Lens-Artists Challenge #107 – Winter
“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it’s necessary to stand out in the cold.”‘
I will admit I am not a fan of winter. The harshest winter we experienced living in the northeastern US convinced us it was time to move south. We hit the road in February of 2000, more than happy to leave the cold behind. Our first winter after moving to Charleston, SC we never once needed a coat and thought we’d found heaven on earth. That was before our first southern summer of course, but that’s a story for another day 😊.
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently?”
Unfortunately, it turns out our first southern winter was a bit of an anomaly, although we’ve had several equally mild winters since. In a more typical winter we have our share of cold days – although those in places like Minnesota or Vermont would laugh at what we call cold. For us, an actual freeze or snow is extremely rare. Having lived here these 20 years we’ve had serious winter storms exactly twice. The first was Named Storm Leon in January of 2014, the second in January of 2018. In the latter, 5 inches (12 cm )of snow with no snowplows to clear the streets literally shut down the city for 5 days.
“He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.”
Winter storm Leon, although I despise cold, is for me a very fond memory. Our world of ferns, flowers and leaves was suddenly and totally encased in a sheet of ice. Once the storm abated my husband and I donned the winter clothes we’d brought from our home up north and headed out to survey and photograph a world of wonder. We had the entire island to ourselves and the photographic opportunity was astounding.
“Well I know now. I know a little more how much much a simple thing like a snowfall can mean to a person.”
I’ve included three images from that day, the two above and one below. I’d never seen such a thing before nor have I since. Ice is almost non-existent here in the south and when winter hits in the north the leaves and flowers are already long gone. To see the plants encased in their icy shrouds was so amazing I didn’t even notice the bitter cold. Fortunately we returned to our normal mild winter weather almost immediately and were astounded that the plants weren’t harmed in the least. Quite a lesson in Mother Nature’s magic.
“The field was covered with ice crystals sticking up like a garden of little diamonds.”
We hope you’ve enjoyed having a bit of advance notice for our challenges this month. A big thank you to Ann-Christine for hosting July’s final season, Winter. We’re excited to announce that we’ll be starting August with a special Guest Host, Xenia, author of two beautiful books of poetry and photography as well as host of her two blogs Tranature and Whippet Wisdom. Be sure to watch for her challenge on August 1.
Sincere thanks as always to our followers for their creativity and continued support of our challenge. We look forward to seeing your perspectives on winter. Please link them to Ann-Christine’s exquisite post here, and use the Lens-Artists Tag to help all of our participants find you. Until then, as always stay safe and be well.