We are only 15 days into the new year and already I am longing for spring. Living where I do, our winters are short and I can only imagine how those of you in colder climates dream about the coming of spring at this time of year, even though it may be a long way off.
I have been in a photographic funk the past couple of weeks since the Christmas decorations are down and I've been thinking there wasn't anything around worthy of a photograph. Then a friend invited me to go to our local botanical gardens for a morning of shooting. Although it is a place I love to go in the spring when all the cactus are in bloom, I wasn't optimistic about what there would be to shoot there in the middle of winter. But off we went, cameras (and my pessimistic attitude) in hand. Twenty feet inside the entrance gate, I spied the cactus above, just beginning to bloom and my heart soared! And this quote came to mind:
"If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?" ~Shelley
I can't say that spring was bursting out all over, however. It is a little early for that, even here in the desert. But once I got my photographic muscles warmed up shooting that cactus, I began to look for other things to shoot. I started to look for shapes rather than color and once my eyes stopped searching for color in the landscape, I found these:
The moral of the story is -- there is always something around to shoot, even in the middle of winter, if you are looking. So get out there, bundle up if you have to, and find the promise of spring (if you can) or just delight in the beauty of the weather that you have. And please share what you capture with us in our Flickr pool. We would love to see what winter (or early spring?) looks like in your part of the world.