The other morning after a storm, I visited a local park to take photos of the snowfall on the nearby mountains. I got a little side-tracked with the birds, and then I noticed there were little hints of spring everywhere–lots of buds and a few sparse flowers blooming. The contrast between spring buds, dormant plants, green grass and trees, and snow was intriguing. I am sharing a couple of my shots here for Cee’s photo challenge – Flower of the Day (FOTD).
I have learned that in southern California, the only way to guarantee shots of snow on the mountains (before it melts), is to go out early. (In fact, as I write this, a lot of the snow has melted.) I ventured out to my park early in the morning, when it was still cold, but after all of the storm clouds had cleared. It was beautiful but also quite challenging to capture the right light.
After a little trial-and-error with the lighting, the only thing I could do was stand next to a shade tree on the hillside. The snow was so fresh, but the sun was also very bright.
I love being out in nature and finding contrasts in it. It helps to have my camera with me, although I think a few people that passed me on the trails thought I was crazy. It sure was cold enough, and I was the only one with a camera poking around the trees, bushes, and hillside.
Hope everyone has a peaceful weekend!