Autumn’s Last Breath — And a Peek of Winter (30 Days of Gratitude: Day 2)

The mums are still blooming, and the later-turning trees continue their attempts to embrace the palette of Fall, even while Winter tries to push in several weeks early with its monochromatic color scheme!

Cluster of Red and Gold

Blanketing the Mums

Clinging to Fall

 

Grateful that Mother Nature finds a way to make it pretty, even as we curse winter’s early arrival — the change of seasons bring new wonders! Plus, the early “peek” of winter always “piques” our interest in winter activities …. cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, anyone?!

~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge. “Peek” is this week’s theme. Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here: Peek.

Heelllooo, Spring? Are You There?

Day 2 of “Spring” in Duluth, Minnesota.

Snowman by Lake Superior

A fresh, wet, heavy blanket of snow coated the city.

Canal Park scene in Duluth

Lake Superior will not release her grip on the ice-covered shore.

Lake Superior Lighthouse in Canal Park, Duluth

As the lights come on in Canal Park, one could be convinced it was Christmas time, as opposed to approaching April.

Snowy March scene in Duluth, Minnesota

“At least it’s pretty” is wearing thin …

Snowed-in William A. Irvin in March ~ Duluth, Minnesota

… but, at least it’s pretty, right?!

Ciao! ~ Kat

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

Perspective can change not only based on depth of field but also color.  Can you tell which is snow and which is sand? No cheating now, look carefully and make your guess before scrolling down.

black and white footprints
Footsteps in the …
Windswept surface
Windswept waves of …

Did you guess?

OK, scroll down for the perspective reveal …

further …

almost there …

Voila!

Sand dunes with the backdrop of Sangre de Cristo Mountains
Footsteps in the sand …
Great Sand Dunes National Park and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Colorado
Icy Lake Superior landscape
Windswept waves of snow and ice …
Frozen expanse of snow and ice covering Lake Superior’s surface ~ Duluth, Minnesota

Just can’t seem to shake the never-ending winter theme of my posts!

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”Perspective” was this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

My blog has been neglected of late, as the cup of life overfloweth.  My camera has been busy, but it has been at high school Nordic ski races, music concerts and the like.  So, I intentionally set aside a few minutes today to tackle this week’s Challenge:  the three-picture story.

With a fresh foot of snow and new round of bitter wind chills, and Lake Superior nearly frozen over, the story up north is the weather.

1.  An establishing shot: a broad photo of your subject.

Catching the last light of a February sunset on Lake Superior, looking toward the City of Duluth, Minnesota.

Frozen Lake Superior ~ Duluth, Minnesota

2.  A relationship: two elements interacting with one another.

The wind is not always easy to capture in still photos (in hindsight, I wish I would have thought to take a short video clip instead), so you need to expand your senses for this shot.  Imagine, a cold winter wind whipping across the ice, fingers turning numb in thin gloves (to make it easier to handle camera controls), and then listen closely … think of the sound of sugar pouring into a mixing bowl, and now transfer that sound to the photo below:  it is the sound of powdery snow and ice pellets skimming across the frozen expanse of the ice-covered Lake.  The fine particles create the illusion of a low-lying, fast-moving fog bank.

Wind-swept Lake Superior ~ Duluth, Minnesota

3.  A detail: a close-up of one part of your subject.

From a distance, the shore-to-shore ice cover of Lake Superior may appear uniform, but the beauty lies in the details.

Lake Superior ice formations ~ Duluth, Minnesota

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”Threes” was this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure

How appropriate that the photos I selected to illustrate “treasure” are not the best quality photographs, but rather snapped on the fly (or, should I say, “on the ski”) with my phone this weekend.  I had another post almost completed for this week’s challenge, but it became apparent to me on a relaxing ski through the woods with good friends, as the fluffy flakes added a fresh layer, that I was enjoying one of life’s best treasures — good friendship (made even better by the simultaneous enjoyment of the beauty of the outdoors).  The best treasures are, indeed, treasures of the heart.

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Cross-country skiing with good friends

 “I shall ask into my shell only those friends with whom I can be completely honest. I find I am shedding hypocrisy in human relationships. What a rest that will be. The most exhausting thing in life, I have discovered, is being insincere.” ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The treasure of good friendship during a winter ski

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” ~ L.M. Montgomery

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”Treasure” was this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.