April 5, 2018

Sunny, 25 Degrees, West Wind 5 – 10 mph.

Though sunny this morning, it is quite cold. With the wind chill, it’s only 18 degrees. This hardly feels like April and it’s frankly pretty disappointing. We long-suffering Northerners have more suffering to yet to do this winter. There are forecasts for a few inches of snow over the next couple of days. Yuck.

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This Maple was covered in huge flowers. I noticed it because there were flowers littering the ground. 

After taking a few really beautiful photographs yesterday in the miserable weather we had, it is discouraging to be out on a sunny day and find almost nothing to shoot that has much promise. I got a couple of images yesterday that I think will wind up in my portfolio; beautiful shots of trees and brush in the snow. I found viewpoints that I had not taken before and the contrast between sharply focused foreground elements and soft, snow-dimmed backgrounds was really nice.

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These are seed pods from last year. I don’t know what tree this is. 

Jamie and I went out to Island Lake again today. We went to the far end of the park and walked the mountain bike trails out there, but the trail and the surrounding woods were pretty uninspiring and the sun quickly rose to the point where the light was uninteresting. The time of year is getting to be a real problem with the early sunrise.

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A slightly tighter framing of this group of Pines. 

We made a couple of stops on the way back at river access points in hope of finding some waterfowl to shoot with the long lens, but this too was a strike out. There were no birds to be found. I photographed a couple of Robins and a Bluebird on the lawn at one site, but the shots didn’t look very interesting.

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A nice little puffy cloud that caught my eye. 

So, pretty much a strike-out today. One of the least successful days I feel like I’ve had since I began this process. It’s notable that my mood and confidence rises and falls markedly based on the last day’s shooting. A good day and I feel like a genius; a bad day and I feel like I’m wasting my time. You would think I would know better by now, but apparently not yet.

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