A Visit from Old Man Winter

The sun sets behind a tree as seen across our snow covered yard. See more winter weather photos at Burnsland!

The sun sets behind a tree as seen across our snow-covered yard.

Recently, we had a visit from Old Man Winter. I wonder if he is any relation to Old Man River? Maybe they get together and argue over who had the “Old Man” title first. Until Old Man Winter gives the cold shoulder, while Old Man River don’t say nothing and just keeps rolling along. But I digress.

Anyway, we got some snow, as you can see in the photo up above. But it didn’t always look so sunny and friendly.

A visit from Old Man Winter

This photo was from a day earlier. The snow had stopped falling, but the cloudy skies still remained. And don’t let the photo fool you - it was actually really cold outside. In fact, it was much colder than it usually is when it snows around here. Usually, we are right around the freezing mark when it snows, making you wonder if it will be snow, or ice, or both, or just rain. But this time around, we were in the lower 20s. Too cold for me. Laura and Jaylin went for a walk through the woods after the snow stopped, but I chose to stay inside and get some work done instead.

Yes, even though we only got around 1.5" to 2" of snow, that is enough to close down everything around here. Schools were closed, so Laura and Jaylin were home. And I chose to work from home instead of seeing how much longer than normal it would take me to get to the office. Thank you for making all of my stuff accessible from where ever I happen to be, Dropbox! It was a nice day at home, even if I did spend most of it upstairs at the computer.

The next day was more sunny, but still cold. I don’t think it made it above 22 degrees all day long. But the sun made it seem warmer. Until you stepped outside and realized that you were starting to freeze immediately. Like these bushes were doing:

Ice from melting snow at our house

Still, Laura and I did manage to get in a half-mile walk outside without dying, so it wasn’t all bad. Thanks to wearing two pair of thermal socks at once, my feet weren’t even all that cold.

And as you can see from the first photo, the sun did make it all look nicer, even if it wasn’t warm enough to actually melt most of the snow. You will be glad to know that most of it was gone from the roads the next day, which was Sunday, so that we didn’t have any trouble getting to church, even though it was a brisk 8 degrees outside that morning.

But getting back to the sun and the snow, here is one more sunset and snow photo, just for good measure:

Sunset and snow in our front yard

But even with a nice view like that, I am still happy for the recent 50 and 60 degree temperatures (as you may know, my preferred landscape view looks more like this). Because I like to be able to feel my extremities, after all.

May the name of God be praised forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him. He changes the times and seasons; He removes kings and establishes kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. - Daniel 2:20-21

About the photo:

For each of these photos, I didn’t stay outside for long. I made sure I had my camera set like I wanted it while I was still in the house, and then I would run out on the front porch, get my photo, and run back inside. For the evening photos, this even involved getting the camera on the tripod inside the house. All of these were taken from our front porch, just a few steps from our front door. But even then, I made sure to have on my coat and hat, just to make sure I didn’t get too cold. Have I mentioned that I don’t like cold weather all that much?

Photo: Each photo is a single Raw exposure, processed in Photoshop. Read more about photography tips, photo software, camera gear, and more at Steve’s Photography Tips.
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10
Lens: Olympus 14-42mm IIR and Rokinon 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens
Date: January 6 and 7, 2017
Location: Our house, Williston, Tennessee

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