We looking down the barrel of another significant snow storm this weekend. Even though winter doesn’t arrive (officially) until next weekend, this is already shaping up to be a snowy season – at least compared to the past couple years. For those among us who dislike the thought of another cold winter season, I’ve included my cellphone photo of sunflowers growing in the warm summer sun!
If you don’t mind the cold so much, winter provides other opportunities for plant photography that are just as beautiful as summer’s sunflowers. I photographed this ice-encrusted plant at Whitesbog a couple winters ago. The day was so cold I could hardly remove my glove to press the shutter button before my fingers would start to feel numb. But it was still a great day to be outdoors.
For birders, winter can bring opportunities that don’t exist at other times of the year. This is a Red Crossbill I photographed a couple years ago at Seven Presidents Park in Monmouth County, New Jersey. These small finches spend their summers north of the Arctic Circle and, some years, make their way to the Shore for the winter.
And here’s a winter scene you may have never witnessed. My wife photographed this group of Amish men clearing snow from an eastern Pennsylvania road a few years ago. Low tech but effective!
Stay safe this weekend and, if you get the chance, go outside and enjoy the winter weather! You never know what might turn up!