As I was hiking around the forests near Boulder, CO during a beautiful winter day, I heard thumping sounds nearby and then saw an “avalanche” of snow crashing down the pine trees. I was fascinated by how the snow floated in the air dispersing in random order and interrupting the wonderful quietness of the forest.
I observed the light filtering through the snow and trees. There was no way to predict where these huge snowballs (as I call them) would occur but I knew I wanted to capture this wonderful display of nature. I quickly setup my Sony a1 with my 24-105 zoom lens and left it at around 50mm focal length. After many attempts at photographing these snowballs, I was finally able to photograph one with good framing around a group of ponderosa pine trees at 77mm. I had positioned myself so that the snow was backlit. I love how the drifting snow softens the background almost like fog.
Seeing the powdery snow falling in the forest made me smile. My imagination spins and I think that just maybe, the trees do have snowball fights when we are not looking.