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It’s about time I posted this stuff …

09 Mar

My life has been a tad stirred up, lately, but if I wait much longer, folk will think I've moved to the Southern Hemisphere … Tierra del Fuego, maybe. I've been sitting on these for too long.

Anyway, we had a rather unusual snowstorm. This was in February, and the weather got all twisted up. Now, here on the Western shore of Lake Michigan, we normally get a few lake-effect snowstorms, when the wind is just right … usually the Low passes just to the South of us, and for a brief period, the winds come over the lake and into our faces. But this time the Low was BIG, and it was spinning away, off to the East, over Michigan and Ohio/New York. So, it had a long reach, for a long time. The temps were just right to produce a heavy, wet, sticky snow; the winds were strong without being destructive, and there was our good ol' Lake Michigan, begging the wind to take its moisture. The wind did, and knew just what to do with it.




Well, that's amazing … I got halfway through this post, and my wonderful Opera Browser went dead on me … it wouldn't do anything. I thought it was the browser, but apparently it was also the site, because I couldn't get it to work with Firefox, either. So I went away from here. And now, the stuff is posted, at least as far as I got. I thought for sure I was going to have to start over.

So, continuing, from the point where I was so rudely interrupted:






Just a note of explanation of the photo above … you might notice that the tree is that same oak that was the colour of a copper beech last fall … I thought it an interesting contrast.

And the last … a macro, in that strange snowy world:

That's the last of that snowstorm … a curious quality of it was that there seemed to be pictures nowhere, because there was this odd "sameness" to everything, and there seemed to be pictures anywhere one pointed one's lens … very odd.

The next day, here's my little creek again:


And I reckon I've stressed the server enough, and I've kinda shot my wad, so …
Cheers

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43 responses to “It’s about time I posted this stuff …

  1. Berith1

    March 12, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Hi and thanks for sharing beautiful winter pictures. I appreciate that. And I think I owe you an apology. I seem to sit and wait for people to view my post and forget about viewing others. I want to thank you for all the times you have read my blog. And I will try to become a better on-liner. I will try.

     
  2. debplatt

    March 12, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    I once accidentally closed my browser while composing a blog. Opera went ahead and published everything I had typed up until that point as a "private" article. It seemed that no notification went out to my subscribers after changing the access level to public.Since I live in Ohio, we had a similar experience in terms of snow. Of the photos above, my favorites were the one with the branches and the one with the treeline. There's something about the way the snow traces the branches and twigs that's very appealing. And I like the contrast between the white snow and the dark branches. In the treeline photo, I like the sense of texture I get from all the shades of gray created by the trees and the snow. Plus it stirs up some of my own memories of trudging through the snow and seeing similar sights.BTW I did two photo albums this past February: A Wintry Mix and Snohio.

     
  3. derWandersmann

    March 12, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Yes, and for some insane reason, I'm not getting notifications of these comments, either. Damnation!Re the treeline, I don't know if you share my background (Bitzy definitely doesn't; she never heard of the book), but I get a mental image of the Mole and the Water Rat trudging homeward in the Winter. The Chapter is "Dulce Domum".Some of the earlier ones make me think of Mole's impulsive trip to the Wild Wood.Now don't tell me you've never heard of the book, either. Things are getting mighty lonesome in my "shared" culture. No one remembers anything that Disney hasn't buggered up.

     
  4. debplatt

    March 12, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Well that provoked me to poke around in my bookcase. I've got Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows next to me on the sofa right now. However it's been so long since I read it that I'm not remembering it well now. :(It was beside Thornton W. Burgess' The Adventure of Danny Meadow Mouse and Mother West Wind's Neighbors. These were favorites of mine as young child. And I've got a couple Uncle Wiggily books…

     
  5. derWandersmann

    March 12, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I still read The Wind in the Willows … maybe once every couple of years. It's still fresh. It ought to be required reading. My edition has the Rackham illustrations, and the introduction by A.A.Milne. Milne says it's the sort of book that one gives to one's fianceé, and if she doesn't like it, one asks her to return one's letters. I also think that one ought to watch La Gloire de mon Père at least once a year, but that's not exactly germane.I never got into Uncle Wiggily, but the Burgess books were standard fare. And, of course, Pooh.Thank you for renewing my faith.

     
  6. Merc1

    March 14, 2010 at 3:03 am

    i love winter scenes! these a beautiful and nicely taken 🙂

     
  7. derWandersmann

    March 14, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you …

     
  8. Tabmartel

    March 14, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Gorgeous photo's DW!We have had an exceptional winter here..Good grief barely any snow and warm temperatures..Ottawa the new Florida lol.

     
  9. studio41

    March 15, 2010 at 1:03 am

    this is a lovely view you've shared, thank you! glad you enjoyed this.I've lost a couple of uploaded pics of late, but cannot remember if I was using the Opera browser or not- just my photo album here.

     
  10. opcat

    March 15, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    très difficile de prendre des arbres et paysages enneigés .belle sensibilité , technique au pointvery difficult to make trees and snowy landscapes. greater sensitivity. technique developed

     
  11. derWandersmann

    March 15, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Thank you … I think. (My French is execrable, but that seems to work out to a compliment, using several translating engines.)

     
  12. derWandersmann

    March 16, 2010 at 12:03 am

    :yes:

     
  13. opcat

    March 16, 2010 at 12:03 am

    yes of course it's a compliment

     
  14. opcat

    March 16, 2010 at 12:03 am

    you are in doubt, with his photos very well doneEven if I have a compact now I had a reflex silver. A reflex is much better

     
  15. MrLeffe

    March 16, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    So very beautiful Winterpictures. It looks like we all have had the winter in one way or the other. Thank you so very much for sharing 😀 😀

     
  16. PainterWoman

    March 18, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    I can hardly believe how much snow the Mid-west and East Coast have received this season. Even our mountains up north had record snow. The two ski resorts are extending their being open to April which is unheard of for Arizona!

