“Warm Light in a Winter World”
“You think winter will never end, and then, when you don’t expect it, when you have almost forgotten it, warmth comes and a different light.”
― Wendell Berry
Warm, merely describes the spectrum of the light, certainly not its effect on the surroundings.
Once more, this winter, I find myself drawn to the trails, despite the bone chilling -20C temperatures. Despite a few days above freezing, winter was swooped back and locked the world in its icy grip once more.
As I stood making this image, the trees around me were literally cracking as they rapidly cooled. I don’t have video capability here, but if you are interested in this experience, go to my https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Felehming%2Fvideos%2F10156194337614391%2F&show_text=0&width=267“>Facebook feed for a listen, it’s quite surreal.
Back to the photo, it was surprising to me that they late afternoon sun would have such a warm quality, as it reflected off the trees. If I had not experienced the actual temperatures, I would be mislead to believe it was actually warmer.
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mmm
1/4 sec, f/32.0, ISO 400
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I opened the video. That was really something to hear.
It’s not the first time I experienced this, it’s so nice to be able to document it.
Love the quote, and how true. By the time spring arrives, we’re practically surprised (as we are by the first snowfall!).
Interesting note about the trees, noticed this myself on the trails. Where normally trees would creak as they sway, in these temperatures each emits a loud crack, as if it is about to break and fall. It reminded me of the sound of the ice cracking beneath us on the pond. Not little cracks from footfalls, but deep resounding claps as the ice fissures and settles on its liquid underlayment.
It’s quite amazing to stand in the quiet and hear them ‘adjust’, especially the pines and cedars.