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The skylights are covered with snow, creating a dim, twilight mood in the living room. A fire crackes in the grate and Greg Maroney’s exquisite piano solo drifts down from the speakers in the loft. While the rest of the world goes about the business of life, the mood in my corner of New Hampshire is soft and silent.

I was inspired by my friend, Alan‘s blog post this morning which was all black and white photography. I used to shoot only B&W and had a darkroom where ever I was in the world. It has been years since I thought about looking at the world through that lens. A good snow storm is the perfect time for shooting with this focus.


Black and White or color? Doesn’t seem to make a huge difference…


Snow Donuts!


I left this one as a color shot but it doesn’t seem very colorful

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I will now take my lunch break, curled up near the fire with a good book, Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. You’ve got to love snow days! Time to play, time to reflect. Time  to try on new things. Here’s to expanding your horizons!

13 comments on “The Storm Mood

  1. Chris F says:

    So with this much snow, what happens with your bees? Do you have to break a trail to the hive and brush the snow off it? I know you feed them.


    1. Hi Chris, Thought I had replied but it is not showing up. I don’t feed the bees in winter. Last fall I left them all the honey so they would have stores for the winter. I did go out yesterday to check the opening. They need to get out when it is sunny for “cleansing flights” and to clear the dead bodies. There were a few dead bees near the entrance but a lovely hum was coming from within so I am hoping they are staying warm and dry.


  2. Touring NH says:

    Wonderful b/w images. Hope you are staying warm and comfy! A mug of hot cocoa with a shot of cognac, mmmm perfect!


  3. thanks Laura. Shooting Black and white with digital was harder than I thought. Not sure I’m totally pleased with the results. The gray scale looked weak.


  4. Winter is perfect for a black and white photographer, I would think. I’m a little nervous about taking black and white photos in the summer and fall, but I’m going to give it a go. We can all learn a lot from each other’s failures as well as our successes, I think.


    1. Agreed, we can “share the love” when it comes to learning from each other’s experiences. I would like to start shooting more b/w and see how my perspective changes. Thanks!


  5. I love black and white photography. Dramatic, elegant and the textures are so interesting. The last chair is so stark against the fluff – like the snow is encouraging the chair to sit and stay just by its’ bulk.
    The bundle of sticks and the other chair shots would be my other picks.
    Nicely done (stay warm…brrrr here, but more drizzle with ice…not as pretty a picture)


    1. Stark is the word of the day in this season of black and white!


  6. mariekeates says:

    Love the B&W. photos. I’m especially fond of the first snowy chair for some reason. I miss the snow


    1. I love the snow but hate to have to move it. I keep hoping it will have melted by the second day and I won’t have to break out the shovel.


      1. mariekeates says:

        Good exercise though 🙂


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