“We’re always attracted to the edges of what we are, out by the edges where it’s a little raw and nervy. “ – E. L. Doctorow
Similar to my photo from a few days ago “Transitions and Sunsets“, this is another transition photo, made on the same shoreline, at a different time. The elements remain the same, but the light and weather conditions are different.
In this image, made mid afternoon, the water is beginning to recede, having been pushed ashore by high winds and waves. The small ripples in the water are the only indication of this wind, all else would seem calm, the timeless ebb and flow of waves on the shore. The effect the water has on the tone of the sand, making it slightly darker, is what first caught my eye, as well as the sorting of sand grains between light and dark, which is so common on beaches around here, creating the streaks of tan and gray.
It’s yet another image that I simply enjoy looking at and drawing meaning from.
iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm 1/270 sec; f/1.8; ISO 20
“Change is the end of something you know and the beginning of something else that you don’t know. Something new that holds opportunities.” ― Kholoud Yasser
A multitude of bubbles pours over the shore, strewn with age polished stones, worn smooth by the constant churn of Lake Ontario.
It’s almost spring, but the air is still cold and the water even colder. Yet, there is a fresh feeling to the air, and the migratory birds are returning. The grime of winter washes away, and the world is made fresh and clear. Soon, very soon.
Nikon D800 Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 220mm 1/100 sec, f/10.0, ISO 200
Winter can be such a thing of wonderment. The photo above was made in December of 2014 while on a trip to A Place for The Arts, an artist cooperative in Bancroft, which I am a member of. The drive was generally uneventful, with the occasional blowing snow and a few drifts over the road. There had been a slight warming the day before and a quick cooling down which created a marvelous, almost magical, frosting on the tree branches along the road. It was beautiful to see the frost shining and twinkling in the trees along the road but it was not till we got into open areas with higher elevation that this effect really revealed itself. Along the far shores of Paudash Lake there are several high ridges and all the trees on these ridges were completely encrusted in a thick, pure white, layer of frost. I have rarely seen a scene of such intense purity as it dazzled in the mid-morning sunlight.
This is like a scene from Narnia where the White Queen has made her presence known in ice and snow. The frosted pines along the shore just accent the effect. A photo can hardly convey this type of scene, but this one come as close as I could have wished for. By early afternoon the frost had melted, or been disturbed by the wind, and the drive home was nowhere near as beautiful.
Now, when I drive along this lakeshore, even in summertime, and look at this shoreline, I will always be reminded of this particular moment in time, when winter came visiting the Paudash shores.
Nikon D300 Nikor 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 78mm 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200