Taking What is Given

Yesterday, we received about 10 inches of snow. After shoveling a path for the dog, I announced to my wife that I wanted to go make some images. She thought I was going to walk into the woods behind our house. Umm… no, I had other plans. So against her better judgement, I got in my car and headed to a couple of favorite places. It was wonderful!  I love the silence when its snowing.  I love the simplicity it brings. I loved being out, alone, drinking in the beauty of what mother nature had just given me. It was great fun. I feel renewed!  Here are a few from the shoot. Oh, at the mill, yup, there was another photographer. We laughed, and then I went to 5 guys for lunch. I was the only one there, their first customer…. thats how bad the roads were. Sorry hun, but it was fun!

Am I ready for spring? You bet, but I’m not going to pass up the gift that was given yesterday just because I was bummed we were getting snow!










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  1. Paul S Bartholomew March 6, 2015 at 8:10 am #

    Great images! I was thinking of heading out for photos at the mill too ….. but was lazy. Maybe I’ll go later today.

    • JB March 6, 2015 at 8:25 am #

      Paul, want to meet over there later today???

  2. Susan S. March 6, 2015 at 8:31 am #

    The sentiments as lovely as the images.

    • JB March 6, 2015 at 8:33 am #

      Thank you Susan.

  3. Mark Keating March 6, 2015 at 8:32 am #

    Very nice John, thanks for sharing. If you’re still loving winter venture my way (Manitoba) – it was -25F yesterday morning 🙂

    • JB March 6, 2015 at 8:33 am #


  4. Jeanne Lesperance March 6, 2015 at 8:54 am #

    Wonderful images!

    • JB March 6, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

      Thank you Jeanne!

  5. Alice Olive March 6, 2015 at 9:01 am #

    These are absolutely beautiful and I can hear that silence. Thank you for sharing.

    • JB March 6, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

      Thank you Alice.

  6. Theresa Hafycz March 6, 2015 at 9:04 am #


    • JB March 6, 2015 at 9:13 am #

      Thank you Theresa

  7. Rich Lewis March 6, 2015 at 9:12 am #

    That mill is one of my favorite Bucks County places. Nice to see that you got to it in the snow to give that old John Barclay charm.

    • JB March 6, 2015 at 9:13 am #

      Thank you Rich.

  8. Flint Sparks March 6, 2015 at 9:16 am #

    I love these images. Not only are they well done in their simplicity and care, but they offer me, a resident of Central Texas, a view I rarely get to see. And then to have them offered through the eyes of a special friend, they become a blessing to receive. Thank you for your generous giving.

    • JB March 6, 2015 at 9:20 am #

      Thank you Flint. I appreciate your hearing your response to what I post. Hugs to you my friend!

  9. Ray Snip March 6, 2015 at 9:17 am #

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful images John. I didn’t realize you lived that close to Cuttalossa. Should be beautiful out there today!

    • JB March 6, 2015 at 9:19 am #

      I’ll let you know Ray, I’ll be there this afternoon again! 🙂 Thanks.

  10. Memory March 6, 2015 at 9:37 am #

    Fantastic shots John, I especially love the lone tree…there is nothing like fresh snow.

    • JB March 6, 2015 at 9:50 am #

      Thank you Memory! 🙂 Hugs.

  11. Bill Tongue March 6, 2015 at 9:44 am #

    Nicely done my friend.

    • JB March 6, 2015 at 9:50 am #

      Thank you Bill.

  12. Petra Kues March 6, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    Once again, when PA gets blanketed in snow, the temptation to stay put and keep warm is overwhelming. Thanks for ignoring such comforts to share such beautiful and meditative images.

    • JB March 6, 2015 at 10:32 am #

      And thank you stopping to look Petra!

  13. Barbara K March 6, 2015 at 10:25 am #

    Beautiful, JB! Thankfully, it was all snow. We had ice & sleet underneath, but the surface of our 3-4 inches was so beautiful & ‘untouched.’

    • JB March 6, 2015 at 10:33 am #

      Be careful Barbara! We just had a cancellation for New Zealand because she fell on ice and broke an arm and hand. OUCH!

  14. Albert Bronson March 6, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

    Nice work, JB. I’ve always liked images showing stark winter landscapes.

    • JB March 6, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

      Thank you Albert.

  15. Felice March 6, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

    Now THAT’S what I’m talkin’ about! The gifts of the season. Beautiful work, and you didn’t have to go to China. I love the verticals! Yummy.

    • JB March 6, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

      But I wanna go to China….

  16. Howard Grill March 6, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

    Really terrific shots! I really totally love the minimalist look in the first one of the tree. I wish I could garnmer your enthusiasm for going out in the cold. I try to but boy do I hate the cold. It’s hard to try to be creative when you just aren’t relaxed and comofrtable. I know, dress in layers lol!!

    • JB March 6, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

      I get that Howard, I have to talk myself into it!

  17. James Milligan March 6, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

    ‘Your a brave one,Mr.B” that is a fun place to go in bad weather,I stayed more around here but parking was not an option. Tried a few spots today but ran into the same parking issue. Oh well, heading for FL this coming week and hoping for some wildlife images.

    • JB March 6, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

      Parking was an issue for me too. Thankfully just two crazy photographers showed up!

  18. Nadia March 6, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    Nice Bro!

    • JB March 6, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

      Thanks Sis!

  19. Stan Silverman March 6, 2015 at 4:45 pm #

    Great images! I especially love the lone tree. And you didn’t call me because …… 🙂

    • JB March 6, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

      Cause, I, err… ummm….

  20. Mimi Mann March 6, 2015 at 5:28 pm #

    Gorgeous, John.

    • JB March 6, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

      Thank you Mimi.

  21. Brenda Tharp March 6, 2015 at 5:35 pm #

    Lovely images, John. I’m so envious of all that snow. Love the silence of snow, I agree! Wonderful, muted, hush over the landscape.

    • JB March 6, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

      You’re welcome at my home anytime you want to play in the snow Brenda.

  22. al campoli March 7, 2015 at 10:44 am #

    Beautiful John. Really like the vertical tree. I went there later in the day

  23. Brian March 8, 2015 at 10:45 am #

    I really like those images John. I like the second one the best for some reason. I like how small the building feels compared to the “big-ness” of the nature around it. I also like how the flag pops out as the only color in the other monochromatic images. I didn’t get out that day but did get out the previous weekend during a smaller storm. I have a nice image I hope to post maybe later tonight. I agree 1000% on the Spring comment!!

  24. Christopher March 8, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful, John! Your effort was definitely rewarded. I’m thinking seriously about making the switch to the Fuji X system, so I’m curious if you encounter any problems when shooting fuji in inclement weather like this. As I understand it, only the XT1 is weather sealed. Thanks for your time and for sharing these stunning images!

    • JB March 8, 2015 at 3:47 pm #

      Thank you Christopher. Yes the X-T1 is their only weather resistant model and as reported by many who have shot in the rain it, paired with the 18-135 (also weather resistant) it works just fine. Would I want to stand out in a pouring rain for a prolonged time? Probably not, as with most any camera. But this duo and any other soon to be released WR lenses would work just fine. I must confess these were taken with my Nikon D3x only because of the lens choice I had or did not have in this case with Fuji…. My buddy went out on this same day with the above duo and had no issues and as he said “my camera and lens were soaked!”

  25. Steve L March 9, 2015 at 10:53 am #

    Outstanding atmosphere.
    Are we all really going to miss snow within the next few weeks?? ha

  26. Liz Lawlor March 11, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

    WOW……love each for their special message…..miss the snow this year!
    take care,

    • JB March 11, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

      Thanks Liz.

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