What’s That on the Ground?

Every year about this time we get this cold white stuff that covers the ground and here it is again.  Coming at this time of year it might stay until spring – or it might go away (only to come back another day).  I’ve been requesting that it wait until December to stay, but sometimes having a first snow a few times seems to make people forget how to drive in it again and again.

My pictures today were an experiment to see if taking the picture without using the flash or by using the flash would work best, since it is dark outside.  I tried it both ways and both pictures are good enough to post and I like them both for obvious different reason.  Both pictures were helped by the outdoor light I have on the step just behind me and both pictures were taken using the camera’s automatic settings.

No Flash
No Flash

The picture (above) not using the flash shows the whole yard and even beyond my fence.  It also shows Chester over by my spruce tree near the back of the yard.  It shows Chester’s footprints close to the step and it shows what is probably my shadow standing on the step as well as the shadow from the railing.  The shadow is caused by the light that is behind me.  The light does light up a good portion of the yard, but does not go back as far as that spruce tree, so the camera is using its ability to take pictures in very low light.  This picture shows more than what I can see – but it required that I hold the camera completely still for a few seconds.  The shutter has to remain open long enough to get enough light to show this.

With Flash
With Flash

The picture using the flash is limited to the area that the flash covers – so we don’t see the whole yard.  We do see Chester’s footprints disappearing into the darkness and we do see that the snow is still coming down.

I knew the pictures would be different, but I wasn’t sure how much difference.

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