Just a Smidge of Color
As I blew the 18″ of snow that fell during the night, my mind started to wonder about all the white. You gotta understand I love living in snow, the white transforms the landscape into shapes, contours and mysterious forms setting the imagination on fire. And as I worked the snow, I was paying attention to what was catching my attention in the all-white world (besides Sadie who is always by my side playing in the new snow with such joy!). The answer was pretty obvious, once I stopped and thought about it. It was just a smidge of color!
I then came in from my three-hour fun outside and went to my files to see if my conclusion held true in my photographs. Now I have plenty of photographs where there is a smidge of white to set off the rest of the color in the scene. But with little effort, I found plenty of examples in my own files where just a smidge of color really set off the snowscape. In this case on a hoar frost morning in Fargo, ND a few years back, for just a moment the sun broke out and gave the slightest glow to the scene. And that small hint of color made a photograph that just minutes before and minutes later was solid gray. It’s such a little thing, so little that years and years and years in the snow and it just now reached my consciousness but I’m glad it did. I’ll look now a whole lot more for that smidge of color!