I think I got it! I think I captured a snowflake, or at least two stacked on top of each other. Check the gallery below to see it up close and my favorite—moss—with snow!
It was quite strange waking up on March 6 to a trace of snow on the ground. It was lightly snowing when I was taking shots, and I wasn’t at all expecting to see the actual shape of a snowflake in my photos. I didn’t think the kit lens was capable. What a fun surprise!
P.S. The image darkened after bringing it into WordPress. I’m not sure what that’s about.
I captured my first sunrise today, the 60th day of this project. 305 days to go! This could actually be THE first sunrise I have ever shot, or at least one of a very few. Which is silly during winter because the sun rises at a reasonable time and I really can’t use the “it’s too early” excuse for missing them.
This fun idea came to me when I was walking with our dog in the backyard. It’s not the perfect picture I had in my head, but I like it!
I enjoyed watching the bare barberry (sounds like a name for a distillery) branches light up in reddish brown tones when the sunlight shone through the trees. The contrast with the snow was delightful, providing a nice background. I was very careful to not smoosh my face too close – those thorns are sharp!
We’ve had snow for days, which is unusual as it typically melts off within a day or two. Luckily, this week’s theme at tookapic.com is snow. I’ve been able to post a weekly-theme photo each day this week!
I drove in these conditions for the first time today – with my husband as a passenger! – and it’s super icy and slick in many places. I would have missed this amazing sunset if I had stayed in my warm and comfortable home. This project is getting me out of my comfort zone and doing things I normally don’t.
My spirit is uplifted when spending time in nature – a great way to start the day. Something I need, and I need to do more of. When I don’t commune with nature, I start forgetting that I need it. It’s not just me. Time spent in nature – even our own backyards – benefits our health, physically, spiritually, and psychologically.
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he[she] seeks.” ― John Muir
I have visited this spot several times since starting this project on December 1 and today was the first time Mount Hood was fully visible. This view is a few minutes’ drive and about a 30-minute walk (uphill, and longer if you stop to take pictures of all the glorious nature) from my home. The mountain isn’t in view until you are practically facing it, so it can be fun to take people up here and surprise them.
Something is technically not right about this shot and I don’t know enough to know what or why. My gut tells me I shouldn’t be seeing reds and blues, like a pair of 3D movie glasses. My gut also loves this shot!
My brain googled (in the comfort of my home, not the snow). Color noise is what I’m seeing and it’s due to a high ISO of 3200. After I took this shot, I changed ISO from auto to 100 to “just see” what it would do. (I’m in an auto-mode learning mode.) Each of those shots did not have color noise! But they were blurry. The lower ISO also lowered the shutter speed, keeping the lens open longer to allow more light to pass through. I do not have a steady hand for longer exposures. I think a tripod would have solved this dilemma! I also think I should turn auto ISO off.
So clearly my gut chose this shot for my brain to learn something! Well, relearn. Photography has not been a consistent hobby over the years. One of my goals with this project is to make it a consistent hobby and stop relearning!
The Google rabbit hole guided me from “moss hair” to “sporophytes” and Google images provided visual confirmation. This tiny garden just needs a few tiny gnomes… on a sled!
Today was one of those days. I took about 200 photos, mainly trying to get a shot of something pictured in my mind. It did not work out. That’s how I learn – try to figure out why it didn’t work and how to make it work next time – so while it’s frustrating, it’s merely a growing pain.
I’m surprised by the pink hue. This image is direct from the camera, shot in sRGB, and no editing. It was raining and about 4:30 pm. For locals, you can see this shed on the right side of the road up to Scouters Mountain Nature Park.