… colour. By now you may have noticed that the temperatures here in Winnipeg are not really bikini friendly. For photographers that may pose a problem. Not only are the bikinis in short supply, colour is also mostly gone from our pictures.

Winter colour

I started to look for some colourful subjects in this “terrible” time. Here is what I have come up with so far…

I am not a bikini photographer, let’s make that clear from the start Hot smile… But I do like colours. Winter has robbed us of much colour in nature. Where usually you find green, red and yellow, now it’s bark brown, grey and white. Mostly white.

So I tried to find some spots with colour, just to stick out my tongue to Father Winter.

The first idea is to stay inside and shoot the botanical gardens, the pets and for lack of the latter, the kitchen cutlery.

Plants I remember from my childhoodPlants I remember from my childhood

The tropical house of the Conservatory in the Assiniboine Park, ok, I can live with that. But the cutlery and other objects? No, I’d rather freeze a bit and have some real original pictures.

First take: the animals. They are cold and hungry. One important thing to know is that nobody works for nothing. Even the squirrels want something. It’s always a good idea to have some nuts, seeds or other food with you, without lugging around kilos of the stuff.

Peanuts! A good day!Peanuts! Yippee! A good day!

The peanuts were tasty and gone in a few minutes. This squirrel thanked me with a few nice poses and then went back home.

This squirrel in Munson Park, however did not come down to collect the goodies. I left them in place in case she wanted some later. I hope she does.

Too wary to come down for peanutsToo wary to come down for peanuts

Apparently this is the same squirrel that I caught a few weeks back, before the snow came. She was collecting old leaves. Perhaps the same leaves you can see in this picture.

But then… the animals are cold and prefer to stay in their nests, holes or wherever they stay in winter. I can’t blame them.

The next colourful pictures are from around my house, no animals in sight.

A splash of colour amidst the hoarfrostA splash of colour amidst the hoarfrost

Hoarfrost is always a good subject, colour or not. The tiny crystals reflect all the light they get, leaving glistening surfaces and leaves. Ideal for a picture.

The Esplanade Riel, a burning arrow pointing upwardThe Esplanade Riel, a burning arrow pointing upward

The Esplanade Riel is always a good place to fall back on if there are no other pictures around. In the sunset, this bridge turns to fire, a sight everyone should try to see at least once a year.

The English Garden in the Assiniboine Park is cool and quiet nowadays, mostly very cool. Many of the birds and other animals are gone, leaving only the trees and the remnants of the plants for us, poor photographers.

A tree with splashing berriesA tree with splashing berries

In the English Garden, some trees still have their berries. I guess it is their way to greet the spring, once it arrives. A picture mostly devoid of colour, with a few red splashes. Nice.

Smaller bushes also keep their berries, and thus also qualify for this colour-picture hunt.

Tiny berriesTiny berries

Although these berries look big, in reality they are rather small and you have to look carefully if you want to find them. I guess the birds will find them easily, when time comes.

In Search for the Lost Colour.

If you search well enough, there is still lots of colour around you. Om (a-umm)…

Want to leave a comment?

1000 Characters left


Henk
8 days 11 hours

Thanks :) !

sursohog
8 days 14 hours

---Very nice Blog Henk - some nice shots there...-:)

Henk
13 days 8 hours

Presets can speed up your workflow a lot, provided you have plenty of the same type of pictures. People doing weddings will a ...

Henk
13 days 8 hours

Hi, I hadn't noticed that the typing colour was that dark... changed it to pure white, that should do it ... Henk

'Dan..
13 days 10 hours

I certainly agree the use of presets will discourage people learning their own methods but they can offer a shortcut to fulfi ...

Henk
1 month 3 days

Well, I was told so by a "pro" that later recanted... :-) I removed the name, so at least it is now correct.

josie brendle
1 month 4 days

nice blog but sorry the horses are not Clydesdales. Those are a little bigger. :)

Henk
1 month 5 days

Test comment here

Henk Von Pickartz
1 month 5 days

This is a comment. I will see if this works or if this will be taken over by spammers. If so, then I will take it down again.