The end of a cold winter

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields that it kisses them so gently ?  And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt, and perhaps it says “go to sleep darlings, till the summer comes again ”  Lewis Carroll.

This winter was very cold.  Most days were -20°C and I didn’t go out much on photographic excursions.  Now Spring is at our doors and before concentrating on flower photography and verdant landscapes I’d like to share these two images I took last December, a few days before Christmas.

It was a peaceful end of afternoon.  The only sounds were coming from my snowshoes sinking in the snow and, occasionally, from a little chickadee’s distinct whistle.  I could hear, way up above me, tree branches cracking in the wind.  I would stop, looking in the distance, observing, listening.  Silence, solitude, peace…

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Enchantment and gratitude to witness this beautiful end of afternoon.  You can see this photo with a better image quality here.  Scroll down if you’re interested to read a Behind The Lens story I wrote.

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We are now at the first days of Spring and it’s always with a bit of regret that I see the end of winter coming.  But at the first notes of the song sparrow I know I’ll be ready for Spring.

A beautiful weekend to all of you !

 

 

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Wintry landscapes

Happy New Year to all of you !

My wish for you for this new year is that it may bring you peace, harmony, joy, inspiration, love, friendship, good health and great success in all you undertake !   Thank you for your presence on my blog and for all your comments, they are greatly appreciated !

The holidays are over and now is the beginning of a new year. And in the course of this new year there is one thing I would like to improve, one area in photography that is not my strong point, and that is landscape photography.  I seem to be struggling in knowing what makes a beautiful landscape photo.  Sometimes I’m sure a specific scenery will make a beautiful photo but it finally proves to be pretty ordinary, while, at other times, it is all the contrary.  How puzzling !

So, over the past few weeks I have started my journey into trying to improve landscape compositions and also training my eyes to see details, sometimes small details, that can enhance and completely change a landscape. Here are a few photos.

Cross-country ski trails

Cross-country trails

The church steeple of St-Joseph De Beauce

Winter scenery

The old barn at dusk

The old barn at dusk

The valley, St-Joseph De Beauce

The valley 2, St-Joseph De Beauce

St-Joseph de Beauce

St-Joseph de Beauce

Winter’s magic

Winter's magic

There are some great photography books and the one’s I’m reading right now are Christopher O’Donnell’s e-books, The Golden Hours : A guide to photographing the light of sunrises and sunsets.  If you want to know the secrets behind gorgeous sunrises/sunsets photos, this e-book is for you.  And The Art Of Bokeh : A guide to using shallow depths in landscape photography.  Christopher O’Donnell photography is simply superb and breathtaking, you can visit his website by clicking here.

It is now time for me to hit these cross-country ski trails !

Happy week-end everybody !

Jocelyne

Winter pleasures

Hello !

I don’t have a favourite season, each one of them has something to offer, some memories to cherish of magical moments I had with each passing season.

In winter, my most memorable days are closely linked to the woods.  I spend all week ends cross-country skiing or snowshoeing when temperatures drops below -18°C.  Winter has plenty of fun things to do outdoors and I love them all.  Here are a few photos I shot which reflects my love for the season.

How can I not have a snowman in my winter theme ?  I had so much fun making one with Winny.

Here I am at the trails and ready to go for 15 km.


Walking in the quiet enveloping woods, only hearing the muffled sounds of my snowshoes slightly sinking in the snow is a form of meditation.  The surrounding trees fill me with a renewed energy.  This wood has lots of deers, we can see many hoof-prints but I never saw a deer there.

Arriving in the warmth of our home, tea and cookies awaits us as well as Winny who peered at the door, hoping we’d be home soon.


The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event.  You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, an if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found ?  J.B. Priestley
Have a nice week everyone !
Jocelyne
Today I’m joining Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday

The first snow

Hello !

3 days ago we had our first snow and suddenly it was winter…

Even with a dreary sky it doesn’t matter, snow illuminates it all

The quiet stream is lightly covered in a soft blanket of snow

Winny couldn’t resist sticking his nose under the snow, hoping to catch a mole

Soon the deer will return to their winter trails and, in the evening, going along this stream they will come to our backyard to eat the sunflower seeds under the bird feeders.

During the night it all melted and this morning we woke up to fall colours again and warmer temperatures.  Now the Christmas decor looks like this

I’m hoping we’ll get more snow soon so we can have a white Christmas but I have no doubt about it since I only saw one green Christmas, here in Beauce, in the last 10 years.

Has it snowed where you live already ?  I’m wishing you a wonderful week-end and upcoming week.

Jocelyne