Still Learning To See

Simple and closer

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.

HP-7636-2I’ll post some of my other “simplicity” photographs over the next week or two. In the meantime I’ll go look more closely at what is right in front of me!


This entry was published on March 8, 2015 at 11:33 am. It’s filed under Hubbard Park, John Snell, John Snell Photographer, Leaves, Photograph, Vermont, Winter and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Simple and closer

  1. Simply beautiful 😉 Aren’t snow fleas amazing? They must be the only insect that doesn’t go dormant.

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