I don't usually photograph trees when it snows. For one thing, the snow on the ground usually gets my feet wet. For another, I hate taking pictures when the sky looks gray or white instead of blue -- and that is usually what happens when it snows. Third, snow is often accompanied by wind. Wind is a well known adversary to nature photography.
But today, all the elements were favorable for me to give it a go -- so I went outside to take pictures of trees in the snow. I had new waterproof boots, so my feet didn't get wet. There was no wind whatsoever. And the sky was as saturated with blue as I could have hoped. Sure my hands got cold, but with everything else going right, how could I let that stop me?
So I bundled up, grabbed my camera and tripod and headed over to Bullington Garden in Hendersonville, NC. There is a large oak tree that commands attention at the end of a small field. It is resplendent in the snow.
Yes, I know the trees have shed their leaves in most parts of the US by now. And that many peopld are busy creating beautiful trees by placing ornaments on them for the Christmas holiday. But I have seen too many beautiful trees this autumn to bid farewell to the natural fall colors without one more fond glance backwards. The above photo, with reflecting pond and copy of Monet's bridge was taken at Gibbs Garden in Ball Ground, Georgia. The two photos below were also taken at Gibbs Garden.
The following photographs were taken at Longwood Gardens, in Kennett Square, PA (a suburb of Philadelphia).
Ruthie photographs trees because she loves them.
1 - 3pm
A Walk in the Woods
423 N. Main St.
Photographer and editor Ruthie Rosauer will be on hand to autograph copies of her book, THESE TREES. The book, a compilation of 140 trees photos paired with poems, has been described as "A gorgeous book, a heart-opening photo collection."