Blind Squirrel Gets a Nut

by Melinda J Johnson February. 15, 2019 490 views
Wyoming Snowflakes in January  (1)

Wyoming Snowflakes in January (1)

I was experiencing a typical day in the life of a Boymom when these flakes started falling. My hours had been thoroughly packed with barely-managed chaos from the start, and despite my best efforts, I was still missing one Tae Kwon Do belt, and a $400 pair of prescription glasses that insurance wouldn’t cover.

The flakes started falling, and I recognized them. ‘The miracle flakes… the ones that manage to make it all the way down to our level from 10,000 feet up in the sky, intact, and each one unique from any other that will ever be created.

I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try my hand at snowflake macro photography.

The clock told me I had ten minutes before I had to leave for school. What’s the chance I could find all “the stuff”, and fudge my way through the fastest wing-it shoot imaginable, in less than ten minutes? There was no way this was going to work, but my heart needed it, so off I ran, tripping over Nerf Darts all the way.

Did I mention that I live in Wyoming? The wind was rocking me back and forth during my remaining two-minute photoshoot (after losing eight minutes to the stuff-finding). I was forced to squat like a master contortionist over a random black winter neck muff, which also kept moving in the wind. Undeterred, I marveled at the little crystal wonders through my lens, firing off handheld shots as fast as I could. I also prayed. (It was worth a try. He really does care about our “details”.) Those two minutes were bliss in my day. Photog Therapy. I knew I wouldn’t capture what I was aiming for, but it was fun regardless.

This NEVER should have worked, but as my husband likes to say, “Even a blind squirrel gets a nut sometimes.”

Seeing these images for the first time brought me a second round of indescribably joy, and they continue to do so every time I return to them. I know I didn’t earn them. I did everything wrong. The only thing I did right was pause to appreciate the wonder. (Being me, that involves a camera.)

I don’t know about you, but that’s what keeps me pushing that shutter… and stubbornly lugging the giant camera bag around, in addition to everything else required for Boymomming. (Yesterday, I dug in that camera bag and pulled out a rubber ninja throwing-star, and a 1.84 pound glob of hardened clay, source unknown. ‘Not kidding. I weighed it on a kitchen scale… but, I digress.) As a result, these specific snowflakes, which will never be repeated in existence, can now be enjoyed indefinitely. You just never know.

I do know one thing. You may be the only one available in a particular place and time to capture a little wonder that the rest of us will never experience if you don’t try. Please try!

Wyoming Snowflakes in January  (2)

Wyoming Snowflakes in January (2)

Wyoming Snowflakes in January  (3)

Wyoming Snowflakes in January (3)

Wyoming Snowflakes in January  (4)

Wyoming Snowflakes in January (4)

Wyoming Snowflakes in January  (5)

Wyoming Snowflakes in January (5)

Wyoming Snowflakes in January  (6)

Wyoming Snowflakes in January (6)

Wyoming Snowflakes in January  (7)

Wyoming Snowflakes in January (7)

Wyoming Snowflakes in January  (8)

Wyoming Snowflakes in January (8)

Wyoming Snowflakes in January  (9)

Wyoming Snowflakes in January (9)

Wyoming Snowflakes in January  (10)

Wyoming Snowflakes in January (10)

(I suspect I’m not the only one who has found remarkably odd things in their camera bag, source known or unknown. It would be fun to hear some of your examples in the comments!)


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Lukáš Trenda 6 months, 1 week ago

#1this is something great! Perfect work!

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Vivienne Albiston 9 months, 3 weeks ago

sometimes you get gems and its lovely to see these.

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Melinda J Johnson Replied to Vivienne Albiston 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks, Vivienne!

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Andi Saw 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Amazing! blue heart

9 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Melinda J Johnson Replied to Andi Saw 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you, Andi!

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Heidi Egerman 9 months, 4 weeks ago

I LOVE these images and loved your post. I so look forward to following you. I used to live in Montana (Big Sky Country) and now live in Idaho (land of the potato). You are a great writer as well.  Enjoy the winter.

9 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Melinda J Johnson Replied to Heidi Egerman 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Thank you, Heidi!  Your words mean so much.  
('And your valediction was perfect!  I am one of those oddities that moved north intentionally for the love of winter.)

9 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Laurie Madsen 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Wonderful!
Thanks for sharing a wonderful story and your amazing results!

9 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Melinda J Johnson Replied to Laurie Madsen 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Thanks, Laurie.

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Melinda J Johnson 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Well deserved!
PS: I can relate to your story!

9 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Can G 9 months, 4 weeks ago

I especially dig #1 and #2. Your choice of B&W conversion was a good one +1

9 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Melinda J Johnson Replied to Can G 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Thank you!  I actually didn't convert some of them.  The scarf, and my coat sleeve on two images, were black and the flakes white.  (My inconsistency on that decision is a direct reflection of my wonderfully chaotic life!)

Numbers 1 and 2 are also my favorites.  I did love how the growth on flake #5 had mutated and spread out across three different planes, but capturing that depth of field on a macro is currently beyond my capabilities.

9 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Björn Roose 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Great photos. Those certainly are not a mess smile

9 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Melinda J Johnson Replied to Björn Roose 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Thank you!  I sincerely don't know how these worked out, considering that I, and the scarf in the background, were in a continual state of motion.  My memory will always include the greater "mess", but thankfully much of the flake detail came through.  (Be glad we don't live the world of Harry Potter, where all the photographs capture motion!  I'd have you all nauseous by now.)

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