It snowed again. I can't remember the last time we had snow this many times in one winter. It just doesn't do this down south! I'm ready for warm weather to come back. I did try some macros of the snowflakes. It was a dry snow, so I could actually see some of the shapes without anything to magnify them...so out came the camera!
I was trying to take some macro shots of snow/sleet/rain mix we had today as it fell on my windshield. I thought I only had some splats of ice and rain. When I got looking closer, I realized one shot had some great reverse images of the tree in the parking lot. I've tried to do this before and didn't get near as good a shot in the reverse images. Guess I should just focus on the raindrops!
The sun was out today. I loved the way it sparkled on the snow. The snow looked like someone had spilled glitter all over it. The temp got above freezing, so some of the snow and ice started to melt, only to refreeze after it started getting dark. Two photos today - the sun on the snow (I think I've got the hang of sun flare) and a close up of the snow showing the refracted light in rainbow colors. I didn't realize until I zoomed in that the sun sparkles on the snow looked like stars too! Nice little surprise in the details.
More photos from the snowy South! We got snow, then a sleet and snow mix last night, so it looks like snow but is crunchy when you walk on it. About 4 to 5 inches accumulation where I live. I couldn't pick just one photo again today....Here's one of the ice on my mailbox. Notice it's on the front from the blowing wind - put a layer of this on the road and you are in for an adventure! There is also snow on the top of the mailbox and ice about a third of the way down each side. The second is of a bunch of acorn hulls on the snow. I guess the squirrels remembered where they buried the emergency supplies. The third is icicles hanging of the corner of the house - you could put an eye out with one of these if it fell off!
The south is experiencing a major winter storm. It started as snow early this morning, then turned to a sleet and snow mix just before dark. It's supposed to continue through tomorrow. This is the type of weather that paralyzes the south. We end up with ice on the roads - and no one can drive on the ice! Thankfully, I don't have to go out all weekend. It should warm up by Monday so the roads will clear just in time to go back to work.
Of course I got outside and took a lot of photos. It might be another five years before I get a chance to photograph snow again - and then again I may have another chance tomorrow! Here's a few of my favorites. The first is my backyard bird feeder full of snow. The second is a shot of some small branches in the snow taken almost at ground level. The third is from my front porch with flash - I was trying to capture the sleet/snow mix as it was falling. Without the flash it was hard to see. With the mix falling now I wonder if I'll have ice shots to take tomorrow. I hope not - I have too many big trees really close to the house!
There was a weather advisory, schools were closed, and the ground shoud have been white this morning, but it wasn't. As often happens in Nashville, the bulk of the storm went north of the city and we got no snow during the night. A little before noon we finally did start getting some snow. I was at a preconference session of Imaging USA at the Opryland Hotel and snapped this photo at lunch time. The images I took today were "firsts" in many ways - first with the camera on all manual, first shots in RAW, first shots processed in Lightroom. I learned a lot today. Steve Kosak's session rocks!! Looking forward to learning more tomorrow!
Unless you live in the south, you probably thought I was joking yesterday when I said everyone runs out and buys milk and bread. Here's proof from the Nashville paper, The Tennessean.....forecast is for 1-3 inches beginning sometimes after midnight. Schools have already closed for tomorrow. At dusk the sky was still clear.