Frost

Frost

“It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.”
–John Burroughs

Clash of Seasons

Clash of Seasons

“Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. Philosophies fall away like sand, creeds follow one another, but what is beautiful is a joy for all seasons, a possession for all eternity.”
–Oscar Wilde

Intersection

Intersection

One of the things that makes a good photograph is simplicity.  Think about what you are trying to create – what is your goal, what are you trying to say, what is the subject – and then remove/minimize all other distractions, either in camera or in processing.   Reduce, streamline, boil down. Make it as visually simple as possible to tell your story and meet your goals.

Ice Crossing

Ice Crossing

One of the benefits (can you call it that?) of the old, relatively un-insulated windows in our house is that when it gets really cold outside, in the morning, we get this really cool window ice frost.  The crystals form fascinating intricate fractals patterns all over the glass.  This is image started as a simple macro photograph of a small section of frost.  

St Francis Seminary Woods

St Francis Seminary Woods

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
–John Muir

Shot on a quiet, albeit cold and very icy, walk through the St. Francis Seminary Woods in St. Francis, Wisconsin, just south of Milwaukee along the shore of Lake Michigan.

Blank Slate - Park Bench in Snow

Blank Slate

As 2016 begins, we should all sit down, relax, and imagine what we can create in the coming months.  After all, at this moment, the year is a blank slate.  Focusing on what you want to achieve is the first step toward making it happen.  And you’ll never get there if you never try.