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Broken 6″ thick ice slabs along the Huntington River

The recent heavy rains kicked up many big blocks of ice along the Huntington River. I took a walk along the banks at the Audubon Nature Center here in Huntington yesterday. This is a close-up of a broken 6″ thick slab. I like the air bubbles trapped in the ice.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 55mm, ISO 200, f/13, 1/320″ exposure.

In the woods

A little experimentation with motion blur in the Audubon Nature Center woods this morning…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ various lengths, ISO 100, f/22, 0.2″ exposures.

Winter Abstract

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Afternoon shadow lines across a beaver pond

Now that there’s finally some snow on the ground, the opportunities for a little abstraction are more abundant. We walked up to a nearby beaver pond yesterday afternoon. The shadows of the surrounding forest fell across the flat, snow covered  ice creating an abstract field of line and light.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 77mm, ISO 400, f/13, 1/500″ exposure.

Afternoon snow

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Late afternoon sunlight on fresh snow

Going kind of minimalist on you all today. The late afternoon sunlight yesterday created subtle shadows and colors on the fresh snowfall in our front field. This about catches the mood.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 37mm, ISO 800, f/9, 1/500″ exposure.

Summer memory

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A piece of dried hydrangea on fresh snow

A bit of a summer memory—this piece of dried hydrangea had been broken off by the weekend’s strong winds to cast its shadow on the fresh snow.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/80″ exposure.

Fresh Tracks

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Morning tracks on just-enough-snow

2.5″ of new snow might not seem like a lot, but beggars can’t be choosers. A nearby hay meadow offered just enough coverage and pitch to make for a fun morning of earning turns!

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 14mm, ISO 400, f/16, 1/200″ exposure.

Camel’s Hump from Bert’s Crown

The view of Camel's Hump from Bert's Crown
The view of Camel’s Hump from Bert’s Crown

Bert’s Crown is a rocky knob above the Camel’s Hump Nordic center. I’d never climbed to the top of it before, so decided to give it a try this morning. It was a bit of a scramble, but I was rewarded by a stunning view!

Sony RX100 M3

Tangled

Willow stems bent into the snow
Willow branches bent into the snow

These willow branches have been bent into the snow since the heavy snowfall back in December. As the snowpack melts, the branches will spring free. Whether they ever grow straight again is another question.

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 66mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 400, f/18, 1/200″ exposure.

Pretzel

A pretzel in the wild? Hmmm...
A pretzel in the wild? Hmmm…

Several alert readers of my East Street Weather Blog have pointed out that this morning’s photo reminded them of a nicely salted pretzel. Here’s another version of the photo with some of the more tell-tale details cropped out. Can you figure out what it is?

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