During the heart winter of winter you will find thousands of ice fishing houses on Mille Lacs Lake in central Minnesota and on a hot summer afternoon countless numbers of boats will be crisscrossing the lake with people enjoying all kinds of water activities. This is neither winter nor summer it’s spring a time of transition and around the lake the snow is gone and the grass is starting to turn green but the ice holds on not wanting to give up. In this time of passage from one season to the next there is a calmness to the vast lake, with no people around it has a strange emptiness and lonely feeling. Without the clutter of activity the simple pattern of the melting ice and a grey sky provided me with a unique perspective of the lake not found at other times of the year.
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In a busy scene like a meadow of new spring grass, using a shallow depth-of-field can be helpful in isolating your subject and adding a dream like feeling to your photo. Study the photo and then close your eyes and see if you can put yourself into the meadow. Can you smell the fresh grass and and feel the warmth of the sun on your face. God has created each season so unique and wonderful, soon the snow of winter will be gone and the fresh new beginning of life in the wilderness will start with spring.
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Lightning from late summer thunderstorms sparked numerous wildfires in western Montana last year. The smoke and haze from a nearby fire settled into the Gallatin River valley on a warm August day and helped give depth to the photo. Wildfires are a natural part of God’s creation, as much of the forest is regenerated after a fire.
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The cool spray from the water as it cascaded down the falls was refreshing on this warm summer day. A tripod is a must for a photo like this. Capturing the water at a slow shutter speed is a great way to show movement and you can’t be afraid of getting a little wet in the process.
“Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.””
As I stand here looking across this snow covered lake in northern Minnesota I begin to realize how quiet it is. The air is calm, there are no sounds of cars or airplanes. Just the sound of my snowshoes as I walk through the deep late winter snow in the stillness of the north woods. In this white world around me my eyes are drawn to the pattern and texture of the birch trees on the far shore. The white trees stand out against the dark woods behind them. I am constantly amazed at the beauty and creativity God shows us in his creation, even in this cold bleak time of winter.