Thursday, January 22, 2015

Beauty in the Cold

Snow on the Trees
The snow that fell yesterday afternoon resulted in an hour of shoveling the driveway so that I could watch it turn back into ice as temperatures fell once the sun set. The good news is that I got my 10,000 steps in for the day, as tracked by my Fitbit, by walking back and forth moving the accumulated snow.

The salt worked to provide some traction and prevent the car from sliding into the garage instead of stopping it should.

I am not a fan of snow and cold.

Despite this, however, I can find beauty in the post storm scenes which present themselves--such as yesterday afternoon on my way home. The snow had finished covering the region with 1-3 inches. Here we call 1-3 inches a weather event, however, I was reminded that further north that is just another winter day and no big deal. I admired how the snow covered the bare tree branches giving them an arctic beauty and transforming the drab gray scene into a white and fresh snow scene.

The beauty of the snow carried over into the early evening as I attempted to capture the scene of the snow covered juniper trees surrounding the pool reflecting the glow from the rope lights in the frigid evening air.

So, now the enjoyment is over and I hope it melts soon and the temperatures rebound. What a contrast because Monday I played golf and on Wednesday I shoveled snow. 

I think I need a palm tree fix, some warm sand, and maybe the sound of summer waves crashing on a beach somewhere.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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