Make no mistake, I am a warm weather lover at heart. I would bask in the 85 degree sun every waking moment if I could. However, I try to make the most of the seasons we have here in Virginia and I get pretty excited and truly love a good snowfall a couple times of year. Why? Hmmm, I believe it’s because it immediately brings you back to being a child and playing out in the snow. Snow angels, anyone? Of course the photographer in me knows there is nothing more beautiful than a landscape in freshly covered snow.
I am also one that enjoys a good photography adventure and getting out as soon as possible when it snows before it quickly dissipates. I was fortunate to get out everyday during the Blizzard of 2016, aka, Snowzilla or otherwise known as Snowmageddon 2016. I stayed pretty close to home on Friday and Saturday, venturing out to Manassas Battlefield and Clifton to photograph some beautiful scenery.
The Battlefield was gorgeous and so peaceful when it was snowing and I felt privileged to have it all to myself. The wind was whipping something fierce and I can honestly say I’ve never experienced a time where the wind and snow combo provided such a brutal blow to my face while I’ve been out shooting, but in the end it was all worth it.
I have no idea how high the winds were while I was out, but I know they were strong enough that a branch broke off a tree, bounced off my spare tire and broke through my back window of my Jeep. That was an unwanted surprise, but at least no one got hurt… And truthfully, I wouldn’t change anything to experience the beauty in the thick of the snowstorm.