Saturday, December 19, 2009
These photos aren't intended to be black and white but because of the beauty of the snow and the setting, it appears and IS black and white. Isn't it absolutely beautiful?
This is the scene that greeted me this morning when the curtains were opened in West Virginia. It started snowing at about 4AM and by 7:30, this is how much had fallen. It has been snowing steadily all day and the snow is more then twice as high now, but I'm NOT going back out there to photograph until it stops.
I'm snuggled warmly in a chalet style house in the mountains about an hour west of Dulles airport in the Shenandoah Valley. Behind me is an extension of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Twenty miles east of here is the confluence of the Shenenadoah and the Potomac. The beauty of San Miguel always fills my soul. Well, I must admit this has an incredible beauty also that has left me breathless.
Standing outside on the porch this morning to take these photos was unlike anything that I can remember experiencing in a long, long time. Utter silence. Not a whisper or murmur of anything except hearing a slight wisp of the glistening flakes falling. I don't think I'll ever forget this.
Purity - simple, but exquisite beauty. It occurred to me that I have not seen a snowfall of this magnitude in almost sixty years. I was a child. I didn't appreciate the nuiances of the shapes on the limbs or the quietness. At that point in life, I wanted to get on a sled and go down the hills. Well, maybe I'll get to do even that in the next few days! I bought snow boots yesterday........and brought a parka and mittens. Even bought a hat and earmuffs last night in preparation. Woo hoo.
I must comment on the grocery store last night. It was pandemonium. It reminded me of all the times prior to a hurricane when the milk cooler and the bread aisles were stripped bare. The storm warnings were out here for this snow storm. At the time, I smiled in remembrance, but now I understand the earnest looks on the people's faces. This storm has brought everything to a virtual standstill just like a hurricane.
Except this is gentle. A hurricane never is.