One Man's Paradise

On reality – № 6

“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”

John Lennon

May keeps giving. Calm days, plenty of sunshine, spring colors. 15 hours of daylight, not enough time to capture it all.

Traveling along the South Klondike Highway I came across this intriguing reflection in Tutshi (too-shy) Lake. It reminds me of paintings by Emil Nolde.


Vierwaldstätter See. Um 1930

One Man's Paradise

A word from the master

To the complaint, “There are no people in these photographs”,

I respond, “There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.”

Ansel Adams

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.