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A last few photos from my winter hike, for which I arrived over prepared.  I set out with my Frog Tog waterproof pants on over my jeans, bundled up with my winter parka, thick socks in my old-style snow boots.  Within ten minutes two things were clear: there was a blazed, packed trail through the snow from all the other folks out enjoying the day, and I was overdressed and sweaty.

I followed the trail down to Kennedy Creek and would have been fine in hiking boots and bluejeans the whole way.  But what the hell, it was a good hike and well worth it.  And when I reached the creek – which was frozen over – I was able to go off trail for a few minutes.

The photo at top is looking downstream at Kennedy Creek.  This is the same spot I visit in the summer, the uppermost point in the creek that can be reached by kayak – after this, the inlet fills with gravel and the creek becomes your typical, shallow wooded stream.

I paddle here often.  I like paddling on creeks and rivers.  Plus this spot is always quiet and shaded, and the creek shallows are filled with crayfish.

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Surprisingly, given all the snow we’ve had, there were a few clear patches on the banks of the creek, and I paused to capture this image of some exposed ferns.  I a landscape dominated by white, brown, and gray, this green was an explosion of color.  And at the same time, it’s a throw-away shot.  I doubt I’d have bothered with it during any other season.  Interesting how that works, how subjective our vision is to so many external factors.

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I finished out my visit at Bullhead Bay, where I shot the photos the ice fishing holes.  I grabbed on last set before I left, the shoreline tree in wide perspective, and then a telephoto view past it’s branches, of the trails leading out onto the ice and ending at the fishermen standing over their holes.

The light had failed by this point, the sun I arrived to replaced by overcast.  Amid snowfields, this kind of light kills all sense of definition.

But at least it was a chance to get out, and of all the photos, I really like the top-most image quite a bit.

Brent Pennington is a freelance photographer and the driving force behind The Roving Photographer. When he\’s not working with portraiture or promotional clients, he’s usually in the field, hiking, or kayaking in pursuit of nature and wildlife shots.

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