Has this been the greyest month of the year? So it seems, but intermittent snow cover and several spectacular sunrises have brightened things up.
A sudden afternoon squall caught these birds – and their photographer – by surprise. One minute the sun was poking through and the next a swift cloud of snow was blowing across the beach.
Before the marshes were sealed in ice, fascinating and complex patterns formed just at the edges.
Late afternoon light across the lake is a beautiful sight and often a challenge to photograph.
These two swan photos are just about as different as day and night though they were taken less than two minutes apart. Above, a swan swam into a sunbeam as I pointed my camera almost directly at the light. Below, I waited as the swam swam by, then got a shot at about a 90 degree angle to the light.
Last but not least, late afternoon sunshine suits this local celebrity just as well.
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