A long Memorial Day weekend trip to Little House in the Rockies in central Colorado brought a big surprise: several inches of snow falling steadily all afternoon and evening yesterday. You probably know the Glover Gardens drill by now: pictures and haiku, all shared with you.
Let me tell you, my friends, unexpected snowfall when you’re on a trip where the primary purpose is to chill out (sorry for the pun, I’m sure you saw it coming!) is a gentle but insistent push from nature toward total relaxation. Relax, we did.
But of course I tried to photograph this unforeseen gift from the sky, although I have absolutely no idea how to capture falling snow. The afternoon snowstorm pictures like the one above look like they were purposefully done in black and white, or had a filter applied afterward. If you look very, very closely, you can see some big, fat, fluffy flakes falling, especially against the backdrop of the trees. But it wasn’t anything like the breathtaking experience we were having in person.
So I tried taking videos with my iPhone and learned that using the slo-mo feature works fairly well, in terms of showing special snowflakes. You might have seen the video below yesterday if you hang out with Glover Gardens on Instagram on Facebook (I hope you do!).
I took a few more pics in the evening using the flash, with very low expectations, but I was thrilled to see the results just now when I uploaded them onto my Mac. The novice factor is high, but this natural beauty cannot be obscured by the inexperience of the photographer.
Haiku: Camera Flash on Snow
I’m inspired once again to craft a haiku to try and capture the feeling – you knew that was coming, right?
when there's nowhere i must go
brilliant flash of peace
Wishing you a peaceful weekend from Little House in the Rockies.
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