It Didn’t Make it

It Didn't Make it

If you ask me what my 2 favorite hobbies are I’ll most likely tell you ”skiing and photography.” Each year I spend almost a month on the ski slopes (not all at once, but over the winter I’ve averaged about 25-30 days of skiing). Several of my friends and I rent a cabin in the mountains for the winter and I try to ski every other weekend. My girlfriend, on the other hand, does not ski at all, and I usually cannot convince her to come to the mountains.

One weekend a friend of ours was celebrating his birthday in Tahoe and she decided to come along. I decided to take the day off from skiing and we went Snowshoeing at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, along their cross-country courses. We decided to do a trail that led to a lake overlook and it had signs marked ”Advanced Cross-Country Skiers Only”, which meant that it was very hilly and quite exhausting.

Along the trail I ran into this dead tree and I really liked the way the wind blew the patters in the snow that pointed straight at this tree. It was also an extremely beautiful day (nice blue skies) so I thought this photo looked especially nice. Note: I didn’t bother bringing my dSLR with me so this photo was taken with my new Panasonig Lumix ZS-7 point and shoot. I’m not a fan of the photos it takes but it does excellent video. It’s the only PnS camera that I found that zooms optically while recording video (and it has a 12X zoom). The ski videos come out great and I’ve posted several on my vimeo page.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS-7:
5mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec, ISO 80

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Aaron Meyers is a landscape and wedding photographer living in Silicon Valley, CA. His love of the outdoors makes for frequent forays into the Californian wilds, where he delights in the stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, and the Pacific Coast.