HOUSE ACROSS THE POND
The winter of 2009-2010 has been unbelievably heavy in the the Middle Atlantic States of the United States, breaking a century-old record for snow precipation. A total of 140 cm (55 inches) of snow blanketed the area in three separate blizzards.
I shot this photo from my dining room window, looking north toward Washington, DC, 80 km (50 miles) away. It was early in the morning, with the sun just beginning to illuminate the crest of the hill in the background.
The last time I submitted a shot from my home was last year on Einstein’s Birthday, March 14, 2009. It had snowed through the night, and the pond behind my house presented the scene of a veritable winter wonderland, IN LIKE A LION . The pond is too small to even have a name, but on the other side of the pond is a house from where neighbors can presumably view my house just as as I can view theirs.
The rolling hills and valleys are part of Lee’s Hill, its name honoring the site of a battle that took place during the American Civil War (1861-‘65). On a numbingly cold few days during December of 1862, over a hundred thousand soldiers — equally divided between General Lee’s Confederate Forces (South) and General Grant’s Union Forces (North) — faced each other in mortal combat. It is a poignant view, both beautiful and sad.
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papagolf21 (101944) 2010-02-27 14:55
Bonsoir, mon ami Bulent,
La neige possède ce secret de rendre au coeur en un souffle la joie naïve que les années lui ont impitoyablement arrachée.
Une très jolie composition hivernale bénéficiant d'une magnifique lumière.
phwall (6785) 2010-02-27 15:14
It is an exceptional POV, looking through the foreground tree adds mystery to the location.
I particularly like the rustic colours of the sunlit trees on the other side of the pond.
It is a very beautiful winter capture.
As I write this we are on Tsunami alert here in Sydney, as my house stands at sea level it is a bit of a concern. Hopefully this time tomorrow we'll still be here.
photoray (13981) 2010-02-27 15:45
Good atmospheric winter image from the American blizzards of 2010. Ideal to shoot through the trees and snow with a hint of warmth-sun on the distant roof tops.
During the Civil War this area must have had numerous battles and deaths. It looks peaceful now and only the ancient trees remember.
We also have had severe winter storms on the West coast. We had continuous rain for ten straight days in the Sierra Nevada foothills earlier this month, while the higher elevations are having the most snow in decades.
thank you for sharing this moment,
leonorkuhn (16235) 2010-02-27 17:05
Beautiful winter shot. The snow hugging the trees, covering the roofs of houses, all exposed surfaces. Thankfully, the sun brings a little heat and light, that embellishes the scene. Great management of light, great colors and good sharpness.
yedirenk (11244) 2010-02-27 17:07
Bülent hocam merhaba,
kar şahane bir etki yaratıyor.sıcak ve soğuk ışıktaki denge enfes.ormanda gizlenmiş gibi duran sevimli evlerde bu güzel kış karesine masalsı bir hava vermiş.ellerinize sağlık.selamlar
Buin (42466) 2010-02-28 1:06
A very wintry and atmospheric picture! The sunlit part of the landscape behind these snow covered trees in foreground is intriguing, as this view out of the shade is. One can feel cold here ...
Greetings from springlike Germany - where winter with permanent frost for more than two month obviously has lost its claws. Have a nice Sunday!
snunney (99088) 2010-02-28 1:13
An interesting and unusual nature composition. I like the mix of lighting and the lace like view of the garden offered by the trees.
Here in Europe, the winter has been colder and longer than it has been for many years. A major storm passed through here last night and whilst we suffered no damage in our village, further up the coast in Charente-Maritime there has been major flood and storm damage. It really shows that nature will always remain top dog whatever man tries to do to tame it.
Leconte (5795) 2010-02-28 2:05
Hello my dear Bulent,
what a wonderful place, nice contrast between the warm colors around the house and cool colors on the pond bottom in a diagonal, your beautiful light and beautiful nature redesigned by the snow,
all the best,
macondo (19516) 2010-02-28 3:15
A very strongly atmospheric picture, presenting the essentially warm light of a sunny winter's day through the snow-covered branches (what a soothing primal motif they make for humans) and beyond the drifts of snow in the shaded hollow of the pond. The light is warm but restrained, and the details exquisitely sharp. The contrast is judiciously gentle. You have a delightful view from your window, I must say!
ymrk (15079) 2010-02-28 5:46
Mükemmel bir doğal grafizm ve harika bir ışık kullanımı..Lokal ışığın kattığı derinlik ve manzara enfes.
rlrad (1845) 2010-02-28 6:12
You live in a beautiful area - in all four seasons. Your photograph shows just part of the effect of the snows, so much of it has already gone away - just think if it had not had a chance to partially melt in between storms.
That is the thing about this winter - there has just been so many snowstorms - we in St. Louis are behind in actual precipitation, but we had snow on the ground more often this year than many in the past. Normally we get lots of rain and freezing rain, which, as you know, is it's own brand of fun.
So back to the photo - a nice shot of no-name pond and the surrounding neighborhood. Good use of the light to illuminate that part of Lee's Hill. Maybe too much of that tree in the foreground, but I can overlook that as I wouldn't want to have to traipse around in the foot of snow in the back yard, either!
