FAVORITE PHOTOS OF 2023 – Number 18

Snow crystals on a mushroom.

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There is some woodland near where I live that I only visit when it’s cold. When the undergrowth is dense and green, it’s virtually impossible to get out without some ticks crawling about.

I small stream is flowing there. Sometimes above, sometimes below ground, If one follows it long enough, one can arrive to a rock face. If there’s enough water, a slim waterfall makes every other noise disappear. Not that there is much, because this side valley is quite secluded.

I don’t have a good photo of said waterfall. As it was raining a lot, I decided to give it another go. I was trying out different angles and different lenses. To no avail.

But I did manage to find a small orange looking mushroom. I knew immediately I could get a good photo of it. Unfortunately, I forgot my polarizer, making it reflect the overcast light too much. And there was no snow, even though the landscape all around was sprinkled with it.

I took enough photos to make a good focus stack. Over 40 needed for the software to do the job. I was happy with the result.

The days were passing by quickly. The landscape was sprinkled with the snow once again. I thought to myself that with a bit of luck there would be snow where I saw the mushroom. And that it would still be there.

When I got there, I saw the same mushroom with some snow on and around it.

I positioned the camera in the roughly the same position, lit the scene with my phone and started taking photos.

This time I made sure to have the polarizer on the lens already, making it impossible to forget it at home. I also decided to take twice as many photos in an effort of capturing every detail possible.

I must say I’m delighted with the end result.

The order in which I posted my favorite photos really doesn’t reflect which one(s) I like the most. But this one is my favorite one of the 2023.

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