Hello Everyone! Welcome to this month’s Wandering Camera. Winter is full of birthdays at our home. Mine was in early January. I like to spend it quietly hiking with my camera, and eating my favourite meal cooked by my husband. This year he got me a pair of snowshoes, and, serendipitously, there was a huge snow storm just a few days before my birthday. Naturally, I had to spend it at Yosemite.
I wanted to snowshoe on my birthday. However, a change of weather in turn changed our plans. We ended up going to the Badger Pass snowshoe trail the day after. It was a crisp, cold and sunny day in the snow with a lot of smiling faces. We seem to be always the last ones to get off the trail.
One of these days I will learn to leave the mountain trails before darkness falls.
The next day, we were at the park before sunrise. The temperature that morning was -11C.
As we were wandering about, we noticed that all the trees in a meadow had turned white with Hoarfrost. It forms at very cold temperatures. We promptly put our snowshoes on, and went off walking in the knee-deep snow to the grove of trees to see them up close.
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The low winter sun was shining behind the tree branches, reflecting lights from a myriad frosty diamonds. It was breathtakingly beautiful.
I wish I had brought some soap water and straw, could have tried making ice bubbles. Something to look forward to next time!
The last morning there I wanted to spend in a little more time in the snow before heading out. “A little more” ended up being close to two hours. As my husband said, it was hard enough to keep me away from snow before. Now with the snowshoes, I was unstoppable. One last look and a last photo, then it was time for the drive home.
The Birthday Surprise
The weather forecast for my birthday was cloudy skies, but no rain. Then, all of a sudden in the afternoon, it started to rain and then snow began to fall. I was out of the car faster than a lightning bolt, beelining for the trees.
There was a not a single grown-up in the vicinity, only children playing. I felt very happy to be part of that group.
When we left the trees, the storm clouds started to break on the north side. If we were there, we would have seen the most amazing post-storm pink and red sky. However, with the time it would have taken us to get there, we would likely have missed the light completely. So we decided to drive into the clouds instead.
I could not have been happier. Blue hour in winter is my most favourite time for photography. That day, Mother Nature added storm clouds and mist, and this birthday girl was over the moon.
After setting up the camera, I watched the clouds and the mist flowing and playing in the meadow and the mountains behind until complete darkness surrounded us. My surprise birthday present from Mother Nature.
Once we got back to the hotel, my husband gave me the other set of birthday gifts. Then he busied himself with cooking while I played with my newly-acquired inks and pens.
The Dragon and the little boy
This is a painting I started with the fountain pen inks I got for my birthday. A story for another day.
March marks the end of outdoor time for me due to severe pollen allergies that cause chest constriction. Until October, fresh air is basically off limits except for a very limited time early in the morning when the air is completely still.
Spending a birthday in cold winter rain and snow and walking in -11C temperatures is probably not most people’s cup of tea, but it was a flask-full of tea for me! You will have to excuse me for being head over heels in love with the subtle and quiet beauty of winter and all that is considered dark and gloomy weather.
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