Sunday, February 15, 2015

So Now What?

My wife and I had planned a February trip to Hocking Hills in the fall.  She was looking forward to the romantic cabin and I to some winter photography - and romance in the cabin.  We had just gotten a foot of snow at home so I figured the scenery would be awesome. She was hoping the cabin would be as nice as its website.  The cabin was, but the snow never got quite as far south as Hocking Hills.  Now what?
Of course I still had a beautiful woman, a really nice cabin in the woods, a hot tub, wine, and some gourmet food.  If I wasn't a diehard photographer, this would be perfect.  We did do some hiking, as my wife Chris really does enjoy the outdoors and thankfully can find things to enjoy while I photograph.  Besides the lack of snow, it turned out that the Yaktrax that she had weren't up to the ice covered stone steps that lead down to the really cool features in the park. My Kahtoola  microspikes were awesome but we only had one set of those.  So for our hikes together we went places without lots of icy steps and I looked for ways to depict winter without showing a snow covered landscape (bottom photo.)  When she'd had enough hiking I slipped out (pun intended) and used the microspikes to find wintery looking scenics (top photo.)
In the end, we had some quality "us" time and I found some images too, so it was a perfect weekend.