get my drift?

February 22, 2019  •  5 Comments

After reading comments on Facebook last week, (probably from non-skiers and non-snow boarders or those lacking enthusiasm for winter), expressing readiness for spring by writing "enough already", I said to myself I would not do any more blogs featuring snow and other winter subjects this season.  So much for that.  After the last substantial snow we received, I was compelled by the beauty of the drifting snow to do more winter photography.  When presented gifts from nature, I gratefully accept them.  Today, they are drifts.

The effects of wind are everywhere on Earth.  Wind and water work every day - shaping, molding, building up, tearing down, and otherwise leaving their marks.  Here are some that I found after the high mesa and points west, including Chama, received a healthy dump of snow.  After the storm exited east, and the sun was no longer obscured by an overcast sky, I got out for a couple of different shoots among the drifts.  There is a black and white feel to this image, despite the fact that it is shot in color mode.

Drift 1Drift 1  


Wind whipped around a sandstone upright to make graceful drifts in the two photographs below.

Drift 2Drift 2

Drift 3Drift 3


A humble garden pot required the wind to deposit snow in an almost perfectly straight line.

Drift 4Drift 4


 I have always loved "The Great Wave off Kanagawa", a woodblock by Katsushika Hokusai.  It inspired me to take this snow wave and give it a computer tint with selenium.  

Drift 5 Blue waveDrift 5 Blue wave

until next Monday,


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Wayne Gesterfield(non-registered)
So nice. I love the gracefulness of snow drifts.
They are like a Japanese painting. Soft and soothing.
Catherine Sobredo(non-registered)
The comments I read from tired snow shovelers, which by the way, made me chuckle, did not override my appreciation of your tenacity and beautiful snow images!
Thank you for this drifty, wintry blog. I enjoyed shoveling snow (crazy) and snowshoeing.
Steve Immel(non-registered)
Nice abstracts you've found in the snowy reaches of the mesa and beyond. I'm always surprised at the stories you tell each week. The snow furls and curls and drift softly, none like the other. It has been a winter wonderland and as much as I marvel at it I look forward to spring.
John C(non-registered)
Nice images but yes I am ready for warmer weather...
I was shoveling drifts off my walk about 4 times the other day...the wind was just relentless!
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