Mia and the Snowflake

Equipment Info
4.5mm / f/2.8 / 1/30 sec. / ISO 100
Nearest Area
Wet Mountains
Westcliffe, CO
Brief Directions

Colorado CR 69


FYI: I will be posting another image from this memorable hike: A photo of a single snowflake balancing on a pine needle.


Taken during a hike in the Wet Mountains of Colorado. It was a gray, dark day and it started snowing lightly just before my wife and I left our house to go for a hike with our dogs in the adjacent Nature Preserve. I decided to leave my "good" full frame camera gear behind because the weather conditions just didn't look very promising. About a mile and a half into our hike, the snow changed from Styrofoam balls to real defined snowflakes. We stopped and marveled at the frozen pieces of art as they slowly drifted down and settled on the ponderosa pines around us. And one perfect specimen even landed right on the eyelash of our dog Mia! Boy, did I regret not bringing my "good" equipment including my 105mm macro lens. But I always have a "Do-everything" Panasonic Lumix Compact Superzoom in my backpack...just in case something special shows up. And the best feature on this compact camera is the Macro setting - which I used to take a few shots including the attached image of Mia's eyelashes from a distance of less than one inch! When I came back home and viewed the photos in Lightroom I was very pleasantly surprised how good the shots actually turned out - considering they were handheld macros, very little light and a tiny sensor to work with. But the fact that the compact camera is in wide angle mode for macros, makes it possible to even have some of the surroundings in this extreme Close-up. Needless to say, I was very happy that I had packed my little Lumix...and the entire experience made me realize that we shouldn't dismiss these "dinky" little compact cameras. There is nothing "dinky" about this image of a single snowflake balancing delicately on the tip of a pine needle. A very special moment, for sure. And our most treasured photo of Mia - who passed away just a few weeks later from cancer...

Date Added
January 20, 2020
Date Taken
December 29, 2013