Snowy Wonderland

By a lucky and rare coincidence, it snowed on Friday night and I woke up to some stupendous views of my local shrine, Suwa Jinja. It was truly a winter wonderland, with snow slowly falling from the trees and light shining between branches. A little old lady was there too, carefully taking shots her camera sensei recommended. It was fun talking with her and I got some insight into the way the shrine had been arranged. I feel in this peaceful little place I had a taste of what the sights must be further north, luckily without needing to shovel mounds of snow all the time (sometimes it’s so deep there, they have to clear passages every two hours). Just the magical beauty of nature, something C.G. will never catch up with (I think!) The dramatic lighting, the contrast of bright, fluffy snow with deep greens and browns of the huge trees there was unforgettable.

It doesn’t snow much here, so it is always a great sight, worth making the most of. I headed out with my D300 fitted with my sadly under-used Nikon 17-55mm and I have to say, I really love this lens. As zooms go, it really captures a really beautiful image, crisp and detailed, with a nice bokeh. Usually it’s too heavy to take on a trip with me alongside other stuff, so my Tamron equivalent fills in, but for a one-lens adventure outside my door, it works just perfectly.

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