I started thinking about ‘dream’ a few days early and really wasn’t sure what I would decide on. And then, while looking at a weather app this morning, I saw that snow is in the forecast for tomorrow. I immediately started humming, “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” and there I had it. I love a white Christmas. In fact, as a kid, I knew nothing different. I vividly remember one year on Christmas Eve, the grass was green, and questions of how Santa would make it were all over the news. I remember staring out the window with the back porch light on, distraught that it would be our first Christmas with no Santa. And then, like a miracle on 34th street, I mean 9 Spoondrift Lane, snow flakes began to fall from the sky. It’s a true story. One of those childhood miracles. If I remember correctly, I think we got several feet of snow that Christmas. As an adult, I spent many years in Texas, and I would often say that the only time I REALLY missed snow was on Christmas. Well, we are now back up North, and I am dreaming of a white Christmas! But with ‘climate change’, we shall see! 😉
As mentioned in an earlier blog, we did have snow this past Sunday, which made it the perfect day to go cut down our Christmas tree. It is looking a bit different now, standing in our living room with lots of colored lights. But this is the tree, in the snow, before my husband took a saw to it.
To edit… I brightened ,sharpened, center focused and blurred in Snapseed. I then ran it through the metal and subtle filter and frame in pixlromatic.
Bonnie and I had a conversation yesterday discussing how the ‘dream’ category could be interpreted either in a noble or an avaricious context. It must be a character flaw of mine that I could immediately think of so many things that I personally could dream about having as a reality. A home in England near my family and the ability to visit whenever we wanted, the acquisition of many, MANY, photographic items, at the top of that list a Canon 5D MkIII. The list really could be infinite. But how on earth would I take an image of any of these things without finding a 2 dimensional picture, and then photographing it? So I cast all these ideas aside, and instead interpreted ‘dream’ quite literally. I love watching the pups sleep, you can see that they are dreaming, the twitches and little sighs that could mean they’re chasing an elusive rabbit in an imaginary forest… or more likely digging a big muddy hole in my backyard… who really knows?!?
I took this picture at 11 o’clock in the morning, focusing on Millie in the foreground and intending Chewie and Gimli to be blurred out at the back. It was an overcast day and the room was fairly dark, so my ISO was set at 1600, my shutter speed was 1/30, and my aperture was set at f/3.2.
I cropped the image a little in Lightroom, decreased the temperature, and increased the exposure and clarity. All small changes that just enhanced the picture.
PS – I’m, as ever, dreaming of a white Christmas too, but unfortunately there’s little chance of that in Houston!