We snuck one in on winter

Earlier today, as the temperatures rose to near 50 degrees and the piles of snow that were only a few days old melted away, I was feeling blue. I wanted to get out and get some winter photos. But,  alas, no winter was to be found. Then it occurred to me that only last weekend, a few of us actually “snuck one in on winter.” Several photographers who had participated in my “Preparing for Winter” workshop last November (yup, before it was winter) gathered at Baltimore Woods Nature Center in Marcellus, NY to put into practice some of what we discussed in November.

Before I go too far, I need to make a brief comment about Baltimore Woods. Those who are familiar with “the woods” will agree with me, I sure. Baltimore Woods is one of those gems in our backyards that too many of us tend to take for granted. This relatively small area just outside of downtown Marcellus is truly a gem. Many people are familiar with “the woods” because of the variety of nature programs it presents to the community. Many programs (perhaps even most) are free. Some require a nominal fee. I don’t know the breakdown, but I’d be surprised if most people who enjoy this valuable community asset, didn’t find walking its trails among its most valuable.

Certainly, those of us who get to use its program room to conduct activities . . . like our workshop last November, have no problem identifying the value of “the woods”. A weekend ago many of the November workshop participants were back at “the woods” to enjoy the trails as a venue for winter photography. Most people we would meet on the trails were enjoying temperatures rising into the high 30s. We would have a preferred a little cooler temps (less melting) and some nice, clean fresh snow. Despite the fast melting snow, we fanned-out across the hills and valleys in search of our “winter photos.” The temperature and melting snow (and lack of fresh snow) made our efforts more difficult than we had anticipated. So, many of us would end up focusing our lenses on extracts (small bits of the landscape) rather than the grand landscape. In the photos below you’ll see how our group pulled some nice images out of a landscape that was – well, a challenge.