Dec 062010

A crabapple tree laden with fruit after a snowfall on the shore of Lake Michigan.

First Snow—Montrose Harbor, Chicago
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Nikon D300; f4.0 @ 1/125sec, ISO 1100 (handheld);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 27mm (40mm EFL); subject distance 10.59m

A barren tree in a field after winter's first snow.

First Snow—Montrose Point, Chicago
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Nikon D300; f5.6 @ 1/180sec, ISO 200 (handheld);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 26mm (39mm EFL); subject distance 5.96m

Just the other day, we had our first snowfall of the season and it was a delight to explore.

These trees were photographed in one of my favorite locations on Lake Michigan, the first at sunrise off the harbor and the second about an hour later in a nature sanctuary nearby.

Driving in the dark on roads not yet plowed with snow still falling was…surprisingly peaceful! Few were in such a hurry as to risk wasting time with an accident report, and the neighborhoods decorated with Christmas lights were so pretty to view along the way.

  4 Responses to “First Snow”

  1. April, c’est encore une fois magnifique! I’ll be back tomorrow to comment.

  2. April,

    Your picture fits my image of a real winter. That can explain why I love it so much. The muted colors, blue and yellow, warm and cold, complement one and other so harmoniously.
    Was it snowing or is it mist that give me the feeling of silence and enveloping quietude?
    I love the smoothness of this image.
    So much in your picture evchoes my imaginative world.

  3. echos: last sentence above

  4. Though not as extreme as Montreal — where I cannot imagine myself living — Chicago definitely has “real” winters. 🙂

    It was snowing that morning, very quiet and peaceful. I’m pleased that comes across to you in the photograph.

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