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Pictures for Pam, Day 90: Plywood Knot with Snow

Pictures for Pam, Day 90: Plywood Knot with Snow
(+7 insets!) (please view large!)

Last night I poked my head out our upper deck door and couldn't believe what I heard. Frogs singing. It's below 30 degrees out there and there are so many froggies singing at the pond that I can hear them loudly all the way up here! I told Steve and he didn't believe me until he opened the door and listened. We are amazed. Those frogs just don't care if it's ski season for them, they're determined to find dates for Winter Froggy Prom!

I woke up today and looked out to see a lovely dusting of snow over everything. How beautiful it was. And COLD! It's not supposed to get over 40 degrees today, and when I stepped out for my walk it was 27 degrees again, brrrrr!!!

At the beginning of my walk I took a picture of the snow in our meadow, the golden glow of the sun trying to warm the world up. You'll see this as a panorama inset which I thought turned out very nicely!

It was so pretty to see the snow lightly blanketing everything as I walked up and down the driveway. I was only doing three laps today because it's just too cold, but I also knew that I needed to brave the cold for another 15 minutes. The fact was that I really did need to take pictures. Snow is forecast for several more days this coming week but I've noticed that reports are usually wrong. So, if I wanted pictures, I had to take them right away. Even now, at 8am, I could see that the snow was already melting. I didn't have a moment to waste!

I was ready to go in five minutes, swapping my shoes with my rubber boots and adding knee pads. I already had my macro flash on my camera in preparation, so out the door I went, bee-lining it to the burned shed as I'd planned.

My my my...all the cool pictures! I scoped the scene and immediately found a screw with a snowy hat! Snow balanced on a burned hole in the plywood! A lovely whorl of knot-centered plywood with a dab of snow balanced precariously on an edge...a rusty nail sticking out with a frozen droplet on it...many other wonderful things to take pictures of too, it was fabulous. I will need to go back for more, many interesting opportunities but not enough time!

Time...fifteen minutes came and went...and I was away in my photographic dream. I knew I'd passed my time-limit when my toes started yelling at me.

But...I heard the gentle call from the sporophytes rising out of the moss on the nearby Oak trees...and I couldn't resist them. I strayed from the shed and drifted into the woods...so many lovely pictures to take...so many wonderful scenes to find. My toes were hurting more with each passing moment but...there were little mounds of snow on the moss with sporophytes topped with droplets! How could I not take pictures?

Finally after about 45 minutes my feet refused to go anywhere but towards the house, yelling and screaming all of the way. My hands were also cold, though the rest of me, bundled up nicely, was comfortable. Immediately upon entering the house the boots flew off and I stuck my feet on the heater. If they had a voice they would be groaning with pleasure to feel that warmth directly applied to them. I know, I know...I should be ashamed of myself for being so mean to my poor frozen feeties! Well, they warmed up just fine...it took fifteen minutes of frying them on the heater but finally they were warmed up again. Heh. I'm horrible. But what can I say? Sometimes I am but a mere puppet controlled by my passion, without a choice in the matter! :)

Today I'm sharing a bunch of pictures from the burned shed--I hope you enjoy the show! (I got some wonderful sporophyte pictures too, but they will have to wait for another day!)

Pam, I bet you know all about what it's like to lose yourself in your passions. I can see the "creative crazy person" in many of your presentations...when we make things like this I think you have to lose yourself in the moment! It's a wonderful feeling though, isn't it? To just "become" part of the passion that drives you...it's a delicious thing. Kind of like being on a different level or dimension...I don't know. It can't really be described in words but all creative people know what this is and we all crave it!

I hope that you are able to get some creativity into your life, Pam...the conditions have to be right but I sure do hope you have them or get them sometime soon! *BIG HUGS FROM SOUTHERN OREGON*

Explored on 2/7/19, highest placement, #2.

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35 comments - The latest ones
uwschu club
Interessante Fotostrecke aus der Nahdistanz, sehr schön, Janet!
20 months ago.
neira-Dan club
superbe série !! J'adore celle avec le clou dans la neige
20 months ago.
©UdoSm club
A beautiful series ...
20 months ago.
 Gliip N
Gliip N club
world of wood and snow
Very beautiful series
20 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
20 months ago.
 Jadviga Grase
Jadviga Grase club
Wonderful macro series!
20 months ago.
Gudrun club
You could frame and hang them in a gallery! The details in the wood are just amazing!
20 months ago.
ROL/Photo club
A BIG WAOUHHHH Janet.. à nouveau une beauté
de la nature que tu as su mettre en valeur..
beau regard et composition artistiques une fois de plus
20 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Terrific series of winter image from a clever point of view, great work Janet.
20 months ago.
sunlight club
It's a wonderfull series of nature Janet !
20 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Excellent main shot and PiPs, even if the panorama inset won't open for me, I wonder why?
20 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Such a wonderful series of winter images; very well done Janet.
20 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Exceptional series!

