Archive for January 3rd, 2011


1/3/2010: sculpted by the wind, revealed by the light

While we are looking at drifts….

Snow is an interesting medium for the wind to sculpt. Unlike sand, it has, when the temperatures are just right, some coherence of its own. It can and does assume shapes sand could never manage. This limits what the wind can do with it, but it also gives rise to classic curves, edges, and ledges…to undercuts and overhangs…to the closest thing to what water does with soft stone that wind can manage. The difference is, of course, that stone endures. These shapes are long melted to an undistinguished mound.

And then you have the shadows and light.

Canon SX20IS, 180mm equivalent, 1) f5 @ 1/1250th @ ISO 80. 2) f5@ 1/800th @ ISO 80. Snow Mode.

Processed for intensity and clarity in Lighroom.