I’m the only one out here and for good reason too. It is just so cold and the wind isn’t helping matters at all. My eyes peer through a narrow exposed slit formed by the bottom of my hat and the top of my scarf which covers most of my face. On a day like today it is good to have a purpose and I do. Each year I make my own set of holiday cards and mail them off to family and friends and I use the Falls of the Ohio to provide materials and context.
The snow changes things by generalizing the landscape. You need to be careful where you step out here since the snow gives you a false sense of security. All the old dangers are still out here…they are just harder to see. A misstep can cause you to fall or twist an ankle and it is slippery walking on top of this wood.
For me, however, all these miserable conditions are worth the moments of enchantment that occur. Every day objects take on a renewed visual interest and new compositions are created.
With the vegetation gone, this frayed barge cable shows up easily on the willow branches that have snagged it. The river deposited it long a go and it is finally falling apart. Next spring, strands of this rope will form parts of next year’s oriole nests. What I also find interesting here is how the wind, sand, and snow blow together to form a light drifting mixture.
Walking towards my outdoor studio site, I unexpectantly came across these tracks in the sand and snow. These were made by a very large bird and I thought Great Blue Heron or even Sandhill Crane? It’s unusual to see these bird tracks here since the herons in particular stay closer to the water’s edge.
The little dog traveling with me couldn’t resist seeing where the tracks led to. The sand and snow mixture may have exaggerated the true size of this bird. After a short walk the tracks end here.
I wonder if what is recorded here is a brief moment of indecision? First, the bird turns one way then another and then the tracks are gone. It may have jumped into the air from this spot since there are no other tracks in the immediate area.
I come across another nice snow/sand drift and start taking a few shots for my holiday cards. I had made this little Styro-snowman with a Blue Hat at home with Falls’ materials and brought him along. Here he is admiring the drift as he walks on one side of it. Each time I take a picture I need to take my glove off and before long my finger tips start to burn. The longer I’m out here…the more purposeful I become.
Reaching my familiar site, I find the large figures that watch my back. Other than the snow, more has changed here since my last visit. There’s a new figure leading the group like a skinny choir master. It’s getting harder to take a simple picture and I think the day is getting colder still. The camera is freezing and the batteries are getting zapped. Soon, I won’t be able to take pictures and I decide to turn around after about a half an hour’s walk. I did take one other picture for this post from my snow filled studio. It shows that indeed, milk crates can hold water…as long as it’s frozen. See previous posts a go. Time for some hot chocolate and heat!