Snowscapes

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I love snow.  Really.  And the fact that we were holed up in the house, sick, during the past couple big snows made me sad!  So, I resigned myself to capturing what I could from within the warmth of our house (no way I was going out in negative temperatures to risk an easily induced coughing fit).  Here is one of my favorites — it’s a little on the abstract side, but I have always loved looking at the wind ripples on snow drifts.  And, I was able to capture a section of our yard not tromped over by deer or turkeys!

Yes, turkeys.  We have a flock of turkeys that has been frequenting our yard now that the holidays are past and they have no fear of becoming a meal ;).    Here’s my son, on the lookout for deer or turkeys one morning.  Or maybe he was looking at a squirrel.  I can’t remember.  Those neat binoculars really do work, by the way, and they are sized just for kids!

And since I’m pretty sure you’ll ask me for proof of turkey-sightings… here is one of those, during a lovely morning snow shower.  They generally traipse through our front yard, head to the trees below, and then go through or behind or woods (or vice versa).  Typically we’ll see 5-6 turkeys in the group.

Snapshot tip: during cold weather, it’s important to let your camera adjust gradually from being outside when you come into the warmth.  Otherwise condensation could form on the sensor, the electronic parts, the lens, etc.  And that’s a bad thing.  Of course, in extreme negative temperatures, we could also discuss batteries freezing and other such technical difficulties, but I’m going to go with my gut and focus on the “more relevant” things for our locale.  The easiest way to help your camera adjust to the drastic temperature change is to place it in a plastic bag and let it gradually warm up.  I’ve also left mine in its camera case, as that will insulate it some and slow the warming up process enough that you should be able to avoid internal condensation from forming.

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