|Partridge Brook Coating|
Last week I awoke one morning to discover that overnight a dusting of snow had left a coating of white on the ground and trees. It wasn’t much, but as I looked out of the window, I was aware of two important things. First, the “storm” had resulted in a lovely frosting of the bare November branches. Secondly, the temperature was 38 degrees, meaning that all that beautiful snow would soon be falling from the trees.
I have previously discussed the importance of capturing winter storms while the snow is still sticking to the branches. We call this the “winter wonderland” time. The snow-covered landscape is always beautiful, but the magic of winter scenes is always best captured with the fresh frosting.
On Tuesday morning, with the temperature above freezing, I knew that the snow would soon be falling from the branches. It wasn’t the most beautiful storm, but I thought it would be a good opportunity to contrast winter wonderland with the ordinary bare branch aftermath.
I knew that I didn’t have much time, so I headed out toward Westmoreland among the pastures that lie below Spofford Village. The snow was already dropping, but I was able to capture a bit of the “wonderland” along Partridge Brook. Further downstream, I used an old pasture bridge and snow bound farm equipment as foregrounds. One of my favorite barns was also nearby. I wanted to return to the locations later in the day, so I stomped rough markers in to the snow and then headed home for breakfast.
|Before and After|
I was back just a couple of hours later. The winter wonderland was gone, and I set about grabbing my comparison images. My views weren’t perfectly matched, but I think the point was made. It is amazing how just a few hours can change the feel of a scene.
Location Location Location
|On Hurricane Road|
Not only time, but location can affect what we see. After all, this IS New England, and the variable conditions is one thing that make makes our photography so dynamic. After capturing my “Un-Wonderland” images, I headed in to Keene by way of Hurricane Road. This road travels over a hill and with the elevation returned the winter wonderland coating. The snow was coming off the trees in large clumps, but I was still able to catch a touch more magic before descending to the nearly snowless Keene Central Square.
Falling Clumps, Hurricane Road, Keene New Hampshire
|Waiting for Snow, Keene's Central Square|
This is what I love about New England. If you know what to look for, in just a few hours or a few miles, you can experience a wide variety of landscapes and weather. Our “wait a minute” weather is just one of the special treasures of New England photography.