Snow Covered Tree

[pictureframe image="http://www.jlauritsen.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/SnowTree.jpg" align="center" lightbox="true" title="Snow Covered Tree" link="" width="400" height="600"] I woke yesterday morning to find that it had snowed during the night and was in fact still snowing. Usually when I find that oh so cold white stuff on the ground, I grumble a bit, grab the shovel and sidewalk salt and begin the cleanup process... after I am finished walking the dog.

Twice a day for the last 4 years, with my dog at my side, I take the same walk; Once in the morning to start my day, and once in the evening, right before I climb into bed. This time, it was different. At some point during that cold walk, I peeked my eyes out from above my scarf and below my hat to see the world just a bit differently than usual.

Instead of grabbing the shovel when I returned, I went inside, grabbed my camera, tripod, and kissed my wife telling her I would be back.  With a smirk, my wife simply said "okay" and returned to her hot coffee. My dog followed me back onto the porch, but I guess he had enough walk the first time and stayed there awaiting my return.

I walked back to where that inspirational moment was, took a few photos, and began to continue my walk around the farm. Eventually I came upon this tree. The tree was nothing new to me. Though I usually payed more attention to it when it was in full bloom.  It's a Dogwood tree.

45 minutes later, I returned home, I took care of my usual snow duties, got some hot tea and downloaded the images.  That inspirational spot that caught my eye was far from inspiring when I viewed it on screen.  It wasn't what I saw.  My mind had removed parts, and created a scene that wasn't there in reality.

Luckily, I didn't just stop with that one area thinking I had the shot. Had I stopped with that inspirational spot, I never would have taken the photo of the tree.

Tech Info:  Canon 5d Mk II, 135mm, f/7.1, 1/60 second.
Black and white conversion using Nik Silver Effects Pro 2