It snowed last night.

Posted by Larry Lefever (Lititz, United States) on 13 January 2011 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

Shadows courtesy of our porch lighting. Let the shoveling begin.

Marcia just pointed out that one of the many deer that have settled in behind our house is lying in the background (Middle left). We usually have between 6 and 10 that spend the winter with us. They're around in the summer, but we don't often see them.

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GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Shoveling!? Let the photography begin! I just love the blue tones in this photo.

13 Jan 2011 6:10am

@GJC: I agree. I should have been out in the countryside shooting instead of the back porch.

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Lovely blue tones in this one!

13 Jan 2011 7:10am

@Punit: Thanks, Punit.

Céline from New York City, United States

Nice shot !

13 Jan 2011 8:08am

@Céline: Thanks very much, Celine.

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Great shadows and colours.

13 Jan 2011 9:36am

@Marilla: Thanks, Marilla. I love shadows on snow.

Barbara Lee from Oakland, United States

This is BEAUTIFUL, Larry! I am a particular fan of blue light and blue shadow, and both are just so lovely here, along with the framing and composition. The wood on the porch railing is exquisite. Did I say that I like this photo!? :-) I guess I need to get up to the snow country for some winter shots. Maybe I'll see what is going on in Yosemite. You are lucky to have it in your own back yard!

13 Jan 2011 2:31pm

@Barbara Lee: Thanks, Barbara. We're very lucky here in our little house.

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

Ohh yes Marcia has a keen eye, I see it now too. Like a search photo you can find little things out in the wood. In summer with all the brush they are hidden but now they aren't. Do you put food out for them? Your blues contrasting the red of the wood [at least in this light] and the white of the snow make for a wonderful color palette. I like all the shadow lines too.

13 Jan 2011 2:51pm

@¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨: We love our deer, but don't feed them, (Other than allowing them to devour Marcia's garden). The little woods is only a couple hundred feet wide, (The top railing is blocking a row of houses), and about 400 yards in length between the two rows of houses. It does connect with some orchards and woodland where they spend most of their time, especially in the spring and summer. They're plenty fat and we don't feed them for fear of attracting more. We would often see a dozen of them out there last winter and a herd like that can devour a garden.

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Perfect shot! The lines, lighting and the blue background ànd the deer go so well together!
(And you finally got your snow....I heard it's all over the country except for Florida....)

13 Jan 2011 3:28pm

@Marleen: Thanks, Marleen. On the evening news there was a map showing snow coverage for the lower 48 and it covered about 75% of the nation, (and yes, every state except Florida). It's great for us photographers, but those poor folks in the South that never get any snow ... well they ain't smiling.

Karine from Loiret, France

What a nice shot !!!

13 Jan 2011 4:26pm

@Karine: Thanks, Karine.

Mike Baker from los angeles, United States

Lovely. The light is a perfect balance with the blue background.

13 Jan 2011 6:57pm

@Mike Baker: Thanks, Mike.

Jen from United States

Oh, I just love this! I love the lines, the shadows are wonderful, I love the warm and cool tones working together, I even love the deer in the background. I think what I love most about it is that it feels homey and comfortable. Beautifully done, as always!

13 Jan 2011 7:32pm

@Jen: Thank you, Jen. Sometimes it feels just homey enough to want to hibernate. :)

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Great warm/cool contrast!

13 Jan 2011 7:46pm

@MissT: Thanks. I see Chicagoland has deer as well.

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Ah yes, now I see the deer. Do they eat your lovely plants?

13 Jan 2011 8:45pm

@Anita: They do, but Marcia tries to plant deer-resistant species. They do have a sweet tooth for my favorite flower ... the tulip.

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

I am in a small suburb area but because our land runs close [but not adjacent like yours] to a deer run, we sometimes see them as far as our house, some ten or so blocks away. I guess I always think of animals having a harsh time in winter but you say they are fat.. they are equipped and I should remember that. I still feed the birds though :)

13 Jan 2011 9:23pm

@¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨: The deer seem very adaptive. Barking dogs, snowblowers, snow shovelers .... as long as you don't get too close, they just look at you and chew. And yes, the birds always need help in the winter. Stay warm out there. :)

JCJ from Troyes, France

good colors and graphic

13 Jan 2011 10:50pm

@JCJ: Thanks very much.

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Really like this...wonderful colour range and contrasts of light and shadow.

13 Jan 2011 11:16pm

@Ted: Thank you Ted.

David from Detroit, United States

Fantastic use of light and shadow.

14 Jan 2011 1:30am

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

This is a five stars shot for sure !!!!

5 *****

14 Jan 2011 1:53am

Maria Draper from California, United States


14 Jan 2011 2:32am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Fantastic the warm-cool contrast!

14 Jan 2011 3:29am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Oh wow, what gorgeous light. But the deer casually lying in the snow, watching you, is so special. I hope you don't mind them. I know they can eat up the garden, but this is so beautiful it gives me goosebumps.

14 Jan 2011 4:55am

Steve from Camdenton, United States

Beautiful shot of just looking out the back door. Nice shot.

14 Jan 2011 5:18am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

this is one sensational composition! this is just perfect! excellent balance, lines and light! i would not want to walk out there to spoil the picture with any footprints or anything else... wonderful work!

14 Jan 2011 5:53am

Dolors from Girona, Spain

excellent light

15 Jan 2011 1:36am

Ron from Saint Louis, United States

Again, an awesome mix of warm and cool ... you captured incredible detail in your exposure, Larry ... ron

21 Jan 2011 12:05am

Marzia from ., Italy

Do you live in paradise??

25 Jan 2011 7:44am

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