January 18, 2009
January 21, 2012

January 16, 2013

February 25, 2013

December 18, 2013
Coneflowers, also called Rudbeckia, when left standing in the fall, dry out and morph into an abstract composition, vivid against the snow. They present differently every winter—as if arranged by a master painter—and bring new pleasure.
The winter garden is here recorded four times between 2009 to 2013. In each photo, the site is the same; the plantings are the same; only Nature’s dressing has changed. Sadly, two trees were lost in the years after the earliest (top) photo was made. All five photos were shot from the same, east-facing window in our little house on the edge of Hardy Pond.
In the last scene, from December 18, 2013, a fine haze has subdued the brilliant sun. The finely textured stalks play against the soft, luminous tones of freshly fallen snow. The white backdrop is not a studio prop set there by an artful photographer; rather, it is newly fallen snow covering the pond ice.

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