03 Jan 17 Picking up where we left off yesterday. Directly behind the garbage can and immediately in front of the address post in yesterday's shot you will find this bush. Every fall as we walk by it, which we do daily as it is on the path we take for morning ablutions, Jan comments on how lovely she thinks it is with its green leaves and bright red berries. I've tried unsuccessfully to get something I like with it bare, but with the snowfall I got a couple snaps that I thought I could do something with and this is one of them. I didn't fully capture what I was attempting which I believe was do to a lack of Sol, the idea being I wanted the melting snow forming water droplets to glisten, but I got this close. The droplets are all over, just not glistening. So today, as I mentioned at the close of yesterdays tome, we set out before sunlight to head up into the Skagit to look for Bald Eagles, Roosevelt Elk, Black-tail Deer, and any other critters we could find. Our score reads 2 Bald Eagles and a bunch, perhaps two dozen or more, hawks. Period. Apparently it was a holiday for more than just humans and the animals were not to be found!! But we did have great weather with crystal clear skies (wouldn't have objected to a few clouds for character) snow everywhere and ice as well, lots of ice, bright sunshine with temps in the low 20s, and absolutely gorgeous snow capped mountains wherever we looked. Plus a bit of adventure. I managed to loose my footing about a dozen times falling down hard six or seven of them (I lost track), plus while testing the handling of the SUV managed to put it into a snowbank from which I couldn't extract myself! Never done that before but learned a couple of lessons in the process. A very kind passerby offer to pull us out with his 4-wheel pickup but it took his four wheels and our four as well pushing and pulling in consort to move us off nothing more than a 6 inch grove of ice under each of our tires. Turns out our far cheaper replacement tires really aren't as good as the nice gentleman told us when we purchased. But now I know and will make the necessary adjustments. No damage was done save for a broken camera lens protective filter and all we really incurred was a 30 minute delay in our travels. Otherwise it was a great day, I got close to 500 shots a few of which I plan to both share as well as use for next year's calendar as Christmas show, and Maggie LOVED playing in the snow, one of her favorite things.
The base image was severely cropped, a little distraction removed, and than I applied a filter from Impression 2. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 400; 1/100 sec @ f / 5.6.