This time of year, especially following several days of heavy snowfall, the color palette is essentially monochromatic. Bare branches exhibit varying shades of gray and muted brown. Snow is bluish-white under cloudy skies and in the shade, or hues of gold under low-angle sunshine. Even the foliage that peeks through the snow is muted in tone â€” deep green cold-curled Rhododendron leaves, soft brown dry grasses that haven’t yet been buried, and almost-black conifer needles.
I photographed in Coeur d’Alene today, again under gray skies and intermittent heavy snowfall. I revisited a handful of gardens that were riots of color last summer or autumn. Today, I concentrated on shapes and patterns in the structures and bare trees or shrubs. The photo is of a small Japanese Maple.
Tonight, the wind picked up so the trees may be mostly bare on Wednesday morning.Â A little sun is predicted, with more snow on the way for the Spokane area.Â I’m heading home if I can get across the pass, which was closed all day today due to high avalanche danger.Â It’s been a productive three days of snowy photography.