Winter Beauty

Deep Run Park, Richmond, Virginia

To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson, Beauty in All Hours


I took this picture during one of my winter walks at our local park. The day was cool without many people walking (always a surprise around here). I love how the bare branches interplay with the evergreens and sky.

The great thing about walking – besides just getting some fresh air – is how it builds up my feet and ankles. I can stand longer in the kitchen to cook or to hike farther on my photography trips without pain.

When I get off path at this park, the ground is uneven with lots of gnarly roots. I’ve wrenched my foot and fallen a few times. It’s a good workout though and walking in the woods always makes the day better.

The picture started out as this:

My initial processing cropped the picture down and removed the bright red coat from the dock. Should I process this again, I think I’d leave that in next time.

The remaining processing was done in Topaz, with a finishing vignette and frame from onOne. The details are as follows:

7 Comments

  1. A wonderful picture depicting the natural beauty of the day. I love the quote. I do a lot more walking now that I have Dot and it’s true, my feet are much stronger now. We have discovered some parks to wander around, not as picturesque as the ones near you though.

    1. I agree with you. I’m not sure now why I thought it should be cloned out. . . although even in my other shots, I’ve been leaving people in more. I think the pictures look too sterile without them. Of course if the faces are recognizable, I have to do a slight blur.

  2. The strengthening from being outside, in the air, and tromping those uneven grounds is worth those few tumbles. Even a tumble can make you stronger. I hope those ankles weren’t damaged though. Loving seeing the world through your lens again.

    1. I appreciate the compliment. I’d really thought about deleting the post right after I’d posted it because the picture isn’t as graphic as I usually make them. So I’m glad to hear you liked it!

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