We’ve all experienced this. Early morning, you get up, taking care of Nature’s business and you look outside to see… nothing. Everything is white and no way to see a hand in front of your eyes. Well, maybe I exaggerate a little here, but you get the idea. My usual reaction to this phenomenon is to get back to bed. Sometimes, however, the opportunity is too good to pass up and I go outside instead.

A pair of deer

The last time this happened, my cat had woken me up, triggering nature’s calls and a serious invite to feed the furry animal. After that was taken care of, I looked outside and thought to myself: “Self, you should go outside and shoot some of this!”. So that’s what I did.

I think that getting dressed is the most difficult part at that time of the day. Taking care of the household business like breakfast, tea, coffee and other snacks can wait. Everyone is still asleep, except for the cat and me. Kitty is not going outside yet Smile, so off I am on the road, trying to find a unique spot to shoot this morning whiteness.

Fields of infinityFields of infinity

Sometimes I can get far enough away from the house to get to a really natural looking spot, like Birds Hill Park. Here the mist was still hanging low, while the city had already burned off all the moist. Other times, it was possible to get into Fort Whyte Alive before opening hours, mainly because some caretaker had already opened the gates. And had not bothered to close them way before official opening time.

Fallen on hard timesFallen on hard times

So there I was, shooting the morning mist with my camera, when suddenly someone behind me asked: “What are you doing here this early? Have you been here all night?”. To which I answered truthfully: “I’ve been since the gates were open this morning.” “But we are not open yet! You’re not a poacher, are you?” Ahem, it does look like poaching with a camera bag and a big camera in my hand, right? I showed him what I was after and he then left me alone, still mumbling that it was not possible I was in here already at that hour…

Deadly beautyDeadly beauty

All I was after were the spider webs. They were too beautiful to pass up on.

“Step into my parlour, the spider said”“Step into my parlour, the spider said”

And while I was shooting these webs, I heard other photographers not too far away trying to shoot some birds they hadn’t seen in ages, it seems. I think they were shooting Canada Geese on their way south…

Garbage dayGarbage day

Some time later, the mist was back in the morning and again I had the cat and nature to take care of. Same ritual: nature, cat, clothes, camera and out of the house. It was a bit of a pity that that specific day was garbage collection day in our neighbourhood, but I think I might be able to sell the above picture to the Winnipeg Waste Disposal company Open-mouthed smile.

No longer invisible threadsNo longer invisible threads

A little down the road is a small park. Usually this park has not much to offer in terms of nature or even shootable subjects, but this morning was different. Long grass had tiny drops of diamonds on them and in that early red sun of the morning it was too nice not to shoot.

Tiny needlesTiny needles

Under the careful protection of swarms of mosquitoes, this little grassy plant looked like tiny needles in the sunshine. I only took a few shots before security came swarming down on me to suck me dry of all my blood. But that didn’t scare me for long.

Gone to seed, covered in liquid diamondsGone to seed, covered in liquid diamonds

Next I found some tufts of grass that had successfully gone to seed. By that time the mosquitoes were there before me, but I still risked a shot before being escorted out of the park. Once I was back in the street, the mosquitoes were gone, as if to make certain I understood that this was their territory, and theirs alone.

I’ll be back there, one day. This simply goes to say that if you don’t get out when the pictures are at their best and for the taking, you won’t get them Smile.

Until next time…

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6 hours 46 minutes

Thanks :) !

9 hours 58 minutes

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

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

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

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

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

josie brendle
27 days 6 hours

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

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Henk Von Pickartz
28 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.