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Winter Roots

Winter Roots

Roots laid bare by the spring runoff. Yes, those are my footprints; they make a lovely compositional element to establish the flat plain of the shoreline. Not often I get to establish a line in a photo — something I miss from landscape oil painting. Not much else though.

This is part of a series that I took along the Mississippi River during the beginnings of a snowstorm. The first post is King Boreas Returns.

Snow on the River

Snow on the River

This longshot of the next bend in the river reveals the airborne snow, the whitish haze on the right is not snow on the lens, it’s all the snow in the atmosphere. The sharper trees on the left are the inside of the bend on the other side of the river.

This is part of a series that I took along the Mississippi River during the beginnings of a snowstorm. The first post is King Boreas Returns.

Quiet River Bend

Quiet River Bend

The shoreline I’m standing on is deep under a shelf of ice, but across the river on the outside of the bend, years of torrent have washed the roots of the trees clean. This little stretch of the river is accessible from the Dog Park between Fort Snelling and The Minnehaha Falls.

This is part of a series that I took along the Mississippi River during the beginnings of a snowstorm. The first post is King Boreas Returns.

King Boreas Returns

King Boreas Returns

A few March days of 70° weather in the Great North Country is a fanciful dream, appreciated by the natives, but always borrowed time. Mid last week, the forecast for the weekend was chilly, but clear — then Saturday my weather app lit up, ‘Winter Storm Alert’ it cried! The dream is over! Awake! And with only one day notice King Boreas returns to his throne.

Industrial Haze in the Snow - Theme Day

Industrial Haze in the Snow – Theme Day

Where does the steam cloud end and the snow begin? Lately I have been noticing that power lines make a nice addition to a photo if you place them correctly. I used to try to avoid them or remove them in post, but now I think I like them. This photo is part of the CDPB Theme series for March first: ‘Electricity’ Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

Also, Today is the 1000th photo posted to Mitchster.com!

Photo of the Year, 2010

Photo of the Year, 2010

Time for a little navel gazing: I went through my photos from this year an this one keeps coming back to me. It’s simple and complicated, the colors are strong but soft. It’s inorganic but has a little leaf. I think my odd tendency to balance everything with it’s opposite is satisfied by this image. If you have another you’d suggest, please comment!

‘Photo of the year’ is the monthly theme for CDPB: Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

Lakeside Wildflower Theme Day

Lakeside Wildflower Theme Day

The CDPB Theme for August is ‘Bright colors’. I chose this photo since it’s not and obvious brightly-colored object, but an effect I enjoy. When the sky is overcast, colors are relatively more vivid, something I learned from my painting instructor Joe Paquet. I shot this on the Lake of the Isles shoreline at 5:45 in the morning in the cool overcast morning. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants in the theme day.