Here, in Eastern Pennsylvania, the weather has, lately, been extremely cold and snowy. “Snowy like many old-timers around here have never seen. Most all of us, I would guess, have seen a variety of weather phenomena in our lives
To outdoor landscape and nature photographers, this aspect of nature, the weather, is obviously a key factor. If you don’t like cold or heat or wind or rain, it’s pretty hard to be an outdoor “Photag.”
But recently, in my rounds in this area, I found a wonderful day – beautiful but really cold – to explore this wonderful area. At he end of the day ,when the shooting became really fun and colorful, I was closer to our house (once it turns dark and cold, I like to be inside, too).
I had been shooting a huge flock of snow geese not far from our condo, but I decided to move even closer to the house where I had observed “Snow”s doing some of their winter gorging rituals a few days prior. But when I arrived at the same spot on this day,I found nothing but the open field and a beautiful sky. Far over head, was a flock of geese, but the overall scene was quite lovely, I thought, with the sun going down. Here it is:
But when I was leaving this field, I turned and heard the honk of just one or two geese…I looked up, towards the sunset and saw two lonely geese in a sunset cruise across the sky. Watching them sail so smoothly with the colors and openness behind them just blew me away. nature, weather, animals, and birds their own clocks and their own minds. Things are much more simple and basic.
I wish it could be that way for us.
IN THE TIME AND SPACE OF NATURE
THERE IS NO NEED FOR CLOCKS
JUST A NEED TO FEEL THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH
AND EXALT IN THE FREEDOM OF THE SKY!
Words and images Copyright Denny Jump 2014;