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Horseshoe Crabs in the snow

I headed out today to do some photos, basically following my nose. I hoped to see one of the Snowy Owls that have made it down to Delaware this year and stayed generally off Rt 1 in the beachy areas. I ended up going to Slaughter Beach because I could and got out to see what was up. There were practically no clouds in the sky when I started and by the time I was done it had started to cloud over. Anyways, I got these three photos I liked.  It struck me as strange/cool for these long dead crabs to be back in the water again, albeit frozen.

It struck me it looked like the crab was going upstream against a current that was pushing back the grass too

It struck me it looked like the crab was going upstream against a current that was pushing back the grass too

I liked how some were in and some were out of the snow

I liked how some were in and some were out of the snow

Here they are, frozen in time, a male and female crab in their mating ritual. The male is much smaller than the female in life and in death.

Here they are, frozen in time, a male and female crab in their mating ritual. The male is much smaller than the female in life and in death.

 

Snow in the Countryside

I live a little west of Dover, Delaware in an agricultural area. I like doing photos of an old barn that is on the way to my home, especially after seeing a photo of it done in the early 1900s. I’ve been interested in doing photos of old places in the weather, like the old delta church in the rain. It’s been snowing here off and on and pretty cold, at least for Delaware. When I saw the solid snow coming down today, I rushed out to do photos of this barn again. I can’t decide which I like better, the black and white, or the color version of the barn. The black and white might be more timeless, and the color gives the pop of red. I like to get red into photos whenever I can.  What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Barn on Hazletville Road

Here is the barn in question

Loved the red that shone through the low contrast of the snow

Loved the red that shone through the low contrast of the snow

 

While I was out, I wanted to see how the Amish farms in the area looked in the snow. The snow was fading, so I went for a shot of the lone tree, following my old rule of always shooting lone trees. This one has the fence too. That might be a metaphor for trapping nature, but I’ll let you decide. I liked the shapes better in black and white, with some grain added to look like film. With a lone subject in the snow, it shows how nature weathers all the seasons, without complaint. Some might say they wish I could learn the same thing, as I’m generally not a fan of snow. That’s not totally true. If I could stay inside and not have to worry about cleaning it up enough to get out of the driveway it’s certainly pretty.

Always shoot lone trees!

Always shoot lone trees!