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” 50 Shades of Winter “

"Winter's Kiss"

“Winter’s Kiss”


Seasons… a common occurrence around the world. Where I live on the east coast of the USA, I get to experience all 4 of them. While taking photos around the US and abroad, I have mingled, interacted and shared  with people from all over. The discussions included favorite places, and fantastic lighting, to name a few, but most times it invariably ended when we delved into places and times that are closest to what we call home.

My home, which is located in the middle of a state forest in south Jersey, is one such place and this year my season of choice is inescapably winter. The frigid cold mornings, that brought frost and fog also opened my minds eye to every subtle optical shade of this season, and was without compare. I say ‘was’ in a whisper, as to not invoke the wrath of mother nature’s possible late spring snow… AGAIN. The change in temperature, the leaves gone and the first signs of ice on the ponds and lakes, helps slow down my busy life. I await the first snow like a child but, for a very different reason. Snow, that comes at night, is as haunting as it is soothing when I walk and bathe in its silence. The perfect snow for me is the one that happens during the daylight hours, for this is when I get to play. This year brought many different kinds of storms… wet sloppy, large flaky and mind-blowing sideways. The light that was hidden during a storm, when caught early enough, gave off just the right amount of color to make one want to stay and capture its ever fading hues.

I created this blog post as a kind of peace-offering to the weather gods. First to say thank you for letting my camera catch every subtle shade this season had to offer but also to pray I do not have to shovel my plowed in drive way for another third time in a single DAY!!!!!
Peace ‘Mother Nature’… I still love your “COOL” sense of humor.


8 responses

  1. These are absolutely stunning images Mike! I always enjoy viewing your work. The B/W images draw the attention to the details in the images shown… Great work!


    April 11, 2015 at 10:44 pm

  2. Wonderful collection and nice to see some images from you that are close to home! Have been looking at that abandoned farm for years. You chose to photograph it at a perfect time. The winter and snow add to the feeling of abandonment.


    April 6, 2015 at 9:22 am

  3. Well done collection of moments of winter. It could be interesting to revisit each shot in this collection at other seasons of the year. Cheers!


    April 3, 2015 at 4:35 am

  4. Sandy

    Love these pictures, mike, and how you described our little part of New Jersey. Mother Nature has created a lot of beautiful things in our neck of the woods. Thank you for sharing.


    March 31, 2015 at 4:58 pm

  5. Nice! set. That second one with the streaking flakes is still my favorite.


    March 31, 2015 at 10:17 am

  6. Superb set! One season well documented – now into the next…


    March 31, 2015 at 5:04 am

  7. We had a real great winter season this year and your images did a wonderful job reminding us. Thank you.


    March 30, 2015 at 11:45 pm

  8. Beautiful!

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    March 30, 2015 at 10:50 pm

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