Winter Field ~ Sunflowers

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I meant to come here in the summer (and the autumn) to study this field of sunflowers in full bloom but here I am only managing to photograph them in January while their dark heads are bowed with the weight of winter.

Karen McRae, 2015

It’s Better (and colder) In Real Life

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I can’t resist the call of the river, even at (especially at?) -25c. The way the cold transforms the landscape is always captivating and I especially love visiting the places where the water runs fast and manages to defy the freezing temperatures. It can be difficult to truly capture the majesty of the winter wonderland but perhaps that is part of what keeps me coming back.

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Karen McRae, 2015

Iced Landscape

River'sEdge_grassesThe river’s edge, late afternoon

WinterStarlingA starling in winter dress

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After a quick succession of snow, freezing rain, and plummeting temperatures the sun came out and today everything was sparkling.

Karen McRae, 2015

Navy Blue Night (with snowfall)

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NavyBlueNightWe have lost the snow ~ the light of winter ~ so I went back to look at some photographs from last year and found these; images made at night while a gentle snow was falling. These are in-camera double exposures, the first exposure is a still frame with flash (to catch the snowflakes), and in the second exposure camera movement was used to ‘sketch’ in the landscape. I have shifted the colour somewhat to make them look as inky as the night felt.

Karen McRae, 2014