Shelf Fungus on a Snowy Day

Most nature photographers (myself included) will go out of their way for an opportunity to shoot a grand landscape during sunrise or sunset. You know the ones I'm talking about. Towering snow covered peaks glowing in the last light of the day, with a meadow of flowers surrounding a glacial lake. These bold, dramatic landscapes bring tourists from all over the world to places like Yosemite, The Grand Canyon, the Rockies, and beyond. I plan on continuing my exploration of all of these amazing parks. Yet, thanks to Eliot Porter's work, I've become acutely aware that the more subtle, understated aspects of nature are quite special as well. Best of all, these opportunities usually can be found right in our own local towns and parks. So when I woke up to find a thin blanket of snow on the ground, I grabbed my 100mm macro lens and tripod, and walked to a nearby lake to look for details. Here are some of the images of a type of "Shelf Fungus".