To the complaint, “There are no people in these photographs”,
I respond, “There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.”
What a wise man. Ansel also said “Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment. ” I have a strange love for telephoto lenses, which provide a narrow view of a landscape.
The following two images were taken on a cold winter day in Grand Teton National Park. The pine trees were covered with white frost on one side, while the sun had melted the snow off the other side. I could not find an angle to put this into a picture.
Then, these smooth, round mounds caught my eye, reminding me why I like fresh snow so much. Like a soft blanket, smoothing out all edges, covering all wounds.
And a little ray of light, even in the midst of deep winter, finds a way to illuminate nature. The shadows may be cold and blue, but that little circle of light warms the heart.