“December Freeze Up”
“December’s wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer’s memory…”
― John Geddes
Seriously, I could stop my post here with this all too appropriate quote. As I stood, gazing across the cloudy pond surface, northwest winds whipping past my face, summer was truly a distant memory. Yet, the beauty remains (and the bugs are gone).
I put just a slight movement into this image, just enough to add a misty feel, highlighting the brightness of the distant birch trees, which dominate the far shore.
As I stood on that shore, I wondered how many people just stroll past, walking their dogs or simply in their own worlds, and miss this lovely scene? I’ve made images from the same point and had local friends ask me where the picture was taken.
In this instance, the light and clouds play an integral part in the overall composition, combining with the yellowed grasses and rushes to create a feel of a cold autumn day. ducks and geese have long since migrated to warmer climes, leaving the water’s surface undisturbed and rife for a good freezing. SO, since we have had evenings well below freezing, the approaching winter is letting us know it not too far off, relegating summer and balmy days to fond memory.
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD@78mm
1/4 sec, f/32.0, ISO 100
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Beautiful shot. Looks cold!!
It was ‘brisk’, but refreshing.
Ed, beautiful images. I’ve been in places that were stunning nature while people walked past me with their cell phones as they were texting, missing everything that we are so gifted to have around us.
Thank you. Absolutely, people are so busy they miss most of life.
Very nice image and accompanying quote. I really like the way the subdued earth tones are offset by the blue sky and white clouds.
Thank you. A very slight vertical pan effect.
Beautifully composed, and those colours – wow! Hope you’re not too cold.
No, it was not too bad. Just enough to freeze things up