Monday, March 21, 2011

A Meditation on the Passing of Winter

Capitol Hill Christmas Tree

In Washington DC, we are finally getting to the point when temperatures in the mid 50’s (F) can be expected along with a bit more warming as each week passes.  As this welcome transition takes place, I thought it would be a good time for a short meditation on the passing of winter.

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These photographs were all taken on Capitol Hill in Washington DC during the second week of January.  January is not the best time for DC.  It is cold (particularly cold this year), the trees are barren, and the first couple of weeks mark the time when people toss their dead Christmas trees to the curb for disposal.  Add a bit of slushy, melting snow, and the starkness of short January days is complete.

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Processing the photographs as black and white, the sight of dejected, used, dead Christmas trees and half melted snow conspire to evoke an emotion I commonly associate with January. 

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I have about 50 photographs in this “Meditation on the Passing of Winter” collection which all work well together as a group.  Enjoy the rest of the photographs, and hopefully you can make this your last thought of winter for this year.

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Have fun, and go make some great photography.


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