Pine boughs outlined by and supporting a thick blanket of snow. Mindful Life

Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #49)

Mindful Life: My Week in Photos

It’s a good day when the front door is still locked at nightfall. It means the only time you left the house is to head out the back door to play in the snow.

A good old fashioned snow day is one of the great pleasures of life. If you get two in a row, it’s unheard of and brilliant. I thank my lucky stars that my day job is flexible in that I can work from home. That means I had a little time to play outside during the day, take conference calls from the warm comfort of my home, and finish my work – all while staying off the roads.

If you’re thinking – Why would the tough, winter-worn people of Wisconsin get two snow days from 8 inches of snow? – you’d be right. Normally, that wouldn’t happen. Maybe, maybe… it would get us one snow day in a normal year. It’s all about timing and wind and steep winding roads.

This also marks my second week of The Art of Photography: How to Take Your Pictures to the Next Level, with Joy Sussman. Below are a few photography lessons and some images just for fun.

I hope you enjoy my week as much as I did!

The Art of Photography – When a Snow Storm Hits

More Chaos Theory

I practiced photographs based on chaos theory last week, but when there’s a snow storm and you have the chance… practice some more.

Mighty oak limbs supporting as much as 8 inches of snow fall. Mindful LifeMighty oak limbs supporting as much as 8 inches of snow fall.

Pine boughs outlined in a thick covering of snow. Mindful LifePine boughs outlined in a thick covering of snow.

Patterns

A pine plantation down the road from home. The wind in the snow storm blew straight against the tree trunks, giving them a skeletal look. I can almost believe that there's a magical door at the end of this corridor. Mindful LifeA pine plantation down the road from home. The wind in the snow storm blew straight against the tree trunks, giving them a skeletal look. I can almost believe that there’s a magical door at the end of this corridor.

The Middle Ground

The middle ground creates sharpness and focus in between two areas of blurred image, drawing the eye to the highlighted part. This is my favorite photography technique and practice has made me even more thoughtful about how I created images using it.

A park bench alongside the trail with peeling varnish. Mindful LifeA park bench alongside the trail with peeling varnish.

I crept as close as I dared to the edge of the creek to take this picture of the small amount of remaining snow clutching the limbs of this shrub. I liked the bokeh effect - circles of blurred light - of the sunlight reflecting off the creek. Mindful LifeI crept as close as I dared to the edge of the creek to take this picture of the small amount of remaining snow clutching the limbs of this shrub. I liked the bokeh effect – circles of blurred light – of the sunlight reflecting off the creek.

Wild grape vines creep up the pine trees in the summer months. All that's left in winter are the vines and their tendrils, and I wanted to highlight them against the pine bark. Mindful LifeWild grape vines creep up the pine trees in the summer months. All that’s left in winter are the vines and their tendrils, and I wanted to highlight them against the pine bark.

Crabapples offer a few lovely spots of color in the snow-white world. Mindful LifeCrabapples offer a few lovely spots of color in the snow-white world.

Tell Me a Story

It is the mark of a great photographer when their photos do more than capture an image. Their images tell a story, reminding us that more is happening beyond the frame of the shot. I still need so much practice in storytelling with images. Here are my most recent efforts from the storm.

A cozy log cabin nestled in the midst of the storm. Mindful LifeA cozy log cabin nestled in the midst of the storm.

This image Where is he headed on snowshoes in the chaos of snow and wilderness? Mindful LifeThis image leads us to wonder where he’s headed on snowshoes in the chaos of snow and wilderness.

Mindful Life – For Fun and Because I Love Them

Cat toes - so sweet! It really is the little things in life. Mindful LifeCat toes – so sweet!

Snow love for EVERYONE! "The snow doesn't give a soft white damn whom it touches." - E.E. Cummings. Mindful LifeSnow love for EVERYONE!
“The snow doesn’t give a soft white damn whom it touches.” ~ E.E. Cummings

Have a beautiful week and a mindful life!
Monica

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6 thoughts on “Mindful Life: My Week in Photos (Week #49)

    • Sarah, I like the way you think! I’ll have to keep this picture in mind for future book projects. 🙂 Thanks for the visit and comment! Monica

  1. Ahhhhhhhhhh. Once again, your photographs calm my mind and my spirit. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. The juxtaposition of all that bracing cold-air snow against the soft warmth of the kittens paws–yes, that’s a story. And I literally smelled the cold and the snow when I saw the “log cabin nestled in the midst of the storm.” Somewhere in my un-hung photographs is a framed image of me, long ago, in a narrow maxi coat and hand-crocheted helmet, standing among trees along a creek in just such a scene. I believe it’s that scent-memory your photo invoked.

    • Kathryn, Nothing could make me happier than my photos bringing up such a beautifully described memory. I can picture it in my mind. Thanks for visiting and for sharing! Monica

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