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Winter Scenes: Fragile Phenomena (Set 1 of 2)

From Angels Crest by Leslie Schwartz:

“He saw how the snow had come and changed the place, had made it new again…. He saw how pristine and stunning it was and he slipped, for a moment, into the past. He saw the glory that had been his life, the wide-open beauty of it, the hardships, the simplicity even when, back then, it had seemed so complicated and difficult. The beauty of the world made him feel, for a brief moment, like a man who had been delivered of all that had ever hurt or wounded him. The land, capped by snow and the splendor of winter, stretched out before him, miraculous and unparalleled in its breadth and beauty. He saw himself floating above it all … flying farther and farther away while the snowy world below disappeared from sight.”

From Walden and Other Writings by Henry David Thoreau:

“Many of the phenomena of winter are suggestive of an inexpressible tenderness and fragile delicacy.”


6 thoughts on “Winter Scenes: Fragile Phenomena (Set 1 of 2)

    1. Thanks! For the last three photos, there was almost nothing but snow in the backgrounds and I brightened whites to eliminate most of the detail. For the others, I reduced as much background color — shades of green — as I could, to shift everything to that cool blue, white, and gray that you see after a snowstorm while it’s still cloudy and the light is muted. I usually crank up background color, so it was a different approach — it’s what the pictures wanted! 🙂

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