I loved Virginia for the short while I lived there - you know there is little chance for any US Navy sailor to not have opportunity to spend time in Norfolk... It really puzzled me why folks cautioned against getting stationed there (Sailors & dogs stay off the grass, etc...) - I wished I had gone there much earlier in my career. So much history, so many things to do and places to go. Everyone else is or was a sailor, or has some sort of direct interaction with the Navy.
Anyway, spring is coming soon, who knows what sort of great weather we will get this year!
Have a wonderful Sunday,
ciakgiak (30431) 2010-02-28 10:11
this is the demonstration of how it's possible to have a great shot if you have a great eye.
The beautiful photo is everywhere, and you didn't miss the opportunity to show us a very magnificent shot.
I like the view through the branches and the light is absolutely pleasant. Best regards.
carper (96) 2010-02-28 10:50
very nice photo Bulent.
we have had a strong winter here in the Netherlands, but to be honest I have enough of it and I want to see the Sun en spring back, very nice atmosphere here, good composition, fine title good photo job here, have a good evening.
Charo (51212) 2010-02-28 16:10
Hello mi amigo Bulent,
Very beautiful this snowy landscape seen through the branches of the tree. An image with great poetry and wonderful contrast between light and shadow.
jafadabret (56501) 2010-03-01 1:24
Cet hiver a été particulièrement dur un peu partout mais il a pris un caractère bien spécial dans ton pays. J'aime cette photo qui montre un premier plan bleuté de neige et une partie plus "chaude" près de la maison qui se trouve sous les rayons du soleil.
resat1972 (7576) 2010-03-01 2:29
Güzel bir kesit.Önler karlı ama arkalarda yeşil renk çok belirgin ve güzel duruyor.
Royaldevon (38860) 2010-03-01 3:30
The view through the bare branches gives the scene a sense of mystery; the house is peeping at the world from the security of its snowy hollow!
Lovely contrasts between the bluey, shadowy area, in the f/g, and the warm, sunlit areas, in the b/g.
There is a fine diagonal line from the snowy hill, creating an interesting composition.
Have a good day,
JanD (0) 2010-03-01 4:49
Amazing exposure and capture. Perfect contrast and sharpness. Superb frame. Sophisticated work.
TopGeo (38216) 2010-03-01 4:56
HiBulent! I distinguish a sunlight that in the picture and in the disposal gives some hot message charms of also hope! Good moment and idea!
Greg1949 (9011) 2010-03-01 5:37
Nice one Bulent, made perfect use of the snow and light on this one and I like the WB that has the blue shadows and the white snow, great work.
mesutilgim (95260) 2010-03-01 13:03
Selam sevgili Bülent tost,
Enfes bir kış görüntüsü. Diğerlerinden farklı yapan da bu kareyi arka kesime düşen ışık !
Gene güzel kadraji güzel layout ve ışık denetimi.
Selam ve sevgiler
PS.Bir ihtimalle sonbaharda, Michigan, New York ve Washington da, 1933 Üniversite reformu ve ülkemize sığınan yahudi asıllı Alman bilim adamları hakkında bir dizi konferans vereceğim. Program kesinleşince sana bildireceğim.
Bluejeans (64251) 2010-03-01 14:01
Que beleza de imagem com esta árvore coberta de neve em primeiro plano , bonitos tons de castanho de fundo com a floresta e a casa , bonitos tons de azul , boa luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
ChrisJ (114043) 2010-03-01 21:52
Looks cold! The snow enhances the graphism. Excellent color & sharpness. I likethe subtle warm cold colour contrast between the blue & yellow ochre bg. Tfs!
delpeoples (58074) 2010-03-02 1:05
Hi Bulent, yes your winter has indeed been a harsh one. The photo is beautiful but makes me shiver just looking at it. I like the cool tones and the mystery the tree evokes. The image is nice and sharp and I like the colour rendering alot. Thanks for your Note - as always very interesting - and I wish you a beautiful day, Lisa
Cretense (68703) 2010-03-02 3:32
Hello, dear Bulent!
Excellent nature photography with a beautiful "touch" of architecture, wonderful wintery atmosphere! Great composition and framing, flawless light management, you have managed to balance very well the shaded and bright areas!
MLINES (12516) 2010-03-02 11:58
Hi Bulent, Good to read of the history which once took place within a few metres of your now lovely quiet homesite. As we never see snow here in Sydney it is interesting to imagine how it could be if the earth goes into another cold spell or mini-glacial period, which it undoubtedly will after a (long) period of time. Good composition with the leaf-less trees and the morning light in the distance, it reminds me of staying in the Olympia Hotel in Seoul, during winter, when half the valley was under ice and the the opposite once in sunshine, without ice. Thanks for the interesting insights, as always. Murray.
Uhu (8591) 2010-03-02 13:02
Interesting photo - all - how to say? - netted with branches. This winter was quite unbeleivable in Russia also - heaviest snowfalls in the last 112 years or so. Terrible freezes wich we all forget about. Global Warming, surely!
