Burnside Photographic "The question is not what you look at, but what you see." – Henry David Thoreau

March 30, 2011

No More ICE!

I know, I know.  I have a fetish for ice.  Perhaps it’s merely a preoccupation.  I can’t explain it, but I think it has something to do with a fascination that the seemingly random process of melting and freezing can produce such an abundance of patterns and colors.  Move in close; throw in a leaf or some moss, or even the prismatic effect of sunlight for color, and you will be rewarded by an infinite imagery beyond imagination.

Most of us around here thought it would be gone by now, and yet it persists.  I guess, as long as there’s ice, I’ll shoot it.  Takes some of the sting out of winter.

March 25, 2011

Late Winter Light

It’s a little hard to believe that I went kayaking earlier this week.  I like to go out and ram into the floating sheets of ice that emerge when the Great Thaw is under way.  Forty-eight hours later, the temperature had plummeted and there was close to a foot of new snow on the ground.  That’s the kind of winter it’s been.

After the snow had stopped, we had one of those wonderful days of late winter light, with a deep blue sky and a bright sun bouncing off the snowy trees.  It was the kind of day you hope will last forever.  Still, I’ll be glad to see the last of this winter.

March 21, 2011


Fog is difficult for photographers.  It requires you to forgo the traditional objective of the “fine image” – clarity, full range of tone, vibrancy.  And yet, it has its allure – as a challenge, if nothing else.

In this weird week of snow, sleet, sun, 60 degrees and 20 degrees, let this brief slide show note that today is the first day of spring.  Better days are comin’!

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