That time of year, when we’re begging for Spring.
Before the polar vortex, there was the ice storm.
Some hanging-on oak leaves in my backyard.
We here in Michigan were walloped this weekend – bitter cold, freezing winds, and tons of snowfall.
So what better to do than head out and grab some photos?
Below-zero temperatures and a hazy cloud cover made for some lovely light, especially around sunset. During the day, I had to head out and shovel my driveway, and grabbed some images while knee-deep in snow.
To cool off (ha!), I took a walk down the road to see what the rest of the neighborhood looked like. Luckily most of my neighborhood roads were plowed, but some areas were still untouched.
I didn’t get very far down the road before the conditions turned me back home. But weather like this doesn’t happen like it used to, even here in Michigan.
So why not capture the day?
It’s really winter now. The high temperatures have been in the 15-20 F range, and the snow and ice are starting to stick around.
Nothing will grow until March. There will be nothing on the trees until April. Any sunny day is the best Michigan will look for a few months now.
Despite the bitter cold, I do enjoy getting out when it’s sunny and taking photos. The slants of light, the position of the sun – everything is different this time of year. It looks like winter.
So it was with these faded milkweed plants. The sun was setting and lighting the cotton in a wonderful way. It was one of those pull-the-car-over moments.
Even though the wind chill is about zero, and the snow is starting to blow, there’s still beauty out there.
My pal and graphic designer Brandon Kish used one of my shots from this past (snowy) winter for a Call of the Wild cover re-do.
That morning’s drive into work was harrowing, and beautiful. There were quick a few shots that came out of that commute.
Glad to see it appear on something creative.