Admired in:
20 months ago.
 Guy Bacca
Guy Bacca club
Une très belle série
20 months ago.
 Thorsten (T.S-B.)
Thorsten (T.S-B.) club
The eye!
A great series with wonderful close ups. One of my favorites is the fourth PiP with the great bokeh.
20 months ago.
Boro club
20 months ago.
 Pierre Florisoone
Pierre Florisoone
Excellente série *****
Neira dit clou moi je pense vis ??
Mais c'est ma préférée !
20 months ago.
 Soeradjoen (very limited time)
Soeradjoen (very lim… club
Great series Janet!
20 months ago.
Zulma club
I don't agree with you...you, the speaker in the inset note, are cooler either way, large or not!! I tell you that I always like your photos Janet, but these are just superb my dear Pod Sister. The one that smiles back at me and then started to sing as you clicked is one of my faves...I almost heard her. BELLA BELLA BELLA! a huge hug Janet.
20 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Nice series of shots, great tones, textures and detail.
20 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Not many people would even consider going out in the snow and cold, to a burned down building to take photos.........................only you Janet :-))

I'm glad you did though as you have a fine collection here. The main image is, of course, superb but I REALLY like the 5th PiP of the snow-capped screw - it's really wonderful..!!

I also especially like the 2nd PiP, which is beautifully abstract!

I musn't forget the pano image either............the light is glorious!

Thanks for all your recent comments on my photos - always much appreciated.
20 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh what a simply gorgeous view of your pasture. You are lucky so-and-so's to have so much beauty around you. I love the way the snow has settled on various items which emphasises the shape of each part.

I do fully understand your passion for taking pictures even if the weather isn't condusive to you being outside for long. You just say to yourself -" just another minute won't hurt because I just want to capture that. It won't be there tomorrow". Trouble is - the "minute" always seem to be more than that.

The PiP's are superb, but it does mean that it must be cold there. Wouldn't it be a great invention of a skirt that goes round your legs with heating pads inside so you are wonderful toasty all the time?
20 months ago.
Ruth club
This is a wonderful image Janet, the colours and textures are just amazing.
20 months ago.
cammino club
Ice crystals in a very unusual place!
20 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe photo avec notes. Nicole.
20 months ago.
 Graham Chance
Graham Chance club
Superb series Janet. Lovely detail in the old timber/charred timber.
20 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful set of pictures!
20 months ago.
Danielle club
C'est d'une grande BEAUTÉ++++++++++++
20 months ago.
RHH club
Wonderful series of images, Janet. I particularly like the snow on the nailhead, but they are all excellent. The snow really adds a beautiful element to everything. Good that you can look at the remains of the burned shed and not be upset. Perhaps the opportunity for photos helps to look at it more objectively, and certainly though Steve and you lost a lot you most didn't loose each other or the house.

Like the series of panoramic views you've given us also. If I had the kind of a view I think I'd get a panorama every day. What a series that would be to look back on and what memories that would hold. We're very fortunate to live more or less out in the country, but we have no real view. We have woods behind us and the lake to the east but it is visible only from one of the upstairs window and not much of it. We have to walk for our views.

It's been very cold here, almost too cold to be out. We haven't had to deal with much snow and cold for years, not until we moved here and at our age it's an adjustment. It seems my feet are always cold and the house never seems quite warm enough. Supposed to have this weather for the rest of this week and all of next. Does bring out the birds, though. Saw the first Nuthatches yesterday, though why they haven't been around I don't know.

When walking yesterday we heard a flock of birds making a racket. Don't know if they were locals or migrants but it sounded a bit like spring, though that may only have been my "overly-eager-for-spring" imagination. Surprised you haven't seen the doves I posted today in your area. They are supposed to have moved into your area even before they moved in here. They're beautiful but I don't particularly like non-native birds and plants.

Guess that's enough rambling. Oh, I did see the three moose again Tuesday and Nancy saw them yesterday. They were at the north end of the lake, so we've been keeping our eyes open and making sure we have our cameras along. The lichens we saw were not the Bird's-nest Fungi, though I would love to see that. I'll post photos tomorrow or Saturday.
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
Esther club
A marvelous series of ice crystals.
20 months ago.
 J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot club
Outstanding set of pictures Janet.
Each one more astonishing than the former one.
20 months ago.
X-pose club
Put the ice a bit out of the centre and the picture will be better, I suppose
20 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
What a great ice crystal series! The crystals in the main picture look like rock crystals which are growing out of the wood. The structure of the wood is interesting. The insets are great. My favourite picture is the inset with the screw which is looking out of the ice crystals. The small crystal hat on the head of the screw is lovely.
20 months ago.
Valfal club
A stunning series, Janet! I always enjoy looking at your work!
20 months ago.
micritter club
Superb macros! Splendid capture of the ice crystals.
20 months ago.

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