Late Fall, and ALL Winter, the days are darker, my list of fun things to shoot gets shorter and shorter. But I still wanted to be able to go out and photograph something, anything. Bare branches with with water drops lose their appeal after a few times.
So I started to haunt the local corner stores, who could resist, they truly are the winter eye candy for photographers. We have only a few days per year that are very cold enough to necessitate moving cut flowers indoors so they don't freeze. Which means a vast array of color, texture, and pure beauty that lines the sidewalks.
I have quite a few in my area that sell great quantities of flowers. So I would bundle myself up, and take the camera out for a walk.
At first I would get some odd looks from inside the store, "just what is she doing?" But once I explained that I was photographing the flowers, they just let me shoot what I wanted. Sometimes I will purchase a bouquet, and sometimes I would give them a handmade card.
Living in the city does have it's advantages, and when you can take a walk, get some great shots, and see flowers all year round, well maybe it's not so bad.