Wednesday, January 5, 2011

monochromatic chill

frosty grass

Over the holidays I was visiting my family in Canada where the temperatures were sub-zero, and I realized how radically my blood has thinned since I moved to Northern California 15 years ago. Back in California, although not sub-zero, it has definitely been chilly enough for mittens and scarves, and the grass is crunchy with frost every morning.  Anyone suffering through a snowy winter will have no sympathy whatsoever, but I assure you the discomfort of kneeling on frosty grass to capture my monochromatic shot today was very difficult.  Oh so hard.

But the landscape in Jennifée's shot wins the frosty prize.  Taken with her cellphone (really!) from a train window between Lillehammer and Gardermoen on Christmas Day, it channels The Polar Express.  Simply stunning.  Although even looking at it makes me want to wrap myself in a blanket with a mug of hot cocoa.  It's amazing to me the stories that can be told even with subtle variations of tone and colour.  

cheers,
mosey of mosey along

Cold
cold by jennifée

15 comments:

justine said...

absolutely brilliant shot.

jennifée said...

Oh, thank you so much for featuring my image mosey; this was such a great surprise to wake up to, and totally made my day. And what an awesome frost photo you have there; I love how the shallow depth of field gives the appearance of a ray of light shining on the grass.

Simply Stated ~ Rebecca said...

Fabulous!

Anika said...

Beautiful photos, nice light in both images. I love that bottom one,brrrr....

Anna said...

Winter is full of monochromatic beauty. Lovely images!

Marty said...

I adore winter pictures because in the nw corner of Florida we don't get much of one...at least not ones that present much of a photo op :-)
But these two are just gorgeous!

Oliag said...

Winter just seems monochromatic all the time... And I do feel for you kneeling in that frosty grass!

Rosie said...

What gorgeous shots - so fantastic!

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

Love looking at all the winter photos from sunny Florida. No frost here, thankfully.

Jamie said...

Gorgeous - I can't BELIEVE it was taken with a cell phone

Krista said...

These pictures are both gorgeous!

urban muser said...

beautiful!

Jen said...

wow! gorgeous!

mae said...

both photos are so amazing! i can't believe jennifee's photo was taken with a cell phone. i'm sure *my* cell phone doesn't do that! this inspires me to not be afraid of the bitter cold , that there is beauty to be found out there. brr!

Kirstin said...

Those frosted tones are perfect!

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