the beauty of a late snowthe beauty of a late snow

This past weekend we got blasted by a snow storm that had worked it’s way across America leaving behind large amounts of what I like to think of as a beautiful winter landscape.

I was surprised when I heard that we were supposed to get between 6 inches and a foot of snow overnight here in Wake Forest. When I woke up Saturday morning and it was still snowing I was so captivated by the beauty. I have honestly missed this since returning to America. While in Russia, this was the scene for so many days out of the year. After having been there for a few years, I had just come to feel comfortable in it.

So as I sat observing taking in this God given gift of creation, I suited up, grabbed my camera and headed out.

A short walk from where I live there is a wooded area that leads off from the road. I began my trek into the woods knowing that the further I got the more beautiful it would become.

I was captivated at every glance as I just marveled at the Creator of all of this. I don’t think I realize how small I am often enough, but Saturday as I ventured out I was sure reminded of it.

Photographing winter scenes is one of my favorite things to do. It can be a challenge as there isn’t always the bank of colors that you get in say spring or fall, but I love the images that come out of properly exposed images shot across the landscape of white and brown. I was fortunate to come across a small stream that was half frozen. This proved to give me some beautiful shots as well adding another dynamic to the two tone scenes.

After snapping off a few frames I realized it was time to put my camera away and just enjoy the view. I don’t do that often as my passion is to definitely capture the beauty I am seeing with my eyes, but there are so times that it is just a moment that I like to set aside for God and worship him in silence.

I walked around in the freezing temps and snow falling for another 3 hours or so before finding an open store to head into to try and warm up before making the long walk home.

We all need to take these times to enjoy God’s creation and know that we are so blessed to be able to observe His beauty and in some cases to capture that beauty in a moment forever through photography.

Beautiful Florida

This week I had the opportunity to travel to Bok Tower in central Florida. This is an area of beautiful gardens and trails that all draw your focus to the central Carillon tower.  The garden fills with the music of the European Carillon bells as they play for 30mins every hour.  The concert adds to the beautiful area that you are immersed in.  I would recommend this trip to anyone for a day trip to a beautiful retreat in central Florida.