Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

“Photos aren’t objective — they show what we want them to show.”

This week’s photo challenge theme on The Daily Post is perspective, whereby bloggers are invited to post images of things that are not what they seem to be, or offer different angles/interpretations of the same subject.

Here are a few of my own images that toy with the concept of perspective.

Inches-high wildflowers loom larger than life with low camera placement.

A sun-lit Lake Michigan looks limitless from two perspectives.

Closer inspection lends deceptive warmth to a winter sunset.

You can view others’ perspective interpretations in the comments here. :)

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Empire’s Sublime Winter Scene

A couple of Saturdays back we ditched household chores in favor of a trip to Empire when that elusive sun made an extended appearance. The pine needle debacle of Project Un-Do Christmas could wait – we knew we needed to remedy our sun deprivation.

Thus, out we went, happy for a reason to break out our long-neglected sunglasses along the way. (It’s the little things!)

At Empire, the beach was already sprinkled with about 10-15 other folks and the scene was surreal. Kids were crawling in and out of caves carved into the thick, massive ice formations built up along the water’s edge. Clouds intermittently descended and receded, offering up dramatic skies that beckoned you out.

Jim and I did our typical bit, taking turns exploring the beach while the other kept Jackson and  Chance entertained at the playground. (FYI: You can get pretty decent speed going down the slide in snow pants.)

Once I finally convinced myself the beach was “safe” to venture out onto after watching about 14 other people successfully make the trek, I was off cresting mini ice mountains at a snails pace until I could finally peer into the water.

It was there that I finally got a sense of just how still the water was. Pancake ice floated gently on the barely breathing lake. The revelation of something so calm in such a harsh environment was almost jarring. (In a really good way.)

As the sun gained momentum slicing it’s way though the veil of clouds, we decided a winter hike up the Empire Bluff Trail seemed in order. (Which meant swapping our beach scene for one from a perch high up on the bluff towering over us. Viewing from both vantage points is a great exercise in perspective!)

We’ve yet to pull the trigger buying snow-shoes, so we hoofed it up the trail old-school (in our snow boots). It took us just over half an hour to make it to the top with the 4 year-old and the pup. Several other groups joined us, one offering to lend a hand with a family photo.

It’s pretty remarkable how much more snow and ice we’ve gotten this year. You can see the much longer ice shelf in this recent picture (on the left) compared to a similar image of the same place taken in January 2012.

More images taken atop the bluff…

Though it quietly killed me to leave before the sun actually set, we had little ones to get back to the car before the sun and temp sank. The pink glow of the clouds through the branches on our way down would have to suffice. I’ll still mark this one down as my favorite winter beach excursion to date.

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Deep Freeze Bubbles

On the coldest day of the recent Deep Freeze, and two no-school snow days beyond my son’s two-week holiday break, my sister sent me a link to a story about a little boy and his mom blowing bubbles in the freezing cold. The photos were breathtaking (if you didn’t click through, really – you should).

It took me about 45 minutes to convince Jackson that coming outside with me to blow bubbles would be more fun than playing Batman Lego, but eventually he caved. After the customary ninja-chopping of the bubbles, he calmed down enough to let a few live long enough to freeze (and let me take some pictures).

Our images were nothing close to Angela Kelly’s (on account of her stellar photography skills and our absence of sun), but it was the perfect way to find reprieve from cabin fever with my favorite little boy. :)

When the sun finally showed itself today during lunch, I jumped at the chance for another take (all by myself this time, me being a juvenile thirty-something and all). My, the difference some sunshine can make!

If you try this, use the liquid soap/Karo syrup/water mix mentioned in the article – it offers up better ice patterns than the store-bought bubbles we initially used.

That sun didn’t last too long, so I’m glad I got out while I could. Hopefully it’ll come back soon, as I have a pinhole camera project calling my name, thanks to the generosity of Greg Urbano and his recent Christmas giveaway (thanks again, Greg!) :) More to come on that.

Hope you’ve found some moments in the sun recently, too! If you happen to blow bubbles while you’re out there, send me a link – I’d love to see your pictures. :)

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