On this 18th day of February, I head out to a nearby frozen swamp to get adjusted to a new pair of snowshoes. Despite an adequate 30" platform, I sink to my knees in over 3ft of very soft snow. The day is beautiful. Though it's still -10c, the bright February sun offers a bit of warmth (perhaps only in my imagination) and makes for a crisp but enjoyable afternoon. With my lightweight Sony A7R and a tiny Zeiss 50mm, I make yet another attempt to capture the feeling of this place. I have been here before and shot it a few times, but the results were never to my liking. This time I come closer than ever before. On past attempts I had ventured only to the perimeter of this frozen swamp. This time, equipped with snowshoes, I venture deep into the swamp and find the images that I was looking for.
A few of these are shared below in this post.
The late afternoon sun delicately highlights the sculpted snow surface. As I compose this shot of a small plant poking through, I am drawn to my shadow and see a story unfolding in an image.
Surrounded by the frozen tree trunks of this swamp, I capture a 120 megapixel panoramic image that will print at over 50 inches wide.
This little scruff of plant creates a delicate symmetry that stops me in my tracks. Poking through the deep snow, it catches the setting sun and casts its shadow alongside that of much larger trees.