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Not Too Inviting

150128_Chairs in Snow by . Fuji X-T1, XF18-135mm @ 31mm, f/11, 1/180 sec, ISO 1600

These chairs, which are our Spring, Summer, and Fall hangout in the early mornings and late afternoons, did not look too inviting on this day.  Many hours during the year are spent here relaxing and enjoying our backyard pond and stream.  I am afraid it will be a while before we will be enjoying them again.

This photo looks like a B&W image, but is not.  The winter haze along with the snow and weathered wood of the chairs create the monotone.  If you look hard you can see a little color in the trees in the background.

After First Snow

150127_Mailbox_1st snow by . Fuji X-T1, XF18-135mm @ 35mm, f/5.0, 1/300 sec, ISO 1600

My leaning mailbox looks like the weight of the snow is pushing it over.  It adds interest without tilting my camera.  As I write this post, we are in the middle of a major winter storm.  Once over, I will get out and trundle through the snow to get new perspectives of our yard.

Winterberry in Snow

150126_Winterberry in Snow by . Fuji X-T1, XF18-135mm @ 39mm, f/11, 1/210 sec, ISO 1600

When I see bright color (especially red) contrasted in fresh snow I feel like I have received a gift.  These winterberries provide a treat all winter to both to my eyes and the local bird population.  Several years ago, we transplanted these out to our perennial garden to be our winter highlight.  The three flower supports wait all winter long for our mountain sage to emerge in the spring.

Lesson Remembered:  “When You See Red … Shoot!”

Good Morning America!

150124_Front Door Looking Out by . Fuji X-T1, XF10-24mm @ 10mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec, ISO 800

Good Morning America!  Looking out our front door, this is what we woke up to yesterday morning.  We had a beautiful snowfall overnight.  Fresh snow is such a delight, even if it makes getting around difficult.  I got up before the snow plows hit the roads and everything was fresh.  It was a nice way to start the day.  Looking out the back door, we had another nice view.

150125_Deck Door Looking Out by . Fuji X-T1, XF10-24mm @ 10mm, f/5.6, 1/120 sec, ISO 800

Rather than fighting the mess on the roads, we spent the day sitting inside by the fireplace reading books.  It was a nice way to spend a winter day!

Winter is Here

150122_Neshiminy Creeek by © 2014 Karl Graf. Fuji X-T1, XF18-135mm @ 31mm, f/16, 1/180 sec, ISO 800

Looking at Neshaminy Creek as it enters Lake Galena makes me feel cold and realize that winter is really here.  I already long for Spring to come.  However … I do enjoy walking in the countryside on a bright crisp winter day.  Beauty abounds in its own way.  I guess winter is not so bad after all.

I See Red

140224_Coral Bark Maple by Karl Graf. Canon 5D Mark III, EF24-70mm f/2.8L @ 70mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec, ISO 400

In our back yard field of white, the red of the coral bark maple stands against the bleakness of a cloudy winter day.  I walked around the tree multiple times trying to get the right balance for the image.  I found this foreground “Y” (or “V”) framing two other “Ys”  I added a touch of graduated fog in NIK Color EFEX Pro to focus on the foreground “Y”.



140223_Spectacles by Karl Graf. Canon 5D MarkIII, EF24-70mm f/2.8L @ 70mm, f/8.0, 1/640 sec, ISO 400

Exploring our back yard, I saw what looked like a pair of large dark spectacles sticking out of the bright snow.  As I got closer they looked back directly up at me.  Shapes have always intrigued me.  When I was just a kid, I use to just lay on my back and look up at the clouds for hours imagining the different animals as they moved across the sky.  Today, I can easily become fixated on an object’s shape and imagine what it could be if it had a choice.


Old Stump

140221_Stump in Snow 1 by © 2013 Karl Graf. Canon 5D MarkIII, EF24-70mm f/2.8L @ 58mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 400

Karen use to sit on this old stump when she worked out back in our garden.  Over the years the termites have taken over.  It is now just a garden feature out back, a little piece of nature along a fence.  It does make an interesting subject covered in snow.


Tiger Lilies

140220_Lily in Snow 1 by © 2013 Karl Graf. Canon 5D MarkIII, EF24-70mm f/2.8L @ 70mm, f/11, 1/500 sec, ISO 400

The pods of these spent Tiger Lilies looked like mouths opening up to feed.  They look like they are struggling for survival to keep their heads above the snow.  They are quite different than their summer budding.  The image below was taken from about the same spot last summer.

140220_Tiger Lilies by © 2013 Karl Graf.


Back to Reality

140219_Weed in Snow 1 by © 2013 Karl Graf. Canon 5D MkIII, EF24-70mm f/2.8L @ 38mm, f/8.0, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400

We had another snow! The temperatures warmed up a little (high 20’s).  With this little incentive, I went exploring in our back yard, walking in snow up to my knees at times.  Everything was beautiful with the fresh coat of white.  What caught my eye the most were the the little spent seed pods that were sticking above the snow.  These were meant for black and white conversion.

I will post a few more gems I found during the next few days.