Nature - After the Snow Storm

It’s winter in NEPA, despite the strange warm spell that lasted to Christmas Eve, when it was just shy of 70 degrees.  We’ve had rain and gloom for weeks, with only a few flurries finally this past week.

So the photography opportunities have been nonexistent – going outside isn’t remotely attractive (I’m not adjusting to the cold well this year, either).  Nothing at all like the photo above, which is a real blast from the past.

I made this photo back in 2008.  It was April, and the day before had been sunny and warm, the sort of spring day that makes you rejoice after a long winter.  Then a late storm rolled in and dropped several inches of snow in just a few hours.  I was living in Binghamton at the time, and as the storm was winding down and ventured out in the Jeep, crawling across town to Aqua-Terra Park.

I shot this hunkered down on the side of the lake, under a large golf umbrella, while icy pellets rattled off the fabric.  The scene was naturally monochrome and very beautiful.  It was one of those days when bad weather worked in my favor.  It’s a good memory.

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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