A Photographer's Dreamland

by Laurie Madsen February. 03, 2019 515 views

I woke up early, in expectation of hoarfrost blanketing the land. I wanted to get out and take pictures early, in case the sun came out and melted it away.

Stepping outside was like stepping into a dream, everything was coated in thick spikey hoarfrost! I felt like a child again.

Just like magic, my world is laced in white! A macro heaven!

Flowering crab apples laced in hoarfrost

Flowering crab apples laced in hoarfrost

Excited about things that are normally too ordinary, I grabbed my camera and headed out to the yard to take a few close-ups.

I don't have a macro lens, so I put my 40-150mm 2.8 lens on and put my camera in macro mode (I've never tried that before).

Vines laced with hoarfrost, I like how it goes in and out of focus

Vines laced with hoarfrost, I like how it goes in and out of focus

And I am pleasantly surprised by the results.

I don't know what this is, but it reminds me of a ladder

I don't know what this is, but it reminds me of a ladder

Everywhere I turned there were pictures! Did I die and go to heaven?

Delicate Details

Delicate Details

I spent the morning captivated by beauty, taking pictures of frost before breakfast.

Reminiscent of blackberry brambles

Reminiscent of blackberry brambles

I never had so much fun taking pictures in our own yard.

Autumn Glory Sedum

Autumn Glory Sedum

Usually I hate pictures on overcast days, but hoarfrost brings it's own magical beauty to our bleak landscapes.

A Twisted Poplar Tree Laced in Hoarfrost

A Twisted Poplar Tree Laced in Hoarfrost

As I look through the lens, I can't help but marvel at the wonders of nature.

A Rogue Wildling Vine

A Rogue Wildling Vine

Everyday objects transformed overnight.

Heavy Hoarfrost

Heavy Hoarfrost

Some places it was really thick.

Even the Poplar Buds Were Transformed

Even the Poplar Buds Were Transformed

It's fun to take pleasure in the "simple things".

An Oak- I love the silhouette of the tree in background

An Oak- I love the silhouette of the tree in background

I think I should do it more often...

Cedar Tree Fronds

Cedar Tree Fronds

Some things were covered and others laced

Took my Breath Away

Took my Breath Away

The above scene was so beautiful, when I saw it, it stole my breath for a moment!

Cedar Tree Fronds

Cedar Tree Fronds

The cedar trees were intriguing

Cedar Fronds

Cedar Fronds

Flowering Crab

Flowering Crab

Rogue Wild Vines

Rogue Wild Vines

And the spruce and jack pines looked artificial from a distance

Pine trees looked like sprayed artificial christmas trees from a distance

Pine trees looked like sprayed artificial christmas trees from a distance

This leaves me speechless

This leaves me speechless

Now I remember why it's called Winter Wonderland...

Tag Elder Trees

Tag Elder Trees

Even the Tag Elders were beautiful!

Tips of a Cedar Frond

Tips of a Cedar Frond

Leaf Laced with Frost

Leaf Laced with Frost

Spruce Needles

Spruce Needles

Spruce Bearded in Hoar Frost

Spruce Bearded in Hoar Frost

If you enjoyed this, share it with someone who can't get out and about! I think of "shut-ins" every time I'm roaming freely- mesmerized by the beauty that surrounds us!

After lunch, I took my hubby for a ride to take pictures of scenic hoarfrost. I'll post some of my favorites next. Old barns, shacks etc surrounded by hoarfrost.

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Kevin Wenning 2 years, 7 months ago

That macro setup worked pretty well. I like the frames where you're tight on a small element like a leaf or a twig.

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Kevin Wenning 2 years, 7 months ago

Kevin,
I was pleasantly surprised! Even stunned. Usually the in camera magnification doesn't render good results.
I quickly tested it on some snowflakes on a blue tote cover. They were melting as fast as they were landing. I was thoroughly impressed that I got the SIZE of many snowflakes without cropping. (usually I have to crop into the frame to find 1 snowflake that I can make visible without a macro lens)!

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Kevin Wenning 2 years, 7 months ago

I posted a couple of pictures of the snowflakes using same setup, if you are interested in seeing the performance on that test.

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Sheree Meader 2 years, 7 months ago

smileWow!  Thanks for bringing this amazing beauty into the warmth of my home! I love how EVERYTHING is transformed into a thing of beauty and wonder!

Sheree

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Sheree Meader 2 years, 7 months ago

Thanks Sheree! Me too...
You should have seen my eyes of wonder gazing at the glory of god in his creation. Total awe!
You will really LOVE the scenery ones I am getting ready to post (I posted one panorama yesterday)
Hoarfrost EVERYWHERE!

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Russell Smith 2 years, 7 months ago

#1 I love this image .

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Russell Smith 2 years, 7 months ago

Thanks Russ!
Having the pop of color always helps!

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Randy Madsen 2 years, 7 months ago

wow very nice

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Randy Madsen 2 years, 7 months ago

Thank you Randy- it was FUN!

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Bill Baird 2 years, 7 months ago

Beautiful !!

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Bill Baird 2 years, 7 months ago

Thanks Bill!
After I shot these photos, I took hubby out for a scenic drive.
I'll post my favorite frosty landscapes later today. 
It was magical....

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Vivienne Albiston 2 years, 7 months ago

Magical, our cold spell seems to have passed now, I`m waiting for the next one..

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Vivienne Albiston 2 years, 7 months ago

Thank yoiu!
Yes, Magical...
We went out on a scenic drive after these photos to take landscape pictures of the frost
Truly a winter wonderland!
I will post my favorites later today.
Hope you get a chance to capture some on your next magical frosty day!

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 7 months ago

Beautiful set! Thanks for sharing such stunning pictures. I would be full of fear to become a large lump of ice (including my camera) with some nice spiky patterns around nose and lens!

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 7 months ago

Thanks Sigrid-
Fortunately the hoarfrost shows up in balmier weather!
I spent the whole day outside and didn't get cold.
We took a scenic drive and shot landscape photos of the frost
It was purely magical!
I am going to post my favorites later today...

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Björn Roose 2 years, 7 months ago

Great series, Laurie !

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Björn Roose 2 years, 7 months ago

Thanks Bjorn- it was so fun!
I took hubby out for a scenic drive afterwards to take landscape shots-
a true winter wonderland!
I will post my favorites later today!

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
David Swatton 2 years, 7 months ago

Beautiful set - #13's a winner.

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to David Swatton 2 years, 7 months ago

Thanks, I agree-it was breathtaking!

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab 2 years, 7 months ago

And you have captured the beauty that surrounds us, if only we would open our eyes. Beautiful captures!

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 7 months ago

Thanks Camellia!
I think photography is an ongoing lesson to the "Art of Seeing"!

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Bethany Plonski 2 years, 7 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! I've never seen hoarfrost except in pictures, so glad you shared these. I think the oak leaves are my favorite, the pop of color there is perfect. #15 and #9 actually remind me of cacti because of the points on the frost!

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Bethany Plonski 2 years, 7 months ago

Thanks for your comments!
I enjoy feedback!
I love the oak leaves because of the silhouette of the tree behind them, turned out neat.
Not many leaves around this time of year, so that was a treat!
Tomorrow I will post pics from this afternoon outing, old barns surrounded by frost, etc.

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Bethany Plonski Replied to Laurie Madsen 2 years, 7 months ago

Yep, the tree behind them really anchors the whole image. Love it! And looking forward to seeing more from your winter wonderland!

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Bethany Plonski 2 years, 7 months ago

Thanks Bethany.

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