Midwestern Wanderlog

2016-02-17 – So. Very. Sparkly…


What a glorious morning!

(Seems like I say that a lot.  Oh, well!  It’s always true!)

Sunrise Stats!
First light: 6:39 AM
Sunrise: 7:09 AM
Daylight: 11 hrs, 32 min

Colder this morning than it was yesterday, but absolutely no air movement up on the overlook; buildings sending out plumes of heat exhaust were rising straight up.  And just a few clouds on the horizon offering some vivid color.  The sun rose clear and bright and orangey-gold, but the grasses of the Bluff reflected back that beautiful reddish shade that’s so full of life and color.

But the real prize was on the way home.

_MG_6317Yesterday’s fog left the Bluff untouched, but near the Belle Creek the fog settled and froze on every branch and stick and blade of old, dried grass.  In the darkness before dawn, none of it was visible, but coming home with the light of the morning sun coming just over the hill, everything sparkled and shone.


8:14:33 AM 1/90 seconds on f/22 at ISO 200

Recently I’ve been feeling very inadequate.  Personal difficulties, financial worries, unfair comparisons, lack of support, it all contributes and underscores the insidious feelings of “less than” despite my best efforts to counteract and replace them with something better.  So this morning when the silvery sparkle of frost-coated old growth caught my eye, my first thought was, “Even if I try, I won’t get anything worth looking at.  I’ll do it all wrong.”

But I stopped anyway, because the next thought was a replay in memory of research, prior attempts, longing to capture the shine for others to see and enjoy, and a feeling of what could it hurt, to practice and see what I get?  The composition is still lacking, but yes, it is possible for the camera to capture frost- and snow-glitter!

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2 thoughts on “2016-02-17 – So. Very. Sparkly…

  1. Leanne Overlander

    Yay snow glitter. I think I like the one with the sun on the left side and all the tall weeds across the buttom.
    So proud of you sticking with your project, no matter what. “I will persist until I succeed” 🙂

    1. Ellemar Post author

      I really like that one, too – that’s the shine that first caught my eye heading up the road.
      (Some days I have to keep repeating that quote to myself as I’m dragging myself out of bed! Also, Haanel #4 – “If you do not intend to do a thing, do not start; if you do start, see it through even if the heavens fall; if you make up your mind to do something, do it; let nothing, no one, interfere; the “I” in you has determined, the thing is settled; the die is cast, there is no longer any argument.”)

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