Feel of winter

One day when fresh snow arrived I decided to take a stroll around our village with my camera though I didn’t expect capturing much. Seemingly, there isn’t much to capture in the village after having lived there for a few years. Yet I was proven wrong once again because I “found” a few captures I really liked. For example this gate leading… where exactly? Into your childhood? That’s a Mirabelle bush where local children like to hide and play.

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A part of the village is a bit remote and the road leading to that part represents a path where the locals – including my family – go for a stroll from time to time when the weather is nice. One doesn’t meet many cars on the road which makes the strolling pleasant.

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You may imagine that I’ve taken quite a few photos of the road but they are never the same.

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You look at the same road but see different seasons, feel different emotions, gather different thoughts.

In the photo below, there is the building of the municipal office in the village and I’ve never liked it more than in this capture. It looks so soft which somewhat contradicts the fact that representatives of the village meet in its offices to decide on budget and further development, some of the locals meet in its pub to discuss news and chat with one another, and a fire machine is kept in its garage…

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I have to confess that all the effort I’ve made and all the information I’ve gathered recently in the field of photography influence significantly the way I see and understand the world around me. I may never become as good a photographer as I would like to be but the goals I set took me somewhere.

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Today I came across a thought H. D. Thoreau expressed: “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” I had to think about what my goals had been and what I’ve become by achieving them. It’s all part of the personal path which winds through our lives and I agree that by setting our goals we shape ourselves. Yet evidently more than we would have expected when setting them.

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22 Comments

    1. Susan, thank you. The bush is quite big and when its branches are covered with leaves, it is a funny place for the children to hide in! I was hesitant about including that photo into this post as it has a different atmosphere than the other ones so now I’m glad I did.

    1. Susan, thank you. You are so right, it is important to see and it’s the greatest gift of all. And it goes further. When you see, you need to know how to show what you saw to others so that they understand, which is the real art I really admire.

    1. Donna, thank you, you’re very kind. I’m pleased you like the images.
      I had to look at a dictionary to learn what “sell myself short” might mean and well… I’m sure you’re right but it’s difficult to change something I feel so strongly. I need to work on that… as well as on my photographic skills. It’s real adventure!

  1. Amazing photos. You might have seen everything in your village a million times, yet when you carry a camera in your hand your eyes open up to things which you have not seen before. This is the magic of carrying a camera in the hand.

    The quote by Henry David Thoreau is fabulous. We undergo a tremendous transformation and personality changes not in achieving our goals but in the process of trying to achieve our goals. Standing on the peak of a mountain is less significant than the effort a person puts in to reach the peak. The quote you selected is marvelous.

    You village has no pollution compared to the city I live in where there is all sort of pollution — sound, dust, smoke.

    Best wishes

    1. Joseph, thank you for your thoughtful comment.
      You’re right, a camera makes us more perceptive to our surroundings and that is so enriching!
      I’m pleased you like the quote by H. D. Thoreau I mentioned here. I love it so much. Originally I read another Thoreau’s quote on someone’s blog and its wisdom made me look for more…
      Winters are definitely cleaner here than in the city where I grew up and I appreciate it…

  2. What a visual feast of snow. It's amazing what you can do just by photographically playing with lines of tree branches in photos 1, 3 ad 4. Don't be despondent, there's quality here and you can only work with the landscapes and subjects you have been given.
    I went out for a 90 min car drive with the camera two weeks ago hoping to catch some snow two day after it fell. Unfortunately a lot of it in the hill country had melted and I was left with large sections of green grass making it a little untidy and not the effect I had originally envisaged.

  3. I quite agree: a scene rarely stays the same as time goes by. In a month or two these trees with start to turn green and all will be different. My personal favourite this time is the fourth one with the neat framing of the house.

  4. I'm a little late in visiting this post, Petra; but I'm glad I didn't miss it. I think we've talked about this before, but we are always our own worst critics. Your photography is lovely; but, in your eyes, there will always be room for improvement. It's hard to separate ourselves from our own work and look at it objectively. Others will look at it longingly, wishing they could do so well.

    The "gate" does look as if it leads to a magical kingdom. I can see why children are drawn to it. The road looks so inviting. Winter can be so black and white, and I love the soft colors you captured in the image of the municipal building and in the last image of the trees with the red markings on them. Nice lines in that one, too.

    The Thoreau quote was perfect…and so true.

    1. Linda, thank you for your kind and supportive words. On the one hand I don’t think my photography is good enough, on the other hand I’m quite sure it’s been improving, which is utterly positive. There is the wisdom of those Thoreau’s words…

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