Winter Blahs

Ice Hostel

The winter blahs have hit. After a cold spell it’s warmed up a little, but it’s not to be trusted. Weather in February and March can be capricious, not to mention vicious. A January thaw is nice, but undependable.

The worst part about this winter is the lack of snow. People north, south, east, and west of us have had a snowy winter, thank you, but all we’ve had is cold weather. On the plus side, it’s made walking and driving easier, but snow is essential for good winter photography.

One thing that’s made winter a little brighter is the Micro Nikkor AF 55mm f/2.8 lens I acquired from my friend Peter (Aurora_Photog on Flickr). It may possibly be the ugliest lens Nikon has ever made and was quickly replaced by the excellent, and very pretty, Micro Nikkor AF-S 60mm f/2.8. Optically, though, the 55AF is right up there with the best of the Nikkor macro lenses, which is high praise. Because it retains a manual aperture ring on the lens, it can also be used, in manual-focus mode, on my Panasonic G1. The fact it has a plastic tube around the outside of the lens and a two-stage trombone-looking extension can be readily forgiven. As Han Solo once famously said of the scruffy Millennium Falcon, “She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid!”

I wish I had more things to take macro shots of. I wish there were more snow. I wish I were as smart as those of my friends who planned vacations to warm parts at this time of year. I could wish all day.

The thing is, we take life as we find it, just like the ducks and geese in the harbour. So, for the time being, I’m doing less photography and more video watching, snuggled indoors holding a cup of warm green tea.

Life could be worse.

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About Gene Wilburn

Gene Wilburn is a writer ~ photographer ~ humanist
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