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Why I Like To Photograph In The Woods When It's Rainy

April 28, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Yesterday was a rainy, dreary day here in the Twin Cities. Priscilla thought I was crazy when I said I was going to go out hiking and photographing in the Big Woods. I did wait until the heavy rains stopped, but I got out nonetheless. The beauty of photographing outdoors on wet days is that the colors get super saturated. The wood of a rotting tree turns a deep, rusty red color. The green of the mosses takes on a luscious hue. The sage greens of the lichens practically jump out at you.

When everything else in the forest is still brown, these brilliant splashes of color let you know that the cycle is repeating and the forest is coming to life again. Soon, everything will be amazingly and impossibly green here in Minnesota. You can see the trees budding out now.

The fact is, Priscilla was right to be a bit skeptical about my heading out into the woods. I did get caught in one rain shower and just got out of the woods before a thunderstorm swept through the area. After hearing the first echoes of thunder I decided to check the weather on my iPhone. Seeing a band of red coming directly my way on the radar, I decided it was best to hightail it out of there and get to safety. I made it back to my car with only minutes to spare. It was worth it though.


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