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Valley Views: Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors


Westbrook Road, Whately

Photograph and text by Dot Barnard of North Hatfield

The winter of 2012 was mostly a “no-show” and I, for one, didn’t mind at all. I didn’t miss shoveling paths for the oil delivery man or to my bird feeders. I didn’t miss shoveling the end of our driveway where the town plows had piled up the white stuff into hard mounds of ice. And I didn’t mind not having to uncover my car just so I can get to work.

But I did miss the beauty of the season. There’s something about falling snow that is so peaceful and quiet. If the snow is a little wet, it clings to anything in its falling path and transforms the ordinary into beauty that often disappears as soon as the morning sun makes an appearance.

Remembering all of the storms of 2011, I found this image taken early one February morning of that year. I remember the sun was coming up bright and warm. The trees were already starting to drip as the snow melted. I grabbed my camera, unburied my car and hurried to Westbrook Road so that I could capture the beauty of the season.

This image was captured with a digital SLR camera and a medium telephoto zoom lens set at wide angle.

Dot Barnard is affiliated with the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery, 2 East St., College Highway, Southampton. Other nature images are on view there Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m.

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