We had a fairly nasty winter storm covering much of New England yesterday. Inland, it was just another snow storm. On the coast, the seas sadly became a lethal hazard. My home is blessed with a back yard that faces conservation land just twenty feet or so from our back windows. Until the snow covered the windows, we could see into the forest and experience the storm in a way that was very intimate. I don’t do well with enforced staying at home, but the forest offered some considerable solace.
You have to admire the ability of nature to withstand it’s own barrage. Were we all so resilient.
Technical Note: These images were made with 6K photo on a Panasonic GH5. It is perfect for capturing action like this. You hold the shutter down for several seconds capturing thirty 18 mp. jpgs. You can review the individual images in capture and save those that may have appeal. It’s a fascinating strategy that I suspect has a great deal of utility for a variety of situations, particularly family and sports.
When given lemons, make lemonade, right? What if one is given a freight train loaded with lemons. Such is our situation here. Nothing else to do but try and create some interesting art. The lemonade I’ve come up with so far. My strategy here was to isolate and simplify, while still capturing the kind of art that only nature, sometimes in interaction with humans and sometimes on her own, can create. My most recent batch of lemonade:
Enjoy the snow. Fourteen more inches of it in the next two days. Is that really necessary?
Well is it? Goodness, what a winter. That being said, it did offer me an opportunity to explore several areas of interest in a new, albeit colder, way. (By the way, a cold winter does not equate with not having to worry about climate change, but I’m assuming you know that. Weather is not equal to climate. Climate is the average of weather over a long period of time and over a geography. Cold winters will probably always be with us. It is the average temperature over time that matters. Now back to the images at hand.) I’ve continued to focus on the design of the two great structures, Winsor Dam and Goodnough Dike, that hold back the water at the Quabbin Reservoir. The Quabbin is the source of drinking water for several million inhabitants of eastern Massachusetts. I’m more impressed with every visit regarding the degree to which these structures are not like what we have come to expect from a dam.
As such, they provoke a very different response from the visitor.
Something much more spiritual. The snow provides another take on that design, one that clearly emphasizes the graphical elements of the structures. This is all visible of course in the other seasons, but the presence of color obscures the power of the lines and other elements created by the designers. I continue to wonder what they were trying to achieve, and why.
Come on spring, you can do it.