During the past week winter has a put a hard grip on the Laurel Highlands region of Pennsylvania. Many of the normal water sources I frequent have become mostly covered in ice. These conditions make the task of delicately balancing stones slightly more difficult, but just as much fun. I enjoy every experience balancing in nature and am always excited to pack a few extra items and heading out to create. Winter is a wonderful time to be out. How can it not put a smile on your face? Everything is blanketed in snow and open areas of water still contain the basic elements. In simplicity, stones and the motivational energy of the natural environment. It’s hard not to be creative when immersed in what winter provides. Yes the elements are real and they don’t go unnoticed. Hands do get wet and cold despite which gloves are worn, toes do get uncomfortable even with toe heaters and insulated waders. These items are necessary allowing me to sit almost motionless in an icy body of water. Usually the cold is noticed after the intense concentration is no longer aimed at the stones which are now in they’re new balanced form, a changed entity with a different appearance from all angles. Along with its independent beauty, winter truly compliments a completed balance and adds a different dimension to photos when compared to those taken during the other three seasons. I enjoy sharing my photos for the world to critique whether is be good or bad. The most important critique is my own… The most valuable part is the time spent alone, learning about myself, the natural elements and being truthful to my passion. Here are balances from my recent outings.