Winter’s Wraith-like Wisps

Woodsmoke Wisps - Fort Vermilion Alberta
Woodsmoke Wisps – Fort Vermilion Alberta

Late on a November Saturday afternoon, wraith-like, wisps of wood smoke drift over winter’s fallow field near Fort Vermilion. A homestead’s woodstove produces an intense dry heat, welcome warmth in the midst of a cold, Alberta winter. The day, a first opportunity to work with a new prime lens, a Canon 50mm – f/1.4 lens; my wife has encouraged me to begin my work with it. The image is one of the first images with the lens.

Listening to – Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto, In My Place, Major Minus and Yellow.

Quote to Inspire – “The photograph is completely abstracted from life, yet it looks like life. That is what has always excited me about photography.” – Richard Kalvar

8 Comments Add yours

  1. yoshizen says:

    I love this almost Japanese painting (日本画) like image.
    It’s a beauty !

    1. Hello Yoshi:

      Thank you for your gracious commendation – you inspire towards all that is the possibility of Japan.

      Lumens 🙂

  2. Beautiful photo. Love the colors. The smoke adds so much to the photo. It would be beautiful without it, but the smoke really adds to the beauty.

    1. Hey there, Maralee:

      Me, too – the smoke … perhaps because it’s moving or because there’s an element of suspension where things ought not to be … something’s there adding to the beauty.

      Lumens … 🙂

  3. buckylb says:

    oh I love this … the colors, the smoke … I can feel the cold

    1. Hi Laurie:

      It’s neat to read that the image has the ability to involve you in that cold, cool day. I’m aiming try a couple of things with our Christmas tree and its reflection to see what might work.

      Thanks for looking in. 🙂

    1. Hello Robyn:

      Thank you for your kind words. Here, colours of a colder November or early December Saturday afternoon reveal a backdrop of the sun setting in late afternoon, a farmer’s field and trees near what is Alberta’s oldest settlement – Fort Vermilion, I return to this image, regularly.

      Take care … 😉

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