In the Woods, Woodbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard
It’s Christmas Eve, the shopping is done, we only have to cook a simple sweet potato dish, wrap a few presents, and we are all set to spend Christmas day with the rest of the family. We are expecting a light snow tonight and it is getting colder in anticipation. I took our dog Wally out for his afternoon walk and carried my Lumix G3 in my coat pocket “just in case.” The light was going fast and the woods are pretty bleak so whatever I found to photograph I knew was going to end up as black and white. Looking up I was struck by the beauty and intricacy of all the interwoven branches that are invisible when the trees are in leaf. It’s a sight you have to wait all year to see. Some might find this a dreary image, but to me it’s more symbolic. Winter, when nature hunkers down to get ready for spring. Without one the other doesn’t happen; and that’s just how it is.
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas.
Panasonic Lumix G3 with Olympus Body cap lens. In camera black and white conversion. Processed in Photoshop CS4.