Morning photo: (Almost) monochrome

Icy shores and thistles …

Portrait of a thistle in winter: "He wore his passion for his woman like a thorny crown."
Portrait of a thistle in winter: For some reason this flower makes me think of Paul Simon’s l;ip-slidin’ away: “He wore his passion for his woman like a thorny crown.”

FRISCO — As much as I’ve been looking forward to photographing snow, it’s still a bit of a shock to go outside at 7 a.m. into single-digit temps. But the dogs must be walked, so Monday, I headed over to one of my favorite shoreline trails for a quick stroll. I couldn’t find my thin glove liners, so I decided to leave the DSLR at home and just use the iPhone. At first it looked a little desolate and barren; stumps from the clearcutting jutting through the snow, scraggly grass … but once I let my eyes wander, I found some pleasing subjects, including a stand of dried thistles that were just begging to have their picture taken. It turns out that the thistles were about the only bit of color in a monochromatic landscape.

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The icy shore of Dillon Reservoir near the Blue River inlet.
I love the way winter swallows up color sometimes, on those snowy, overcast mornings when the world seems to be cast in black and white.
A dried thistle flower is a spot of color against a monochromatic background.
A stump on the shore of Dillon Reservoir wears an icy hat.
Icy shore still life.
The lights of Frisco twinkle over the snow-covered sage and willows.









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