Shakerag Hollow snow

Winter seemed to be slipping quietly out of the door, but evidently it still has business here. The forest floor is transformed.


Where-ever dark objects protrude, they soak the sun’s weak heat. Gradually the surrounding snow sublimates, leaving sleeves of empty space around twigs and leaves.

SnowComp7The nascent growth of spring wildflowers is checked. Buds and furled leaves endure, listening for the click of the door.

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5 thoughts on “Shakerag Hollow snow

  1. Nathan

    Reblogged this on Sewanee Herbarium and commented:
    I set out on a hike yesterday afternoon to see and experience Shakerag Hollow under a blanket of snow. I wanted to witness for myself the new life of the early spring wildflowers struggling through the sort of “real” winter weather that we have seen so infrequently this year.

    I also had every intention of photographing and blogging about that experience, but, of course I found myself in the cove without a camera. Luckily, I wasn’t alone in my desire to see the snow in Shakerag Hollow. And you are lucky enough to be able to read what David Haskell had to say about the experiences and to see his photographs–a definite improvement over anything I would have come up with.

    1. David George Haskell Post author

      Thank you!

      I mostly use a old 1” Bausch and Lomb lens. It is a 3x and 4x (two lenses in one case). This is not a super high quality lens in terms of optics, but it works well in the field. The lenses at are similar. And the one at might in fact be the same item that I use.

      Have fun with the lens…it really opens up a new world.


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