Winter Wednesday

It’s cold. And changing my antidepressant from Cymbalta (which was helping my fibromyalgia but had quit helping my depression) to Fetzima (vice versa) isn’t helping my grumpy mood any. I have developed strange food cravings (carbs, sugar, and more carbs) and I am frighteningly grateful for cable TV and Law & Order reruns.

Lucky for me, I have a husband and dog to snuggle with when it’s cold and snowy outside.

Let it snow…

There is a Winter Weather Advisory out for the Minneapolis-St Paul metro area this afternoon and evening, and we are supposed to get around 4+ inches of snow, although how much we will actually get is anybody’s guess, as the forecasters haven’t gotten it right once yet this winter. This has proved another wimpy winter by Minnesota standards, especially for those of us who were children in the 1970s and ’80s. Still, although I’m sure there are snowboarders and skiers who are excited for snow, and I must admit that snow is prettier than our current brown and drab color scheme, I am ready for spring. Sunshine, blue skies, and flowers, please: tulips, hyacinths, lilacs and peonies…If you know how I feel, here are some tulip pics to keep you going until the real thing starts growing outside.

“The deep roots never doubt that spring will come.” Marty Rubin

never right the first time…

Although I love nature photography, especially on a small scale (think close-up and macro, rather than landscape), it doesn’t always come easily to me. Yesterday, for instance, . I posted a dreamy image of dying leaves that I loved, but it wasn’t quite right, somehow, in that indefinable way i couldn’t explain. So this morning I consulted with my resident expert, i.e. my TV photojournalist husband, he made a couple of suggestions, and voila! here is the final version. It’s nice to be married to an expert.

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Following his suggestion, I did some creative cropping, then I added some blur in the bottom left corner in Photoshop and added a watercolor-like texture from 2 Lil Owls (see sidebar if you are interested in purchasing some of your own–they are wonderful!) and brought out a bit of the light.

Photogs, just so you know, CC is always welcome and appreciated, just please be kind so as not to damage my tender feelings!

In other news, we Minneapolitans are finally getting our winter this week…cold temperatures (especially the windchill, such a hideous word, windchill) and Saturday we should get enough snow to cover everything, and this time, here’s hoping it will stick around for more than a day or two! I want my White Christmas!

This is how much snow cover we have now, which is pathetic for Minneapolis on December 8:

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Question: Do any photographers out there have advice for taking cold weather photos? This is my first winter with a DSLR and I am terrified of damaging my camera–or worse, one of my lenses. I’m also wondering about setting my exposure to compensate for snow glare on a sunny day. Thanks in advance!