Trees with fresh snow, Burghausen, Germany; February 2010.

“Fall is when my mind becomes sharper. Winter is when it becomes easier to be introspective. Spring is when I become totally aware of my love for everything in life. Summer is when I notice my daring energy, and use it. All seasons are beautiful, but different for each one of us.” (Yoko Ono)

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Winter Moments in Southern California

Trees and pasture in fog and snow at Cañada Buena Vista near Warner Springs, California.

I distinctly remember December 31st, 2014: snow fell all the way down to Temecula – a town that lies about 45 minutes north from here, and at an elevation of only about 1000 feet / 300 meters! This meant that “my tree” (the solitary Cottonwood at Lake Henshaw) would be in snow of course (it’s at an elevation of about 2800 feet / 850 meters) but back then, I missed the opportunity to photograph it because of a more important commitment. The thought of having a photo of the tree with snow though has haunted me every winter since…

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