As about fallen soldiers - it's something that always fascinated me a bit - all these fields around Novgorod and St-Petersburg, with thousands dead Russians, Germans, Finns and so on fallen there, in a seemingly nice and overall calm places. Hard to imagine.
But good stories are sad stories, as they are usually much closer to truth than happy endings!
tober (8797) 2010-03-02 13:03
Merhaba Sayın Hocam, oturma odanızın kış manzarası gerçekten güzelmiş. İlkbahar yaklaşırken doğanın canlanışını, önünüzdeki ağacın dallarının yeşermesini, dalların üzerine konan serçeleri seyretmek de ayrı bir zevk oluyordur herhalde.
Bu sene sizin taraflarda kış bayağı sert ve karlı geçti. Ankara'da eski kışlardan eser yok. Gerçek anlamda kar 2-3 kere yağdı, o da yerde birkaç gün ya kaldı ya kalmadı. Ancak oralarda hava temizdir. Ankara'da havayı kirli buldum ben.
Elinize sağlık, saygılar. Tolga
agjika (3177) 2010-03-02 13:56
Spectacular winte scene even though I have had enough of winter!
Superb compostion and lighting.
axiotea (21651) 2010-03-02 22:32
Hello dear Bulent
A good idea to share with us that view through your dining room's window and through the naked branches...
It seems you don't have many neighbours around your house and the winter atmosphere is well conveyed here! an interesting contrast between the FG and BG.
I don't know why but that image along with your note make me think of that novel 'cold mountains'...
jhm (152938) 2010-03-03 2:55
Hello Dear Bulent,
No doubting about the winter 2009-2010, aslo in Belgium got we the coldest February since 1887!
Lovely sight out your house, this panorama view, with light and shadows
Nice composition good presentation too. TFS.
belido (19934) 2010-03-03 6:51
this is a lovely winter scene. I like the contrast between the cool foreground and the warm stripe of light in the back. An image with a nice graphism. Well done!
archimatica (20632) 2010-03-03 13:14
Interesting and unusual nature composition, with a hint of mystery.
I like it.
paololg (31448) 2010-03-03 13:46
Ciao dear Bulent,
yes, also in Europe it has been a really hard and long winter. It is not ended still, even if today, for the first time, I have seen some small blue flowers and the primroses in a lawn. Maybe the spring is on the door. Anyway, your photo is very beautiful, captured with your usual photographic perfection, playing in splendid way with the light and the shades. Compliments, dear friend!
Ciao, have a nice day!
BWJ (3094) 2010-03-03 19:42
What an exquisitely composed scene with the look of a Currier and Ives print. The details, depth and colors are superb. Early morning sunlight shining across the trees in the background creates wonderful warmth and interest.
Cricri (119495) 2010-03-04 4:52
Joli avant plan des arbres fins et dénudées de feuilles qui laisse un aperçu sur l'étang gelée et la maison baignant sous une très belle lumière, un contraste intéressant, bien vu et très joli
windosil (1158) 2010-03-04 7:48
The little Y shapes silhouetted against the sky make me think those are birch trees just outside your window. How delightful to have them framing your daily view of that photogenic house and lake!
The winter is fading rapidly here this week; I hope it is the same for you.
PS I think I would like this photo better if you cropped it at the bottom of the dark trunk of the small tree on the right.
BTW did you ever get the note I sent you by airmail in December?
anokutan (15097) 2010-03-05 1:52
Bülent bey merhaba,
Hem kışın soğuğunu hem de güneşin sıcağını hissettiren bir çalışma.Tebrikler.
s_lush (16134) 2010-03-05 5:34
You are lucky to have such a beautiful environment of your home. The winter scene in your shot looks exactly like it is from a fairy tale. Very well composed, absolutely skillfully captured and perfectly narrated. Excellent job!
gunbud (34066) 2010-03-05 20:09
This looks more typical of my neck of the woods with the pond still frozen into the month of March.
Lovely contrast between the fresh white snow and the pale blue sky.
The golden tones of the winter trees work well with the winter sky.
Angshu (56758) 2010-03-14 0:06
Dear Professor 'A'
Silver and gold...that's what came to my mind when I saw this picture of yours. Lovely exposure control, with good details in the shaded areas as well as it in sunlit part. Framing is very well done with the tree on the left, like a mesh and frosted all over...Good work!
Have a great Sunday!
With Warmest Regards
emjleclercq (15780) 2010-04-05 13:37
A strange yet interesting picture, because of the strong contrast between the colored upper part, where the sun was shining, and the nearly monochromatic bottom part in the shade.
All the best,
Urs (14082) 2010-04-09 5:01
It's more a painting then a photograph. You used the natural blue tint of the snow in the shadow to create a beautiful picture of the winter. It's like a fairytale. There is the contrast of shadow and sunlight, producing pastel color hues. Well done
Thanks for your critique of the Goergetown shot. Thsi town still has a lot of colonial charm, it's a very nice place. Modern buildings and complexes are there but the inner city is protected.
The Chinese New Year follows the Chinese moon calendar. Consequently the Chinese New Year is between late January and late February. It always changes every year.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (38821)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-02-07
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D200, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Daily Drive to Work... [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-02-27 14:00