What is it about fresh, clean snow that's so enticing?
Whatever it is, it draws me in like gravity. My favorite though, is when the wind has its way and shapes the snow into interesting features. It's my opinion that snow drifts are some of the best foregrounds nature has to offer.
This particular drift caught my eye when I was out tromping through the powder. It was a nice tall curl right next to an interesting aspen tree, so I carefully made my way to it so as not to disturb the scene. Just as I got to where I wanted to be, my right foot got sucked into a white vortex and it seemed as if it would never hit bottom.
Eventually, my butt stopped the downward progress. There I was - hip deep in snow with the top of the drift just below eye level. Perfect. There I stayed, stuck in the powdery well, just as happy as a clam. It was surprisingly comfortable and exactly where I wanted to set my tripod, so I didn't even bother trying to readjust.
Getting back out was another story, but I got my snow drift image and that's all that matters.
Shot with sony alpha a6300
Shot details: f10, 8 seconds, iso 640, 26mm
Lichen Huntsman (Pandercetes gracilis)
Second shot of a different female guarding her egg sac.
I don't know how people get pictures of flowers frosted over, when it gets cold enough to get frost and snow up here everything is already dead.. Perhaps if I bought a flower at the store and sprayed it with water and stuck it in the freezer or left it out overnight? Lol
I live near the top of a mountain so maybe that has something to do with all the flowers dying quicker?
I love when wildlife stops moving thinking that I can’t see them. I get it. They do not know my intentions, and by becoming motionless, maybe they will be less easily recognized or detected.
This Eastern cottontail rabbit was in the tall grass and hoped I did not see him. He did not trick me!
I drastically edited this photograph in two different ways. I think I know which one I like best. Which one do you like best the normal edit or the “artsy” one??
This is one of those views you just stand there and stare in awe, waiting for it to dull down so you had a reason to finally walk away from it. Ears and fingers freezing, just pressing the shutter over and over making sure I captured any subtle changes that could possibly be more unique than the last click. I wish I was back in #grandtetonnationalpark, standing here looking at these vibrant colors 💛💙