One of those great snowy days

It snows a good deal in Vermont and I try to get out in it as much as I can. But some days are better than others. I’m not sure why, it is always beautiful, and the scenery doesn’t change that much. Today was one of those great days. We didn’t get a ton of snow, maybe eight inches, but it was the beautiful kind. The wind wasn’t blowing and the temperature was in the low 20s, perfect conditions.

Wendy, one on my workshop clients was in town so she went out with me in the morning. I love getting out at sunrise but when it is snowing heavily there is no need to get up early. We headed out and I wanted to go shoot a barn owned by Kelly who works in my gallery. On the way there is a lovely little sugar shack where they boil sap to make maple syrup so I decided to swing past it and take a look. I’ve photographed and driven past the shack many times but today everything fell into place, the softly falling snow, the angle of light and as a bonus the green lichen on the trees was looking great. I shot it from many angles and I like one of the first shots I did.

We then went over to Kelly’s farm where she and her husband have a beautiful barn that was moved from New Hampshire before they bought the farm. She gave us a tour of the inside, which is great, and then turned us loose to shoot. The main barn and adjacent smaller building are painted the pure Vermont red, which was showing up great in the falling snow. Many visitors to my gallery ask why so many barns are painted red, so I did some research. It turns out to be pretty simple: in the old days it was the cheapest paint.

I had a lot of fun working the angles of the smaller barn against the big barn. The white trim jumped out and the streaking snow made for lots of fun shots.

Across the street in their field stands a large horse sculpture that Kelly bought for her husband as an anniversary present. I had seen it for quite a while before I knew Kelly and always tried to find a way to make cool picture of it. And, of course, today was the day. From up on the road looking down the hill and across the field, the snow made the rest of the world gray and white and the black, metal horse just stood out and some snow on its back didn’t hurt. I shot it tight, crazy loose and every way in between. I knew I didn’t want just the horse, I needed plenty of surroundings to give it context. 

And then while on the road, dodging the big snowplow, I saw a large maple tree with a smaller one on each side farther away. The snow was coming down pretty strong which isolated the trees from the background. It made for another fun shot to finish off a great morning of snow shooting.

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