In January, I was notified by Midwest Living Magazine that I had either won or was up as a finalist for a photo contest. I wasn’t quite sure which it was and I posted the possibilities here. I finally figured it out when I went back to the website this evening and followed a somewhat convoluted trail to the finish. (It would be helpful if the website was a little more user-friendly.)
Apparently I had won an editor’s choice prize for the month of November in their year-long contest and was up for the grand prize award, voted on by the readers. The voting ended on February 19 and I am happy to say that I came in 3rd out of 12. Wow! That is way better than I expected and I’m happy at last know the final outcome.
Since I’m not sure whether I can post the photo here directly (gotta follow the rules) I thought I’d at least post the link. Congrats to those of you who liked this photo best and thought it was the winner from the 5 that I had entered. At this point, I still haven’t heard anything from the Meredith Corporation (the publishing company) about what I won from the monthly contest.
While I’m talking photo contests, Gardening Gone Wild has posted their March photo contest called Awakening. I ended up missing last month’s contest deadline by about a half an hour, so I thought I’d get a jump for the March competition. I really appreciate the input from the experts and know that I’ve become a better photographer from their comments.
So here is my Spring Awakening photo:
Pussy Willows in the Snow
This photo, taken a year ago last March, before most spring flowers have bloomed. Because the pussy willows bloom before any real spring color happens, I consider it a first sign of spring.
I’ve made it an annual tradition to welcome the season by heading down to the lake at my mother’s house and cutting a big bouquet of pussy willows.
March in Michigan is usually cold, gray and rainy. This particular day was no exception. As I was down in the swampy part of the lake in my wellies clipping branches, it begin spitting a slushy sort of rain/snow mix. This shot is one of my favorites with catkins wearing a cap of watery snow.