Here in Germany, we’ve had more snow and wind in the last couple weeks than we have all season. But Spring is almost here! I guess that’s what they mean when they say March comes “in like a lion, out like a lamb”. One recent morning I set out to capture the last lovely details of the snowy, late winter world.
Late Winter Beauty
I woke up early and dressed in layers. It was probably one of the coldest days of the winter, though coming from Alaska, I have a different appreciation of that phrase! I didn’t have to go far before reaching the beautiful Schloss Rimburg, a castle property dating back to the thirteenth century.
The moat was mostly frozen, and a small section of free water was inhabited by two swans and a pair of coots. Breathing invited a brisk and welcome awakeness into my body. I tried to shelter my camera from the chill by opening my jacket and pressing it against my body. Walking through the private wooded area, I felt blessed and whole and vital.
Green life about to thrive, suspended in a frosty time capsule awaiting spring. Aged brick. Secret, forgotten places. Alone amongst this quiet world, I felt like I was part of the magical narrative whispered to no one by the wind.
Practicing for a Prime Lens
I’ve already decided that the next lens I get for my Nikon D5300 will be the AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G. Whew! What a mouthful. It will be my first prime lens, meaning it won’t be able to zoom.
In order to get a feel for what it will be like to use the 50mm prime lens, I decided to keep my 18-55mm lens zoomed to 50mm. It’s amazing what a different experience it is to have to use your feet to zoom! Physically moving through space really made me feel more connected to what I was shooting. Putting in the extra effort made a big difference in how “in the moment” I felt.
When I finally slipped into my house, my cheeks and toes were stinging and my camera’s battery was dead. My morning coffee tasted absolutely divine, its warmth heating me from the inside out. I felt centered, peaceful, and connected to the natural world.
Happy late winter, everybody.
Psst! Love meditating on nature photography? Check out these cactus portraits for more of a summery vibe!