“It is growing cold. Winter is putting footsteps in the meadow. What whiteness boasts that sun that comes into this wood! One would say milk-colored maidens are dancing on the petals of orchids. How coldly burns our sun! One would say its rays of light are shards of snow, one imagines the sun lives upon a snow crested peak on this day. One would say she is a woman who wears a gown of winter frost that blinds the eyes. Helplessness has weakened me. Wandering has wearied my legs.”
― Roman Payne
Here it is, the first day of winter, the Winter Solstice. Though snow has been on the ground for a few days now, this is my first real venture onto the trails for a few days. I am now on Christmas holidays and decided that since work is done and presents wrapped, I’ spend a few hours on the trails just clearing my mind.
Today was bright, but overcast and quite chilly at -8 degrees celsius. This also meant that I had the trails to myself, which I prefer. With a few mild days before and the cold today the trails were a bit icy, but not treacherous, as they often get after heavy traffic packs the snow down. So, I was able to hike in boots, without the need of cleats yet.
The change that a bit of snow brings is astounding. Light appears in places that have been shaded all summer and the lack of leaves opens the forest up so you can see further and deeper, revealing the subtle changes that the previous three seasons have created. I’m also seeing things ‘more’. I’m more aware of subtle changes in the forest, since I’m out making photos all years and that has made me more aware of the things around me. So, I am experiencing this first day of winter with new eyes and a new perspective and simply having the time to fully immerse myself in it.
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD@85mm
1/4 sec, f/25.0, ISO 200