     
  17. ForestFloor

    March 19, 2010 at 8:03 am

    This looks exactly like the snow storm we got on February 24-25th! Was this the date?

     
  18. opcat

    March 19, 2010 at 9:03 am

    weather page? :confused: we had severe snowfall in the south of France in March, which is very rare

     
  19. Lilua

    March 21, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I love the quietness of your pictures. Winter is a peaceful time, too

     
  20. Lilua

    March 21, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I love the quietness of your pictures. Winter is a peaceful time, too

     
  21. Lilua

    March 21, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    And if you have some good books I ought to read, give me a tip 🙂

     
  22. derWandersmann

    March 21, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Originally posted by Lilua:

    And if you have some good books I ought to read, give me a tip

    The books we mentioned above, Lilua, are really classics, and may be seen as such again, once this generation of Philistines and TV addicts goes away … if they do. They are, of course, in English, which you seem to command with a certain amount of skill, but I don't know if you really want to read English kiddie lit written in a style from the Edwardian period.Originally posted by PainterWoman:

    I can hardly believe how much snow the Mid-west and East Coast have received this season. Even our mountains up north had record snow. The two ski resorts are extending their being open to April which is unheard of for Arizona!

    My section of the Midwest received relatively little snow this season … last season we got within tenths of an inch of 100" … that's 254 cm in that crazy French system 😉 … but this is an el Niño winter, and that brings us this sort of pattern. The heavy snow goes either to the south or north of us … the steering agent, aka the jet stream, seems to avoid Milwaukee and dump on Chicago (or farther south) or Sheboygan and Minnesota/Northern Wisconsin, instead. Uh … and Fargo, LOL. The Ohio Valley and Eastern Seaboard took a shellacking because of it. I suspect the queer weather in Europe is attributable to the same phenomenon.Originally posted by Lilua:

    I love the quietness of your pictures. Winter is a peaceful time, too

    Thank you, Lilua … I seek out that quietness.

     
  23. ForestFloor

    March 21, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I am closest to Lake Ontario. It certainly looked like the same storm 🙂

     
  24. derWandersmann

    March 21, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Originally posted by ForestFloor:

    This looks exactly like the snow storm we got on February 24-25th! Was this the date?

    Close … my pics were made on the 22nd. I suppose it might have taken a couple of days to get to you. What lake are you near, to get so much lake effect?

     
  25. derWandersmann

    March 21, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Yes … Lake Ontario would feed it very well, probably on the front side.

     
  26. Lilua

    March 23, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    hmmm…. ok! is there a mole in it or am I totally off track? Have a bleak memory of something….

     
  27. Lilua

    March 23, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you! I think I'll start out with the Wind in the willows then – But who wrote it? I thought it was Milne, but not sure???

     
  28. debplatt

    March 23, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Kenneth Grahame wrote The wind in the willows. The animals in it are not stuffed animals like in the Milne books. 🙂

     
  29. debplatt

    March 23, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    The main characters are supposed to be "real" animals, except they have been anthropomorphised. And yes, there is a mole. 🙂

     
  30. derWandersmann

    March 23, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Ah, yes, Maryam … I shot these all in colour, but considering the nature of many of them, I desaturated quite a few. Then I went back into them and gave the whites a slight blue cast. I did that because the desaturated whites from this camera have a rather warm look to them.

     
  31. opcat

    March 23, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    if I understood your words in English, your photos are not black and white originally.And you just desaturate with Photoshop?Without level; curves and intermediate layers?

     
  32. opcat

    March 24, 2010 at 9:03 am

    but then you use what? :zzz:

     
  33. derWandersmann

    March 24, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Originally posted by opcat:

    if I understood your words in English, your photos are not black and white originally.And you just desaturate with Photoshop?Without level; curves and intermediate layers?

    Yes, that's right … it is very simple, and if one doesn't like it, one can undo it and go back and start over with one of the more complex methods which give control over the picture similar to Ansel Adams' zone system. Most of the time, I find it totally unnecessary … there are plenty of controls that one might use after desaturation, some of which I used, as needed.

     
  34. Lilua

    March 24, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Interesting. Desaturation… learned another new word…

     
  35. Lilua

    March 24, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Getting philosophical by all these trees… reminds me of a poem/story I think I read once…. about us all being like single trees in a wood, maybe feeling alone but undeniable in i society with other trees (humans 🙂 ), where our existence has an impact on other people's lives whether we like it or not…. and the other way around… Anyone who' s read it? I'd like to read it again.

     
  36. opcat

    March 24, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    yes but levels for desaturation?

     
  37. derWandersmann

    March 24, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Originally posted by opcat:

    but then you use what?

    Levels, mostly, with sometimes a hint of Colour Balance.

     
  38. opcat

    March 24, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    yes but the trees are waging a war for us silent but fierce.That is who slay each other. No angelic too pronounced to nature

     
  39. opcat

    March 24, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    ah ! oui ! d'accord yes ok

     
  40. derWandersmann

    March 24, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    No, for light, medium, and dark. This is a Photoshop routine.

     
  41. NLDH

    March 27, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Beautiful set of snow photos. We had lots of snow in the past winter too.

     
  42. Lilua

    March 29, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Keep coming back to these photos. They're really nice.

     
  43. djoslans

    April 9, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Almost unreal look of this photo … I really like them, great job! :bye: :up: :wizard:

     

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