Yesterday a blowing snow, gray day above and a sunny day below, which do you prefer?
I have no problem with gray days, especially when the snow is falling and I have my camera in hand. These images were shot on the way back from grocery shopping knowing I would be passing by this park. The washed out look of the gray day images reminds me of a being in a fairytale land.
Above is the same scene on a sunny day in 2011, and I must admit, it was a more pleasant photo shoot with the sun shining as I remember. I did not even get out of my Jeep to photograph on the gray day. Is there something to this?
There is evidence that gray days affect people and are responsible for making them feel less energetic, irritable, and even downright grumpy. Also, gray days keep people in bed longer. From studies, serotonin levels drop on gray days making us more sleepy and even apathetic.
Melatonin is produced less on cloudy days, and is still being studied for how it affects mood and physical response. Depression occurs more often in winter, so much that science even gave the effects of the gray days a name, seasonal affective disorder, SAD. The prescribed cure to alleviate the blues by SAD is sunlight. Makes lots of sense too.
I just saw on the Dr. Oz show on Wednesday that folks born in the Spring months have a higher incidence of SAD than those born at other times of year. Ha! I was born in May and I love winter. Where do they get these statistics from anyway?
The gray day did not pull me out of the truck like the bright sunny day, but really I thought the scenes pretty none the less, although devoid of wildlife.
Have you ever noticed that there is less animal activity on gray days?
Hunters know this. Why? There is lowered visibility in foul weather for animals and noise level is heightened in their surroundings if it is windy or raining. This means animals’ own senses are compromised.
Snow will deaden ambient noise and makes the landscape a white backdrop, so animals themselves are more readily heard and seen. They become more cautious if not remaining in cover. Think these conditions are stressful for animals?
Most people only think of winter as being cold, drab, and dreary. I think a drab day actually has a lot going for it if you wish to photograph nature. The only thing stressful about it is making sure your photographs of snow are white and not blue.