Sunday, February 07, 2010

A Little Sun in the Woods

Woods, trees, pale winter sunshine, billowing snow and flowing deep blue shadows sharp enough to cut raw gemstones... Not a single footprint disturbed the sculptural elements of the late winter landscape or the image captured.

Just beyond the perimeter of the first photo are the tracks of fox, rabbits and wild turkeys, and it seemed to these old eyes that our resident fox had been spiral dancing across the hilltop this morning before we arrived. He(or she) didn't seem bothered by the deep cold at all and managed to look comfortable and even contented in the icy north wind.

16 comments:

Shelly said...

I love walking in the woods and fields in winter snow. All of the paths of our fellow creatures are shown to a human whose nose is nowhere near as sensitive as your fox...

Green Gal said...

Such stunning photographs!

Aisling said...

Oh beautiful, beautiful! I wish I was there! I took my walk amid ice and snow today, but your shadows and light and the beautiful wildling just speak to my heart. Thank you!

liliannattel said...

Cate these are magnificent photos.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful.....perfection, really.

Cari said...

The lines in this photo are really extraordinary. Amazing photograph!

Rowan said...

Lovely photo of the fox. It's odd how it still looks cold in the first photo even though the sun is obviously shining brightly, it's a beautiful sight but there is no feeling of warmth in there.

the wild magnolia said...

Cold weather tends to sharpen the edges of photographs, animals and people.

The little foxy face sprinkled with snow is gorgeous. I love the little red foxy person.

Stunning photo's dear friend.

One Woman's Journey said...

Magnificient - the snow, light and shadows - The image does not look real - looks like a painting. I look out my windows but cannot walk deep into the woods - getting too old!!!!

Valerie said...

I'm totally amazed at the fox photo. In my experience, they are not only sly, but shy!

Do you think in his dance he was chasing a vole? (Why do we always assume a fox is a "he"?)

Beth said...

Oh! Your photographs are always extraordinary. But these two are just incredible. Thank you!

kerrdelune said...

I am not sure, but I think my fox is the little fox mother who raised a brood alone a few seasons ago after her mate was killed on the road. She was so thin that year that she broke my heart, and we brought her food all through the season. The den on the edge of hill looks as though it has been in use for many years.

Laura Hegfield said...

beautiful photo...I really love the long shadows of the trees on the snow!

bev said...

Somehow I missed seeing these photos the other day. They're wonderful.

LeesMyth said...

Really lovely. Are you selling prints of the image of snow and trees, by any chance?

kerrdelune said...

Lee, thanks for the kind words about my snowy "stuff". I shall look in my archive for the original of the snow and trees image - it was taken some time ago, but if I still have it, I shall play with it as a print and get back to you.