After a few days of straight photos both here and in the blog, I decided to play a bit. I am not crazy about a lot of editing, but these seemed to enhance the buildings involved. The above is a white barn near us, that I photo about once a week because it changes so much with the light and weather.
Below is our house, and I was feeling both nostalgic and thinking about how it was to live in a log home in the "olde" days, so I "aged" the photo a bit.
Still not sure what I think, but fun to experiment!
I went on a stroll (actually more of a slog) through the woods and hills by our house today. My plan was to shoot winter scenes, but then I noticed the details. I found these pockets in the snow where the weeds and stems were peeking through and were framed by the ice around them. Very beautiful, and I am assuming fragile and fleeting.
Then there were the bursts of color that stood out in the stark monochrome of the winter landscape. The bittersweet and the sumac still hold their color against the ice and snow.
We finally had sun and some fun clouds, so my 20 minute run to town turned into a hour and a half! I found some good clouds, some new places, and one place I have been waiting to take a picture of when the weather was right.
I love the bottom right one - in black and white, it is hard to tell if it is snow or the desert!
Woke up to the sun coming through our Skylight and reflecting on some ice droplets. Thought they were pretty special!
Below is a bit more context.
I spent Saturday at the Milwaukee Museum of Art. To read about the Folk art exhibit I saw see my Blog post about it. But here are photos of the Museum. It is a complete work of art in and of itself.
It is a spectacular piece of architecture, designed by Santiago Calatrava, I am amazed at the gift the City of Milwaukee and its benefactors have given to the art world.
The entrance is spectacular, the lighting unfailing, and the space inspiring.
It is also an Art museum where it is immediately and comfortably evident it is meant for everyone. The two main exhibits were a Folk Art exhibit and the Wisconsin Scholastic Exhibit for High School students. Then came the permanent collection which is widely varied and wonderfully curated.
The cafeteria is also beautifully set on a bank of windows and we felt like we were dining al fresco, even on this winter's day.
Lest you think that the museum is all modern angles and white, here is a 360 degree look at the Layton Gallery; a magically room with the paintings displayed "salon style" to the ceiling. You could spent an entire day in just this room.
Another day of no sun, no shadows, no color.
It gets hard to take, but we will persevere! It is March - how much longer can this last!
This first one is out our porch this AM.
The two lower ones are from a side trip to Milwaukee today. The dog ran past while I was looking at the vast whiteness of Lake Michigan and the port of Milwaukee.
The other is the light house at the end of the breakwater in Milwaukee. It was a gray sky, white iced-over water, snow on the ground, and fine white snow falling.