It’s less than a week until the Philadelphia Flower Show, and spring is, technically, only some four weeks away.  I’ve been accumulating some winter scenes and I thought I’d better get  them posted.  Not that anyone’s already forgotten about winter scenes, or that morning temperatures can still hover near zero.

I’ve gone out recently with my mind set on trying to capture some scenes that were a little off of the beaten path.  On a recent snow morning this tree’s shadows on the snow caused my shutter to quiver.  I like its patterns, its softness and peace and how it fades away…there is mystery here.

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Down the road at Kirby’s Mill there were plenty of opportunities with the barn-red buildings in the snow.  The first thing I saw as I was only partly out of my car was the reflection of the mill in a window across the street.

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I like this a lot even though there isn’t much winter in the image (naked branches?).  But we too often default to such red-white shots and it wasn’t what I had in mind.  Instead, I wound up with these two from the adjacent pond above the falls, both of which convey the profound cold we’ve experienced.  The first is definitely a genuine still life.

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A trip to the shore was eye-opening.  I had anticipated frozen spray on the jetties but not frozen spume.  The scene was chilling.  😉

The frozen spume crunched as I walked on it, and clumps of it were floating on the incoming waves like miniature icebergs.

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On the bay there was no relief.  It’s rare to see the channel frozen over.  I’m told that the fox population in Holgate has increased because the foxes can migrate from the mainland by walking across on the ice.

Sorry. We're not going out today.

Sorry. We’re not going out today.


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The boat landing at the foot of my street was not very welcoming.

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Back home on campus there were places defying the winter’s cold.  Here is a shot from inside the Nature Center, looking out on winter’s work.  The green house was loaded with flats of seedlings.  There will be spring.

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30 Responses to “CAN SPRING BE FAR BEHIND?”

  1. Ken Curtis Says:

    Very nice photos, Ralph. They certainly do show winter. You have a great eye for finding interesting scenes that most others would walk right on past. I enjoy reading your descriptions.

  2. eajackson Says:

    Bergie’s Place. What a nice place to go and visit with my morning cup of coffee. Mother Nature is amazing and you have always be able to share some of her prettiest work. Thanks Ralph.

  3. Susan Chilkotowsky-Kain Says:

    Thank you Ralph for the inspiration. Always love reading your blog

  4. Nancy Denmark Says:

    Really cool pix. You come up with the best subject matter for your pictures.

  5. Terry Wilson Says:

    Beautiful images Ralph! The frozen beach series really surprised me. Meanwhile it’s been pretty mild out here in California. This is the second winter that I stayed in sandals.

  6. Scott Says:

    Great work as always Ralph!

  7. Season Bonner Says:

    You are a brave and hardy soul to go out and get interesting shots of the deep freeze! But as always, you are also an inspiration because I am now going to leave my warm nest and get over to the park. Thank you Ralph!

    • Ralph Berglund Says:

      Thanks Season. Believe me, I didn’t stay long on the beach, especially as I had also stepped in to a couple of tidal pools. Thank God for the nearby, warm car. I thought of your Smithville Canada Geese images as I was photographing Kirby’s Mill pond.

  8. larryalyons Says:

    Ralph, Just REALLY great captures of this year’s winter.. Interesting about the foxes. It seemed to me that the fox population on Island Beach State Park had significantly increased.

    • Ralph Berglund Says:

      Thanks, Larry. I certainly enjoyed your pre-meet workshop on shooting birds last week. Well done.
      Reynard, the fox, is mythically smart so why wouldn’t they go where the dole is?

  9. Bonnie Says:

    Very nice Ralph. I think you really captured the feel of winter at the shore.

  10. Rich Lewis Says:

    I’m a sucker for good winter photography but what I really like about these is the mood you are presenting. Everyone of these images screams winter, especially the less than typical shore scenes.

  11. Bob Williams Says:

    Enjoy the stillness and beauty while it lasts, the return migration is beginning to stir!

  12. Sally Vennel Says:

    Ralph, I am glad to see the bay frozen over – left a camera with our daughter in Surf City, but haven’t seen any photos as yet. You have had more of a winter in NJ, than we have in CO – but I did put some fox pictures on my blog recently. I look forward to you next post, I always enjoy your work. Sally

  13. DOREEN Rutherford Says:

    great winter photos!!

  14. Laura Says:

    Just love that last shot, Ralph!

  15. Ralph Berglund Says:

    Thanks for visiting, LauarinAtlanta.

  16. Jenn Says:

    Ralph, I’m much better off now just looking at this, than experiencing it (sadly). Your images are beautiful, and I miss being able to see things like that for myself. Thank you for sharing them.

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