January 23, 2011

All That Glitters is Snow

Just when I began to wonder when the snow would sparkle this winter,  in comes the cold to sharpen  the crystals.  I stepped out early yesterday morning into a twinkling landscape, looking as if fairies had sprinkled glitter about while we were sleeping.  This is the gift that these sharply cold and snowy days bring to us.
Lotus pods among diamonds
Sparkling spillway

Frosty showy tick-trefoil

Sharing the Trail on a Snowy Morning

Breaking trail
Little rodent wanderings
Skis, snowshoes, and coyotes


January 21, 2011

A Week of Stunning Sunsets

For a snow and ice lover like me, this week of multiples storms and freezes and thaws gave way to rhapsodies of light overhead and underfoot that were magnificant.  All of these visions were beheld from the same location along the central Dike Trail at Great Meadows NWR.
Silver flash on frozen ground (1/15)
Sundown with 'sundog', after the teen photo foray (1/17)
New snow, blows and glows...today

January 12, 2011

Photo Forays - Tuning In

Breathe deeply, empty your mind of thoughts and expectations, awaken your senses, and be alert to all the liveliness in the landscape.
Francesca Belouin focuses on diamonds
Photography is first and foremost about seeing and being alert in the moment when light, movement, and composition come together.  We create a compelling image when we combine this seeing experience with a growing understanding of how to frame what we see through the lens and setting our cameras to capture the light and details as we'd like them to be.  In our first photo foray at Fairyland Pond in Concord's Hapgood Wright Town Forest, participants did just that.  We had a beautiful afternoon photographing together, ending with a moment of cosmic serendipity.

Fairyland diamond
Sundog - An auspicious ending
There are a few spaces left for the three remaining photo forays.  See previous post for registration details.  I am also posting a ongoing sampling of my favorite winter photos in the Winter Light album, http://picasaweb.google.com/khadro06/WinterLight#.

January 3, 2011

Great Meadows Walk - Sat., January 15, 2:30-4:30 pm

Snow devils spin across the ice
 A continuing series of monthly walks exploring the landscape, plants, and seasonal wonders of Great Meadows NWR.

The interplay of snow and wind, ice and sunlight, and the wandering signs left by wild ramblers continuously reshapes the winter landscape.  We'll explore the ephemeral beauty of frozen forms and changing light along the trail.  Bundle up, bring snowshoes if you have them, and grab those hand and toe warmer packets.

No pre-registration required.  A $5 donation will be gratefully accepted.

Co-sponsored by Musketaquid Arts and Environment Program and Friends of the Assabet River NWR

Meet at Great Meadows NWR in Concord, MA.  (Monsen Road, off Rte. 62, driveway on left where road curves right.)

For questions, email cherrie.corey@verizon.net or call 978-760-1933.