The upcoming assignment for the local photo group I meet with regularly is “simplicity.” The field of what that means in our photographs is wide open. Given how much snow we have, many of my usual photographic subjects—ice, plants, etc.—have been “erased” by a nearly continuous white blanket.
With the sun higher and warmer, the hanger-on leaves of American Beech and Northern Red Oak are beginning to fall and melt their way into the snow. I loved the simplicity of this composition I found in Hubbard Park last week:
As I was looking at the image on my computer, I noticed the wee black speck on the leaf. I enlarged and cropped it and was delighted to find a Snow Flea, one of the most remarkable living creatures ever! Often I’ve seen thousands of them on the snow but not yet this winter.