Winter Magic

While I wish fall was a little longer and winter a little shorter, I do appreciate living in a place that experiences all four seasons. I always look forward to the treasures each season brings. In winter abandoned places seem even more lonely, especially when standing in cold contrast to fresh white snow. Bare trees, snow and ice make wonderful photography subjects that I intend to make full use of this winter. Below are my first winter subjects of the year … but I’m just getting started!

Best wishes to all for a magical winter and wonderful new year.

Old Farmstead In Winter
‘Old Farmstead In Winter’ © Denise Bush
Winter Shack
‘Winter Shack’ © Denise Bush
Winter Bog
‘Winter Bog’ © Denise Bush
Reflections On Ice
‘Reflections On Ice’ © Denise Bush

Water Reflections

Water Subjects – Part II
As pointed out in a comment to my previous post, ‘water’ is the number one, most photographed subject … as a main subject, or component of a composition. I have been thinking a lot about this since my last post. Water not only has an important and interesting human relationship but also makes intriguing subjects for photographers. I believe that water has a lot to do with why I am so drawn to landscape photography in the first place. I find it hard to imagine my living in a place that was not close to bodies of water and assorted water features. The images in this post are from a fall trip to Bear Mountain and Sterling Forest State Parks in New York. The area offered opportunities to photograph beside the water and I took a liking to a tiny island perched just off-shore. It added that ‘something else’ I was looking for so I took my time in making several different compositions before moving on. This is something that I advise students do so I was actually practicing what I preach! Isolated reflections, like ready-made abstracts called to me to capture them. At sunset a view looking east offered some pretty pink clouds mirrored in the reflection of Sterling Lake. Now as this post concludes my autumn adventures, I am ready for all the wonders and photographic subjects the winter season will bring.

Tiny Island I
‘Tiny Island I’ © Denise Bush
'Tiny Island II'  © Denise Bush
‘Tiny Island II’ © Denise Bush
Tiny Island III
‘Tiny Island III’ © Denise Bush
Trees Along The Shore
‘Trees Along The Shore’ © Denise Bush
Liquid Autumn
‘Liquid Autumn’ © Denise Bush
'Serenity At Sterling Lake'  © Denise Bush
‘Serenity At Sterling Lake’ © Denise Bush

Water Attraction

Water Subjects – Part I
Thinking about what types of subjects I am attracted too I would certainly need to include water near the top of my list. I have always loved photographing beside the water whether it’s a stream, lake, waterfall or ocean and I seek out scenes that include water. A moon child, I was born under one of the three waters signs of the zodiac but I don’t think I’m a believer in all of that! I’m sure many other photographers share this fascination with me. Water possesses many symbolic meanings in religion, art, literature and dreams. Some of the most common are: life, purity, cleansing and rebirth. In some cultures water is seen as a symbol of versatility because it can take on many forms. Influenced by the moon, water flows, falls, waves, can be liquid, can freeze or become steam … and creates wonderful photographic subjects! The images here were captured this fall in the Delaware Water Gap.

'Cascade With Autumn Reflections'  © Denise Bush
‘Cascade With Autumn Reflections’ © Denise Bush
'Autumn Highlights'  © Denise Bush
‘Autumn Highlights’ © Denise Bush
'Dingman's Falls'  © Denise Bush
‘Dingman’s Falls’ © Denise Bush
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'Morning Reflection'  © Denise Bush
‘Morning Reflection’ © Denise Bush
'On The Edge'  © Denise Bush
‘On The Edge’ © Denise Bush
Delicate Falls'  © Denise Bush
‘Delicate Falls’ © Denise Bush
'Lower Raymondskill'  © Denise Bush
‘Lower Raymondskill’ © Denise Bush
'Still Reflection'  © Denise Bush
‘Still Reflection’ © Denise Bush
'Pool At Tillman's Ravine'  © Denise Bush
‘Pool At Tillman’s Ravine’ © Denise Bush