Winter in Green

Winter, my ass.

You say toemato. I say tahmato. You say winter, I just smile. I made this picture yesterday when the temperature was around 60 degrees. The wind was blowing and well be back down in our so-called deep freeze later today.

So-called because even though it’s been cold for us, you are probably thinking is he crazy or what.

I’m probably crazy. But, it has nothing to do with the weather. Heh.


I talked with my pain specialist today. Not only are five vertebrae impacted by osteoarthritis, but that has caused a degeneration of the corresponding discs. My spine has shifted and I have stenosis between L 4 and L 5.

He thinks an epidural should help with the pain. I’ve scheduled it for the first week of February. From his description the “procedure” sounds more like out patient surgery than just a stick with a needle.

This will just relieve my pain. It won’t actually fix anything. The next step is minor surgery. A sort of disk is placed into my back where the stenosis is located. It is done from my side and isn’t anything major.

If that fails…

Give me those deep greens of summer. So sang Paul Simon. These are the deep greens of winter. Winter on the gulf coast.

I didn’t have to do anything to the picture besides just sharpening it a bit. That’s what happens when you work in open shade.

Open shade is especially good for outdoor portraits when you don’t want to do a lot of lighting. You can just bounce a little light on the subject and you are good.

I think simple is better. It’s up to you. Your working methods reflect who you are.

Stay safe, Stay strong. Stay mighty. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Keep your distance. Look after each other. Enjoy your weather. Winter or not.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

2 thoughts on “Winter in Green

  1. Such a beautiful green! I love the pattern on the leaves, too. So sorry you have the pain to deal with, and hope the procedure gives you some relief. I know for many it really is a lifeline!

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