Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Snow Becomes Art

Winter Olympics Art Day 6

Snow really does become the "art" as depicted in this photograph showing snow and frost hanging in the stillness of the air from gnarly trees in minus 15C weather along the K-9 trail about 10 kilometres from my home in West Kelowna, B.C. To me there is nothing quite like a snow fall to transform the landscape, most of the year, this is a sparsely wooded area, mostly small trees with bare bones tree branches twisting to and fro, yes beauty in it's own unique way, but not a spectacular or a majestic kind of beauty. The snow is the icing on the cake so to speak, which can turn the ordinary scene into one of spectacular beauty.

The above image was made with my then Tachihara 4 x 5 view camera and a 270mm lens which is a medium telephoto on this format. The K-9 trail is located near the Telemark Cross-Country Ski Club, about a 4 km loop, it's not groomed, lots of people like to bring their dogs along this trail, hence the name, "K-9", one can either ski or snow shoe in the winter. Telemark Ski area also has some very challenging ski trails for those of you who may wish to train for the next up coming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in 2014.

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