was able to catch a few sparks of light before the warmth dispersed the frost.
And here's a before and after shot -- yesterday's coneflower above, and today's below.
And to close with, maple leaves in the sun.
My approach to contemplative photography --
Tell about it."
Mary Oliver in "Sometimes"