Happiness = The first snow of the season
Plus, since my office is closed, I have a few hours to visit all of you!
It is hard to tell, but the snow was still falling when I took this image, allowing us, as my friend Jim over at Poetry in Motion said, to walk on virgin earth.
As I write this post, quickly before leaving for work, I am pondering if after 4 1/2 years it is time to freshen up my blog. I’ve not changed a thing since I first stepped onto the virgin earth of this blog space. Perhaps it is time.
As I write this post, I realize that several of my blogging friends are not the fans of snow that I am.
Yes, I have lived up north. I loved the snow then and I love the snow now. And the less attractive parts of winter make the warmth and new growth of spring all the more welcome.
The best part of this particular snowstorm? It happened on a Saturday and I didn’t have to dig myself out at the crack of dawn to drive to work!
We didn’t get much, maybe 4 inches or so. Yet still my heart is happy as I worry about the day when snow is a only a memory.
The question is: how do you photograph the snow in a different way? How do you avoid the same old snow scenes?
Especially when you’ve not left the house and are still in your jammies. When you stand on the porch in your slippers, where just a bit of snow has collected, and try to capture the glory of snow.
And then, you wander back inside and enjoy the quiet day, and the opportunity to play with photography.
Stay warm, my friends, and enjoy the day.
By the time these images post, the snow will be gone and the East Coast will have moved on to the next big story. Thanks for checking in this week. Hope you’ve enjoyed my #JonasBlizzard2016 images. And remember! I’d love to see yours, so please share a link!
Why the VT cup? Much hydration is needed when shoveling a long, steep driveway, and I just liked the way the cup looked in the snow.
Sunday dawned bright, with that crystal clear blue sky that often follows a storm. The temperature hovered around 20, but the sun made it seem much warmer.
My Weber Grill, forgotten and uncovered, became a work of art. Or so it seemed to me.
It’s been fun sharing a few photos at a time, and I very much appreciate you stopping by to take a look. To see other images from the Blizzard of 2016, please visit #Jonas, Snowbound Bike Chick, The Lull, or Keep The Feeder Full.
During much of the storm, I was inside working on Nurse Practitioner Continuing Education Units. I’d dash out to take a photo, and come right back in to work. Very early on Saturday morning (2:30am), I was outside shooting and was intrigued by the sight of this chair.
You just never know what will catch the eye of a photographer.
On Friday, there was a lull in the storm; a few hours when the snow stopped falling. I was dismayed!
Yes! I love the adventure that comes with snow. There is excitement in the air. A change of pace.
As David Dudley of The New York Times said, snow “briefly hides everything – the plastic grocery bags and mini-marts and dog poop and salt grimed Toyotas and sundry disorder of modernity. Watching the quotidian American crudscape transform into a fairy-tale kingdom is a legitimate wonder. Name another disaster that leaves an afflicted region more attractive in it’s wake”. It’s a great opinion piece; you should read it!
I spent much of yesterday shoveling a foot of snow from my driveway, and if you know me at all, you know that I’m not complaining. You also know that I am a huge lover of snow, winter photography, and adventure.
So this week, in a change of pace for me, I’m going to post one image a day. The week ahead is pretty full, but right now I’m watching Peyton Manning and the Broncos take down the Patriots, and I have time to schedule some posts.
Thanks for checking out the photos this week. If you were in the path of Jonas, the Blizzard of 2016, I am hoping that you were nothing more than inconvenienced and that you are warm and safe.
So many things draw our eyes during and after a snowfall. It was the shadows on the snow that turned my head this day.
The brilliant sun after a snowfall casts the most wonderful shadows on the snow.
And aren’t those snow sparkles fun?
They bring a smile to my face even on a zero degree morning. The sun sure helps, too!
Stay warm my friends.
Many of you already think I’m a little out of my mind for being a lover of winter.
I know, I know, I live in Virginia in the US and we don’t get a ton of snow. We do get some temps in the zero to 20 degrees F but nothing like those of you who live in places further north. To my credit, I did live in Vermont and in Northern Idaho and loved almost every cold moment, even to the point of working in a woodlot in a light jacket, and going winter camping.
Ultimately though, I embrace most weather types. The beauty of Virginia is that we have a distinct seasonal change, so right when you are tired of one season, the next one comes along.
Leave it to me though to run outside this morning, in my PJs, to get a shot of the first few snowflakes (SO excited!) only to find that I had locked myself out of the house!
All you photonuts out there get it, right? Anything (almost) for that shot!