Can't say this was my idea ;-) Thanks to Candis Sabean for the inspiration.
Had some light fluffy snow last night. The sun was shining on the new snow so out this morning with the tripod and the maco lens. No crops here, full size images. Only spent a few minutes outside in my t-shirt and have since discovered my camera was set to an insane 1600 ISO - DOH!. Might try this again and put some effort into it.
It baffles me how much I dislike winter yet I continually dream and long for the arctic and antarctic. It's just strange. Every morning I moan about having to put on the jackets, the boots, the hat, gloves and go out and clean the truck off and shovel the deck. Yet I long for another trip into the north. I guess up there it just feels more natural? Ottawa is +30C in the summer and -30C in the winter. One extreme to the next.
So I find myself leafing through my exploration books, looking at pictures of the Ernest Shackleton expedition ( photos by Frank Hurley who in my opinion is one of the best photographers ever ), Roald Amundsen, and Sir Robert Scott. And that's just the Antarctic stuff, then there is all my arctic books on Greely, Amundsen, Nanson etc etc.... It's been 2 years since my last trek into the arctic so I must be having withdrawals or something ;-) How can someone who dislikes winter want to travel north so bad?
But anyhow, I'm sure a few of you are shaking your heads, but I thought maybe I'd share a few links that I check from time to time to get my "fix". These are webcams of various locations around the Antarctic. Some only update daily while others update every few minutes. Some show the south pole station while others show penguins. Regardless, enjoy, I know I do ;-)
Back several weeks ago, a friend contacted me about using some of my images for his stain glass work. "Of course" I said, "I'd love to see a few of my images on glass." Got a facebook note from him on Friday night that one of my images would be on display Saturday at "Stained Glass Stuff" and to come down and take a look. Jen and I took a run over and they didn't have 1 of my images done, they had 4 of them done up! I have pictures on my little Lumix but Jen doesn't have an SD card reader and I forgot my cable. So pictures coming on Monday or Tuesday ;-) The work they do there is amazing! Wait till you see the shots of what they did/do.
Saturday afternoon was putting up the tree and today (Sunday) will be baking ChriFSMas cookies, tree decorating and watching the snow and freezing rain fall. I'm snowed in for another night ;-) I have no plans to be running around in the freezing rain so will just stay another night and off to work tomorrow. Calling for only 5cm's of snow but then changing to freezing rain and 50km winds. I'm staying put!
For the critical eye who noticed ChisFSMas in the above paragraph, no it isn't a typo ;-) With all the controversy every year about the word Christ in Christmas vs Happy Holiday and all the other foolishness I thought I'd drop another one in there to celebrate Mythmas ;-) Most people know that I am not religious but am spiritual. But I am also respectful of everyone's opinions. Each persons belief is their belief. You want to say Merry Christmas to me - great!, you want to say Happy Hanukkah to me - great!, you want to say Happy Holidays - great! or any other greeting that means something to your beliefs at this time of year.
For those who take religion serious, skip this part, but for those of you who want a chuckle, check out Pastafarianism - also known as The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Heck FSM is even found in Wikipedia. I was introduced to this a few months ago and I check the website from time to time. It's a good poke at religion but unfortunately some folks take it way too seriously. But good for a chuckle if you need one!
Have a great weekend everyone and hope to have pictures of the stain glass up in a day or two.