I love taking drives along quiet country roads, and one day near the end of March, 2013, the skies near Blue Knob Mountain, Claysburg, Pennsylvania, called me to grab my camera and come out to play. The weather at the end of winter can be such a tease, and as I drove I wasn't sure if I would be in for more snow, or if the sun would break through the clouds and spring would arrive at last. As I drove down one particular back road, I discovered an amazing pass tucked between the distant mountains that reminded me more of Colorado than the Laurel Highlands. The dormant or dead tree in front of me seemed to be waving goodbye to winter as the dirty patches of tired snow at its feet were the only remains of what had been a long, cold season. The wind waved back.
Spring and rebirth are always welcome, but I think there is beauty in all the seasons. There is also great beauty in their in-between stages, too, as they ebb and flow like an invisible tide upon the land.
For you camera techies out there, this image was captured with the Nikon D7000 and the 18-200mm vr Nikkor lens. A bit of standard editing in Photoshop included blending an HDR version created in Photomatix for the final image.
April 5th, 2015
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