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25 February 2009 @ 08:42 pm
growing in the shadow of Winter  
Winter's Shadow

People often think I am more than a little crazy to move in a direction where the cost of living is so much higher than the Midwest, but the East Coast has something in it that draws me near; it is an attraction that exists only once in the Midwest for me, as Lake Michigan. It is a little strange that I find myself attached to the earthiness of a place. I am not a "nature person" by any means. I generally prefer exposure in controlled doses, minus mosquitoes, where I can find some place comfy and with food afterward.


Winter's Shadow


I love the folded, layered rocks of this state. There is nothing like this in the Midwest, though we once had some icicles hanging off our house eaves that came close. I have been eying the area where this formation occurs for two winters now. I took these shots in color, but I barely made it there while the sun was still up, and so the photos felt like nothing special. I switched them to black and white, which improved them somewhat.

Unfortunately, I can think of no way to get either detailed photos or one of the entire ice area. It is located on a narrow, twisted road and it forms one side of a blind curve. I cannot take more than five steps to either side of where I stood, for the "driveway" was actually a bridge crossing a small creek that runs through the valley, and there is no shoulder on either side to speak of. The risk of getting smashed flat is just too great.
 
 
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Giang (yang)cometeoraine on February 26th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
These are gorgeous.
Emily: IchiOri Sunny Day Sighetoileeyes on February 26th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
PA really is a beautiful state. I miss it sometime and still consider coming back... and you never know if my parents ever give up the club here and my brother stays out east, we may all move in that direction. Only time will tell. These photos are quite striking in B&W. This looks like Rt. 51... Josh and I spent way too much time traveling that road.
Fish: dreamingkayay on February 27th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
Beautiful shots.