Reed-Turner Woodland Photographic Project - Winter
The light of winter can be harsh. The dark browns of the denuded forest stand in stark contrast against a seemingly colorless layer of snow. And without the canopy of leaves to diffuse the sunlight, the linear shadows of the trees stretch across the frozen ground like stripes on a zebra.

Yet as barren as the winter can be, this is one of my favorite seasons to photograph. The preserve has visually opened up. The obstructions to seeing deep within the woods are gone. Patterns within the landscape, once hidden behind a veil of leaves and brush, now lie exposed to the lens of my camera.

My eyes tend to view objects in relative terms. In other words, the colors in winter appear dull and almost non-existent compared to the brilliance of the other seasons. Sometimes, it is not until I view my winter photographs on a screen that I begin to see the vast array of deep greens and rusty reds. Moss on the trunks of trees, oak leaves still clinging to a branch and the subtle but distinct blue that seems to emanate from within snow.
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