If you ask most people their favorite seasons, they will most commonly rate Spring, Summer or Fall as their favorites, and Winter only if they are avid Winter sports people. For me, as regards photography, I'll take Fall and Winter. Fall should be obvious if you look through my images. I love Fall colors and if combined with moving water, I am in heaven. I'll drive over 200 miles for a day with the main purpose being just to photograph Autumn color reflections in water. I look forward to peak colors with the same or greater sense of anticipation of a deer hunter awaiting gun deer season. This year I felt sad that I was missing my favorite peak weekend of "up North" peak colors because of attending Parents' Weekend at U of Nebraska...and then I felt guilty for feeling sad about it. All that angst was soon forgotten when I realized that Fall colors were late this year and I immediately scheduled a long weekend for the Porcupine Mountains of Michigan for the following weekend. I was rewarded by some amazing colors and wonderful weather and recorded some of my best images.
Winter is next on my list of favorite seasons. Snow, ice, hoar frost, ice storms and steaming water make up some of the visual wonders Winter presents to us. I would probably miss all that beauty if I didn't have a goal of recording the best photographic images that I can. Once outdoors in Winter, I am always glad I made the effort to be there and have the opportunity to show others what they are missing. Photography gets me out in nature when my soul needs it the most. As a bonus, winter photographs almost always have a lot of white or lighter tones. Since our houses are not illuminated like art galleries, tending on the dark side, Winter photographs should be more appealing for home decor than they are. Unfortunately, that is not the case, having heard from more than one gallery owner that only about 1 in 100 prints framed are of Winter subjects. Oh well, popular or not, I'm going to continue to explore the visual treats Winter offers us.