The Ephemeral Nature of Snow

It was a tricky forecast for yesterday morning, with some combination of snow and rain predicted, and no one sure how much or when it would happen.

So the kids got the day off of school but the roads were clear, and the trees were covered in wet, heavy snow.

Snow on Pine Branch

Naturally we went to Claude Moore Park for a walk in the woods, so I could take pictures.

Evergreens and Stream

Curved Branches

Something about the next picture of Henry under the cedars reminded me of a Miyazaki film, but I can’t say which or why.

Under the Cedars


To me, the bent tops of the cedars resembled the nave of a cathedral.

Cedar Cathedral


I’m thankful that I have kids who get really excited about taking a walk in the snow and mud. Henry is sitting on my lap while I edit this post and saying, “I want to do that again!” He especially wants to stand on the partially-rotten “log bridge” from where I took this next shot:

Kids on a Bridge

By late afternoon, the temperature had warmed and the snow was gone. I’m glad we went out in the morning and experienced this winter beauty while we could.

About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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