Well, winter is finally upon us. Or shall I say, it seems already as if it will never end. Old man winter has come with a vengeance in Minnesota, and we have probably had more days below zero already in December than all of last winter. While we Minnesotans are a hardy bunch, I have to admit that I have felt the cold more acutely this season than I did when I was younger.
With the new year already begun, one of my goals this year is to make more pictures. I know, you are probably thinking that this is a lame goal for a photographer. My aim, however, is to make more pictures for my own enjoyment. Though you might not guess from looking and my blog or Facebook page, I did A LOT of image making this year. With family and teaching, though, I don't get around to blogging or posting everything that I should. I almost never pick up the camera just to experiment and make pictures for myself. I decided I need to make more pictures that don't have people in them. This is a challenge for me. I LOVE to photograph people. I am drawn to this like a moth to a flame. But I think, for my own growth, I need to find beauty in a wider variety of things.
I have been blessed this year. I did a lot of business, met a lot of people and made a lot of pictures. I also bought a new camera and few lenses that I have been coveting for a long time. It is time to put them to good use. Today, we got a brief respite from the punishing cold before we are plunged back into the record deep freeze. I chose to dig my way into the garden. Yes, that is right. I was snowed out of the garden. Since I was too busy to cut the plants down at the end of the season this year, they are still standing in all their dilapidated glory. The Brussels sprouts look particularly interesting and proud in the snow, like a little family of people standing guard over the rest in the garden.
It was a wonderful opportunity to test my camera in the cold and also to try doing some creative things with the images. I like the result. I hope that you enjoy. It is easy to overlook the beauty as we rush in from the cold, but it is there if we stop to look.