Winter view at Heron Creek Forest Preserve.
I have previously described the slate grey tones of winter
at Heron Creek Forest Preserve near Long Grove, Illinois.
Wanting to discover any changes on the trail since my last visit, I sought to capture the winter scene in a multi-photo essay.
Hiker's footprints and the tracks of cross country skiers now flattened the snow on the preserves' trail. I no longer had to plow through a foot of fresh fallen snow. Because of this, my pace would be faster today, and I snapped photos as I hiked the forest preserve trail.
Black capped chickadees and a dark eyed junco tweeted and called to me from the branches of oak trees along the prairie's border.
After my hike, I reviewed my photos. One photo, the one published above, stood out from the two dozen photos I had taken.
I find it a complex scene, and I discover something new each time I view it.
The curved clouds in the sky crop the top of the scene. It gives a fish eye impression to the scene, as if one were looking up from inside a large glass bottle.
Snow on the roof of the picnic shelter to the right and the upward lift of trees from the horizon on the left enhance this "inside the bottle" effect.
Though the scene is generally in focus, the details are not sharp. This provides a mood of restfulness, much like the haze when awakening from sleep. And this is just how I imagine winter to be... a time of rest and relaxation.
I set out on this hike hoping to create a winter photo essay of many photos. As usually happens, what I set out to find on the trail is often replaced by something better and unforeseen.
My winter photo essay of this hike is summarized by a single photo!
Until next time. And remember to stay on the trail.