121: Let’s play

(Birthday gift, with special effects.)

It is frigid outside.  Seriously frigid.  The kind of frigid where the folks on the news tell you to stay indoors unless you absolutely have to go out.  What makes it all the more frustrating is that the sun keeps making big, bright appearances.  Everything looks so pretty.  But don’t let that fool you.  It is seriously cold out there.

(Birthday gift, without the special effects.)

It is the kind of  day when one should stay indoors and play.  I had to go out, of course, because of the commitment.  I procrastinated for a while, finding other things to occupy my time.

(Night in the living room.)

I played last night, too.  I’m reading a book about exposure and the best way for me to understand what I’m reading is to sit and play with the camera.  I’m a hands-on kind of gal that way.

Bitter, cruel, heartless and cold

Did I mention it is seriously cold outside?  Oh yes, I did.  And it is.  This is Old Man Winter at his worst.  He’s the kind of guy you want to stay away from.  He won’t just break your heart.  He’ll snap off your fingers first.

(Today’s view of the pond.)

I know.  It looks so pretty.  What you can’t see is the wind whipping the snow around, tall dervishes of white powder twirling around in the trees, in the meadows, and across the pond.

(Coming in for a landing.)

I don’t know how the birds stand it out there.  Why doesn’t their blood freeze?  I was layered and bundled and still, the cold was biting my fingers and toes, freezing my nose, and turning my face blue.  Really.  It was blue when I came inside.  I’ve never had that happen before.  That particular shade of blue is not my color, that’s for sure.

(Playing with clouds and blue sky.)

Even the sun was no help.  There was no warmth there at all.  It was merely a light to brighten things up every now and then as it peered through the clouds.

(The cold, blue sky without the special effects.)

One of the reasons I dared to go out into this arctic cold (other than my commitment) is that we have a hike planned for tomorrow.  The temperature will be about the same, but the wind should not be as bad as it is today.

(Fresh, new snow.)

I guess we’ll make a decision about it tomorrow.  Right now I would vote for canceling.  But I may feel differently about it in the morning.  After I thaw out from today’s outdoor adventures.

(Sunbeams and clouds on a frigid day in the Bogs.)

How about you?  Got any plans for the weekend?

(Note:  The photos with special effects were altered and played around with in Picnik.)

28 Comments on “121: Let’s play”

  1. anhinga says:

    Oh my gosh! You are a hardy one! This was such a well written post, from the choice of words to the chill I got while reading it.

  2. I’m totally a hands-on person too. I must “do” in order to understand. Otherwise I’m totally keflummoxed.

  3. Bo Mackison says:

    Northern souls — we complain a bit about the cold, but we still go out. What choice is there? Can;t stay inside for half the year! 🙂

    Love those birthday photos. A great Zen like for focusing.

    And, you know, being a hands on kind of person might take some extra time, but once a concept is learned, it is learned really well.

    • Robin says:

      I think going out is the best choice, Bo. Staying inside, for me, leads to SAD and cabin fever. I feel much better getting out and about (even when I complain a bit about it).

      Another good point: Being hands on does mean learning something well. 🙂

  4. photobyholly says:

    I like your edits – very creative!! 🙂 The sky was very deceiving today, we had a GORGEOUS blue sky here, but also bitter cold!!

  5. Marcie says:

    I guess it’s cold everywhere. We had a foot of fresh snow today..and sub-zero temps tonite. F-r-e-e-e-z-i-n-g!! Love your cold winter images!

  6. Kel says:

    oooh loving the cloud/sky collagey thing you created…how did you do that?

  7. starbear says:

    Ah, yes, same thing here, seriously dangerously cold. A foot of snow and -5F (-20.56C) with those same blustery winds. 2 hours of plowing on an open (no cab) tractor diminished my desire to take cold pics… LOL!

  8. i’m in Louisiana…i’ll enjoy your winter through pictures…

  9. Karma says:

    You did some really neat things with Picnik! I’ve been seeing a lot about it lately – people seem to really like it. Do you have to pay to use it?

    I’m curious about the birthday gift shot. It is quite lovely but I can’t quite figure out what it is!

    I did the same thing when I read “Understanding Exposure.” Had the camera sitting near by while I read.

    • Robin says:

      Karma: It’s free with Picasa (which is also free). I’m not sure if it’s free to use online or not. I know there are some premium effects and stuff that you have to subscribe to use.

      The birthday gift is a crystal thingie that my husband gave me. I’ll post a full shot of it soon so you can see it. It’s hard to describe as it really has no use other than decorative (and it twirls).

  10. About that cold blue sky without the special effects, does that mean you didn’t photoshop the blue? It’s so brilliant!

    And those tiny little birds are so game, coming out in the freezing weather! I do hope they have a nice cosy nest somewhere nearby.

    Love the living room shot. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Joanne. 🙂

      I used Photoshop on the one without the special effects, but not for color. The sky was that incredible shade of blue where there were breaks in the clouds.

  11. MN in my Rearview Mirror says:

    In Minnesota when it is bitter cold but the snow is shining they call it “Arctic Sunshine”. The weather man once explained that when there are no clouds, there is nothing to insulate and keep any heat down here. So it gets sunny and frigid! Love your pics buy the way!

  12. Robin says:

    MN in my Rearview Mirror: Thank you. 🙂 And thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    “Arctic Sunshine” is a great term for it! We had some of that yesterday, along with snow falling from a clear sky.

  13. jenna says:

    I love the living room shot – because it looks like my bedroom at night, but mostly because I spotted and recognized that picture of M, with the Exquisite E when she was much tinier. I love that picture 🙂

  14. Marianne says:

    Robin, looks like you had great fun with the camera. Neat looking photos! We got that frigid weather also. It’s warmer now though.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Marianne. I did. 🙂

      It’s warmer here too. For now. The weather folks says it will be back into the single digits by the weekend. That’s winter.

  15. milkayphoto says:

    LOVE the sparrows! Sorry about your bitter temps!

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