Experiencing the symptoms of “cabin fever” for the past week, we were encouraged by the weather forecast for Saturday morning: Sunshine! We neglected to look at the temperature prediction… It was time to give our cameras a workout. I was in desperate need for design inspiration! Give me some color, show me line and texture… Let’s see what nature had in store for us!
We were all packed and ready to go at first light, not venturing too far from home but far enough to get a change of scenery. In other words, I was growing tired of the same old tree branch with the sun shining through.
At our destination a couple kilometers “down the road” I jumped out of the car and immediately started focusing on the snowdrifts in the parking lot. Incredible what a full day of continuous snowfall and wind can create! The folds, the creases – truly amazing!
I fastened my snowshoes, threw the camera bag over my shoulder and headed out on the frozen lake. The wind was blowing but I was not going to give in to the elements today! I was captivated by the snow cover. Rippled and draped horizontally by the constant wind I dropped to my knees to capture the patterns with the first sun rays on the horizon. It was still too dark to achieve the optimal picture but I think you get the idea with image 3 of the slideshow above.
Arriving at an area with willow and brush at the same time the sun formed a full golden circle and illuminated the icy snow at my feet I realized just how cold it really was. Pulling my mittens on and off to adjust the settings on the camera finally had its affect. My fingers were throbbing with pain that is impossible to describe – my personal warning signal that I should turn around and warm up.
It felt like I was walking for hours to get back to the car – it was less than five minutes! I was never so glad to close the car door behind me. This is what happens when I haven’t seen the sun for a while: I get so enthusiastic about the promise of color in the landscape that I don’t check all the facts…
On the way home Colin calmly commented: “Well, no wonder you are so cold. It’s minus 26 C outside and with the wind it’s at least minus 35 C.”
I am glad my camera didn’t freeze, but best of all: I had my color fix for the weekend!