Shortcuts, Missed Trails, Soft Light, Woody Scenes

Dear Diary,

I found a shortcut today, one of those little paths you notice but never take for some reason. We’ve lived here for three years and have, like most people in the neighborhood, taken advantage of easy access to a private golf course up a road a little. It’s surrounded by woods and dirt roads, and it’s a good place for the dogs to run. During the summer we stick to the woods, but in the winter after it snows it’s okay to walk on the greens. At least no one has said otherwise so far.

So this little path cuts between some houses and gets me to the golf course much sooner than my normal route, which means I can let the dog run sooner, better all around. I won’t turn this into a fortune cookie, but I should have looked down that damn path when I first saw it.

The light was soft, the air still, good for the woody scenes I like to photograph.

Here’s a shot just before finding the shortcut, which is to the right after the big tree.

As I approached the tree one crow flew off but the other braved it out…

Winter color is usually more subtle than summer color, but I like it.

A backlit leaf.

Red pines on the course.

One of my signature busy scenes.

Same scene, now with a hint of sun.

I like to find repeating lines, as with the swoop of the branches and the hill.

Goats on The Rocks

We’ve had some sunny, cold weather lately and the lake below Mendenhall Glacier is frozen enough to walk on (as long as you stay away from thin spots–two people fell in on Christmas). On the 26th I walked across the lake to a spot below a large rock peninsula. Surprisingly there have been mountain goats coming down low on the rock cliffs to feed, perhaps because of the low snowfall. I was able to get pretty close to these three…